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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 29-06-2014, 14:15
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Kids are the biggest distraction in cars. I used to ferry them around as a cab years ago. Threw several out when they became very disruptive.
Luckily it was peeing with rain each time so hope it taught them something.

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4maddogs - I totally agree with you about the dangers of smoking whilst driving.

Just imagine the rigmarole of getting a fag out of a packet, finding the lighter, then lighting it, then putting down the lighter somewhere then smoking the fag, getting rid of the ash and then eventually stubbing out and disposing of the fag-end.

Even more dangerous is the roll-your-own brigade - the mind boggles at the sheer complexity involved.

All this needs two hands and eyes - all of which should be concentrating on driving.

Do I feel sorry for the can't-go-without-a-fag-for-five-minutes crowd?

Not if it puts me and mine at risk.
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Just a cotton pickin' minute pippin.

There are plenty of drivers on the road who have no knowledge of the phrase 'to concentrate'. I have the occasional smoke while driving, only because I can be behind the wheel for several hours. I never smoke in the m/home at any other time and I never need to smoke in the car.

The problem with many British drivers is that many British drivers are just stupid or selfish (or both). That is the way our society has been steadily heading for some time now.

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like 747 and many more on here who consider ourselves to be more competent drivers, i do concentrate ,if the phone rings i answer it hands free ,whatever it is, its short and to the point not a long drawn out conversation mostly "sorry cant speak much can you call back in 10 minutes "or "be home in whatever time", agree there's people who use it day in and out in long drawn out conversations that's when minds start drifting thinking of times ,dates, and the like.


have a total ban that's OK with me but does this also include solo police drivers, paramedics etc whose concentration must also be compromised while using their phones.

while a phone is available texting is the real danger,we see this every day round here.

we have a 20 mph speed limit round the local streets here, as yet as far as i know not one conviction for speeding as there are no police to enforce this, most didn't keep to 30 never mind 20, likewise with phones i can go out any day and see 5 to 10 people using their phones, because the odds on being caught are so small, police don't hang around on estates waiting, they wait where they know they are probably guaranteed to catch something.

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I totally agree with BarryD, loading a CD, changing channels/sound on the radio and looking or fiddling with the Sat Nav are all equally dangerous. Even children arguing on the back seat. Phones are not the only distraction IMHO
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