I won't be reproachful - your life is your own!
What I am curious about though, is that firstly, how do you hold your phone? Do you keep both hands on the wheel and crane your neck awkwardly to hold your phone between your ear and your shoulder? Or do you take one hand off the wheel to hold your phone?I have an earpiece if the call is going to be longer than a few seconds. Otherwise, I use one hand. But, I, like many people, also use only one hand sometimes while driving and not talking. The other hand is near to the wheel and available if needed at all times.
Secondly, whilst I agree that you are probably a very careful driver, accidents are called accidents for a reason - because they can't be avoided, because something happened to make them unavoidable. So no matter how careful you are, you cannot avoid everything.A good point. Some accidents are unavoidable. But, then, if I wasn't talking, they would still be unavoidable. The accidents that are the result of talking on a cell phone are the result of making mistakes, not signaling, diverting your attention, being unaware of your "safe to swerve" or "escape route" directions or following to closely.
Talking on your phone - i.e. craning your neck or not having both hands on the wheel (necessitating having to drop phone to return your concentration and your hands to where they should be) could be the couple of seconds it takes between avoiding an accident and having one.As far as your specific concerns.....
Craning your neck....not an issue. I never have my body in a position that restricts my ability to monitor all aspects of my environment. Dropping a phone sitting in the crook of my shoulder wouldn't be any more time consuming than if I had been glancing to the right and there was trouble coming from the left. And you have to glance to the right and left and everywhere while drinving to keep a handle on what's going on all around you.
Having both hands on the wheel.....are you telling me that you drive with your hands on the wheel all the time? Both hands? Because most people don't. And I can control a car with one in most instances. As I've said, the other hand is right there if needed. It doesn't take a couple seconds to get to the wheel. It takes less than half a second. If the accident happens in less time than it takes to move my hand less than 4 inches, it was one of those "unavoidable" accidents.
I guess my question is, if you had an accident and you were talking on your phone while it was happening, would you happily and freely admit to the police that that's what you were doing? If so, well, I wish you the best of luck and hope that nobody dies (including you) as a result of doing so.Yes, I would. But I really don't believe any accident would be the result of my actions, because I don't change how I drive when I'm on a cell phone. It would be an "unavoidable" accident. So, I would give the officer all the facts.....where I was, what I was doing, what the other car was doing, what mistake it made, and why I was unable to avoid the accident.
BUT if you wouldn't tell the police that you were talking on your phone, then somewhere inside you, you know it's wrong and dangerous, and that's where I find it hard to believe that you still do it.
Be honest here, is anything you have to say or any conversation you might have so important that it can't wait until you're not behind the wheel of a car? Have you ever been involved in an accident or seen one happen? People die in car accidents all the time - careful, responsible drivers, too. Driving is a risk even when you are
concentrating and doing all the right things. Is increasing that risk worth it to you, for the sake of a conversation you could have had before, after, or pulled over to the side of the road?If I believed that talking on my phone changed how I drived, I wouldn't do it. For all the reasons you give. But you're right, people die everyday. Not from cell phones. From people doing stupid things while driving, from people making mistakes, being unaware of the traffic or weather conditions, following too closely or too fast. For some people, talking on a phone makes them more likely to make one of these often fatal mistakes. For me, though, I honestly don't believe it makes me a less competent driver.
I'm not trying to have a go at you - I hope I'm not sounding too harsh - I just really want to know what you think of all of these things. Taking your eyes off the road for any reason is dangerous - and those reasons do come up. To pick up, see who is calling, press answer, manoeuvre yourself so you can talk and drive comfortably - these are things that take seconds, and accidents happen in split seconds. No amount of care can change that, or help you avoid it.It doesn't take me seconds to see who is calling. My phone has different rings. I can change position and still watch the road. Doing so is not exclusive of talking on the phone. All drivers change their positions over a long drive. I know my keypad well and do not have to look at it to pick up the phone. Speed dial means I only need to press one button to call up a number.
I do wonder if you think it's worth it, to risk ruining your life and potentially others', just for a chat on the phone.I don't think I'm risking anyone's life any more than I am when I drive in other conditions......off the phone, with a passenger, alone, listening to the radio, etc. If I wasn't confident about this, I wouldn't do it.
Again, not trying to be mean
just curious that's all.Don't worry about being harsh. I have a tough skin and I like a good debate. In the same vein, I hope you don't form a negative opinion of me or dislike me from now on because we happen to disagree on this particular subject.