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Poll: Do You Text While You Drive?  
User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8690 posts, RR: 16
Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2309 times:

As a truck driver, this is a very funny thing to see. I am curious on how people text while they drive and concentrate while driving. My question is: How do you do it and do you do it?

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User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2311 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2301 times:

I don't...but I'll definitely talk on the phone while I drive...


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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8478 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2300 times:

No way.

I'll support making it illegal, with a stiff fine. In tough times like this those fines will probably help local governments a lot, and will also probably save a lot of lives.


User currently offlinegreggarious From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2292 times:

I'll only text if I'm at a red light and the light just turned red so I know I can flip off a quick mensaje. But Ken, with the things phones can do these days, how will you know the difference between texting, checking the GPS, changing songs on the stereo, etc. I don't think it should all be banned, a lot of the distractions on a phone are simply replacing distractions on the dashboard.

User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15833 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2271 times:

Quoting MCOflyer (Thread starter):
I am curious on how people text while they drive and concentrate while driving.

They don't.



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User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

I have done it before, but I don't anymore. I think it is highly irresponsable.


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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10338 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2253 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 4):
Quoting MCOflyer (Thread starter):
I am curious on how people text while they drive and concentrate while driving.

They don't.

Question asked and answered.

Hell, I can barely walk while texting!



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User currently offlinecptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2241 times:

Hell, I don't even use the cell phone when I drive.

WTF is text messaging anyways? Maybe it should be text "massaging"

My personal thoughts on what I consider valid text messaging is close to or slightly over 90% bullshit. Don't flame me too much...that's only my personal thoughts from numerous anecdotal observations, not controlled fact. Regrads...jack



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User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2236 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 6):
Hell, I can barely walk while texting!

   I second that! I wouldn't even consider texting while driving!



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User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2230 times:

Many phones have a full QWERTY keypad. When you have this memorized, texting while driving is easier. You rarely have to look down at the phone and when you're on a straightaway holding the wheel isn't necessary (for at least a short period of time). I realize I am in the minority, but yes, I text while I drive. I've been in more dangerous situations where I've been next to a driver reaching for a fry, putting on makeup, or fumbling for something or another.


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User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 9):
I've been in more dangerous situations where I've been next to a driver reaching for a fry, putting on makeup, or fumbling for something or another.

You mean like... shaving their pubes while driving?? http://keysnews.com/node/21349   

As far as texting goes, no, I don't. Not while driving, not any other time, really, either. I hate texting.

However, I have been guilty for using an iphone for GPS directions while driving, or googling the law on cell-phone-use-while-driving in various US states that I wasn't familiar with. I was, however, stuck in traffic at the time moving at about walking speed.



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User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2659 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2199 times:

Since I don't text anyway, why would I start to do it while driving? So the answer is no. Beside that, I don't place calls while driving and I only receive calls using the Bluetooth link built into my radio.

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

No. That would be totally, inexcusably irresponsible.

User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9268 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2173 times:

I don't text AT ALL when I drive. Occasionally I'll talk on the cell, especially while I am at work having to transport residents to/from doctors' appointments. If someone calls me to let me know a resident has to be picked up, I have to know, right? It's usually only for about 2 seconds anyway...

Altho, I do try to stay off the phone as much as I can while driving...



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User currently offlinemham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3723 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2172 times:

I've chit chatted on Yahoo Messenger while cruising long straight mostly empty freeways in the west. The Blackberry fits in the steering wheel. Its quite easy and not that dangerous in those conditions. Won't do anything of the sort in traffic though. Yesterday I saw two people doing it in heavy traffic, I looked because they were driving erratically.

User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2142 times:

I've been guilty of doing it before and am not proud to admit that I rear ended someone while texting. I was stopped at red light and let up on the brake a bit too much causing me to bump the guy in front of me. There was not much damage to either car (a small scratch) but I still have done it the odd time.


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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2122 times:

Nope, it's illegal here, as it talking on the phone.

Not that it matters, even if it was legal I still wouldn't do it.


User currently offlineGatorFan From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 331 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2115 times:

Yep. I'm very good at it.

User currently offlineDon81603 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 1185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

Yup, I do it day in and day out, BUT, I pick the most opportune time... In city traffic, not a freaking chance. On the open road with no other cars around, you betcha. But not at night, or conditions of reduced visibility. I do have a full qwerty keyboard, and can easily text with one hand while I drive, diverting my eyes for less than 2 seconds at a time (about the same amount of time most people spend looking in their mirrors). Never once, in over 1,000,000 miles (and I CAN verify the mileage) have I even had a close call when texting while driving.


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2094 times:

No. But I have done the following while driving:

--Sorted my laundry
--Cooked a rump roast
--Assembled furniture


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2084 times:

Here in Colorado, it is now illegal to text and drive. It is also a primary offense if caught, an automatic ticket. So no, I don't text and drive. I have texted and drove once upon a time, but not anymore.


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User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 9292 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 20):
Here in Colorado, it is now illegal to text and drive. It is also a primary offense if caught, an automatic ticket. So no, I don't text and drive. I have texted and drove once upon a time, but not anymore.

Smart decision, a good way to keep you and possibly someone else alive.



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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

Quoting MCOflyer (Thread starter):
MCOflyer

HOLY CRAP! I thought you were dead!   

I just realized it's been months since you've done anything outside of the airline manager threads  


Anyways,

Only when at a stop light and even then I just rather not.

If on a highway I'll take a quick glance and if it's urgent ill pull over and make a call. Otherwise nope, no way.

[Edited 2010-03-10 19:42:24]

[Edited 2010-03-10 19:42:54]

User currently offlinetheredbaron From Mexico, joined Mar 2005, 2329 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2052 times:

No, 20 years ago communications were not that important, everybody could wait 30 minutes, so why not now?


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21865 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2046 times:

I'll only text if stopped. If the road is straight and empty, I might read a text if it's short, but I won't respond on the move.

I will make phone calls, either via headset (preferable) or via the speakerphone function of my phone. Never will I hold the phone to my ear.

-Mir



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25 Mudboy : I absolutely loathe texting!! If you want to talk to me, call me!! When I am in the states, I am not one that carries my phone everywhere I go, and pe
26 Post contains images AirframeAS : How can I?? I'm deaf! (seriously...)
27 Post contains images texan : I was hit from behind by someone who was texting and driving right before that law went into effect. Down near the DTC area. I rarely texted while dr
28 MCOflyer : No just out on the road. I am home after training and will be here for family issues. I do not have texting on my phone thank god. KH
29 mandala499 : I do it (when/where it is not illegal to do so). But, I don't text just like that. Situational awareness can deteriorate very quickly when texting an
30 kmh1956 : Not on your life. Texting while driving is possible one o fthe STUPIDEST things a driver can do.
31 ShyFlyer : I wouldn't. Chances are she'll continue to text-n-drive with her new car.
32 LTU932 : Absolutely not! Neither do I talk over the phone when I'm driving.
33 Post contains images HAWK21M : I don't...........No Multitasking with driving.....
34 Tommy767 : Yup. mainly during traffic jams and red lights. never during constant freeway traffic because you have no idea when some idiot is going to stop short.
35 bhill : I think there ought to be a RF jammer in cars....I was rear ended on Christmas Eve by a pretty young thing texting when she should have been watching
36 Post contains images AutothrustBlue : I tried it once; I got maybe 3-4 letters down before I gave up and pulled over to finish the message. I don't do it now, especially after seeing more
37 RobertNL070 : Absolutely not, it is highly irresponsible. Multi-taking is a euphemism for split-tasking, something I cannot and will not undertake behind the wheel
38 Post contains images WildcatYXU : Perhaps you're too old for her so she wasn't really interested in your ass
39 IH8BY : Absolutely not. I have my phone in the front of the car, but it's turned over so I'm not even tempted to look at the screen. If people really need to
40 richm : No don't. I think it's very irresponsible and it's also illegal here. I also have the same view about those who choose to smoke while driving. Rich[Ed
41 lowrider : I don't compose texts while I drive, but I have made calls and asked someone on the other end to text me directions to thier location. I think composi
42 Post contains links N6238P : I'm just going to throw this out here but to quote this Time Magazine article from August 24, 2009... "Most of us are neither pilots nor astronauts. W
43 Post contains images ACDC8 : Real shame that most drivers can't shift the same amount of energy and memorize the rules of the road Fortunatly, texting while driving is now illega
44 AirPacific747 : Yes I do sometimes, even while driving cars with a manual gearbox, but not in any kind of situation. I usually avoid it in stop & go queues where
45 Post contains images TheCol : Only and idiot would text and drive. I don't see the point behind texting other than for paging purposes.
46 Post contains images AirPacific747 : However, some of us are
47 Post contains images ACDC8 : Its to annoy the hell out you by conversing with you even though its quite evident you don't want to converse with the indiviual ... There are so man
48 greasespot : I see someone texting or talking on a cell it is against the law here and I give zero warnings. One of my pet peeves at work that i finally get to do
49 ACDC8 : Are you exempt from the law like the RCMP in BC is? Edit: I should note that I mean in reference to using a mobile, not just texting.[Edited 2010-03-
50 greasespot : Yes we are while at work we are exempt. However I will only use it for official business while enroute to a call. For non urgent purposes I stop like
51 Fly2HMO : That's a no brainer. Having a blue tooth headset doesn't solve the real problem, which is not having 100% of your attention on the road.
52 Post contains images ACDC8 : OK, was just curious if it was a BC only thing. Glad you're at least writting tickets though The visor mounted hands free systems are quite a bit les
53 Post contains images WildcatYXU : I can't stand the headset. Can't help it, I find it distracting. Speakerphones are a different story though. I installed the Yada speakerphone mirror
54 RJLover : I don't text at all, so I don't text and drive. Before BC baned the use of hand-held cellphones, I used talk occasionally while driving, but didn't re
55 UK_Dispatcher : I sometimes send short texts whilst driving, but I don't look at the phone. I just text blind and very quickly check it before sending. I happen to li
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