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Old 02.09.2015, 09:22
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Texting whilst I'm driving.

Firstly, I absolutely abhor the use of a mobile device in the hand, whilst driving - especially texting. I've invested 30 of my hard-earned chufs in a Bluetooth in-the-ear jobby, which is the obvious solution.

In my personal experience, I've seen predominantly (although not exclusively) women doing this - hardly surprising as they're not very good at time management; they certainly shouldn't be texting, as they drive, as they can neither drive properly, at the best of times, nor effectively multi-task.

I'm often tempted to feign a swerve towards them, when I see one staring into her lap as she weaves along the road, to see if they would notice, but thus far sensibility has prevailed.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share my texting experience when I drive, 'cos it made me laugh, yesterday.

After I changed my phone a few months ago, I am now accompanied by a virtual personal assistant, when I'm connected to my Bluetooth earpiece.
When I receive a text, she will offer to read it or ignore it - I just have to offer my choice verbally into the device.

After reading it, she asks if I want to reply - again I just have to dictate my reply and she will convert it to text and send it - with surprising accuracy.

All of my phone settings and voice recognition are in English, and she is a well-to-do lady who speaks correct RP English.

What really cracked me up yesterday, was her attempt to read me a text I received in German. If it hadn't been for the fact, that it was a standard one, which I've previously received, I would have had absolutely no idea what she was on about.

I don't know if my laughing whilst driving, turned out to be more dangerous than texting.
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Old 02.09.2015, 09:27
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Re: Texting whilst I'm driving.

Having a jobby in your ear probably didn't help. The mind boggles
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Old 02.09.2015, 09:40
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Re: Texting whilst I'm driving.

Mythbusters Ep 232: Dangerous Driving

It is just as dangerous to use a cell phone hands-free while driving as it is to use a cell phone while held in the driver's hand?

Initial testing was done on a course set up at the Alameda runway that Adam and Jamie had no prior knowledge of. To isolate the variable of learning the course, Adam ran the course "hands-full" first followed by hands-free, while Jamie did the inverse. For each run, the driver was asked a series of different types of questions meant to stimulate different areas of the brain used in driving, as opposed to the two parties simply carrying on a normal conversation. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of the myth: neither passed either run, both did better on their second run regardless of technique, and the average scores for each technique were nearly identical.

Feeling that the course lacked realism (due to the lack of traffic) and that they weren't representative of someone with average driving skills, Adam and Jamie set up additional testing in a driving simulator at Stanford University's Automotive Innovation facility, with the help of 30 volunteers (15 for each technique). Only 1 volunteer for each technique successfully completed the run, and the others failed at a near-identical ratio across techniques of getting lost-to-crashing. Additionally, an eye-tracking system used to measure the distraction of the volunteers quantitatively showed that drivers looked away from the road for an identical amount of time regardless of technique. With an overwhelming amount of evidence showing no difference between hands-full and hands-free, Adam and Jamie declared the myth ...

CONFIRMED!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MythBu...ous_Driving.22

DON'T DO IT.
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Mythbusters Ep 232: Dangerous Driving

It is just as dangerous to use a cell phone hands-free while driving as it is to use a cell phone while held in the driver's hand?

Initial testing was done on a course set up at the Alameda runway that Adam and Jamie had no prior knowledge of. To isolate the variable of learning the course, Adam ran the course "hands-full" first followed by hands-free, while Jamie did the inverse. For each run, the driver was asked a series of different types of questions meant to stimulate different areas of the brain used in driving, as opposed to the two parties simply carrying on a normal conversation. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of the myth: neither passed either run, both did better on their second run regardless of technique, and the average scores for each technique were nearly identical.

Feeling that the course lacked realism (due to the lack of traffic) and that they weren't representative of someone with average driving skills, Adam and Jamie set up additional testing in a driving simulator at Stanford University's Automotive Innovation facility, with the help of 30 volunteers (15 for each technique). Only 1 volunteer for each technique successfully completed the run, and the others failed at a near-identical ratio across techniques of getting lost-to-crashing. Additionally, an eye-tracking system used to measure the distraction of the volunteers quantitatively showed that drivers looked away from the road for an identical amount of time regardless of technique. With an overwhelming amount of evidence showing no difference between hands-full and hands-free, Adam and Jamie declared the myth ...

CONFIRMED!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MythBu...ous_Driving.22

DON'T DO IT.
i think you miss the point. the thread is just for entertainment purpose as nobody (except for taxi drivers) uses a bluetooth headset.
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Old 02.09.2015, 10:01
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Re: Texting whilst I'm driving.

I didn't miss anything. But the problem is finding these things funny instead of realising how dangerous they can be when driving. So no, I didn't find it particularly funny, sorry.
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Old 02.09.2015, 10:11
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Re: Texting whilst I'm driving.

From a University study. Confirms all of the expected points about texting and using a mobile device while driving, but their methodology allowed more specific assessments of behavior and function. One item of interest is the finding:


There is no direct increased risk from the specific act of talking on a phone, as long as the device is absolutely hands-free. ”Drivers talking on a cell phone kept their eyes forward,” Fitch said. “It’s when you take your eyes off the road that you expose yourself to risk.”


http://www.vt.edu/spotlight/achievem...d/texting.html
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Old 02.09.2015, 10:28
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Re: Texting whilst I'm driving.

..... and in my defence, I would just add, that, in reality, I seldom receive calls or texts when I'm driving, and have only used the dictate a reply method once, which was only four words. Apart from those from wife or daughter, calls are also rejected or ignored.

When I'm not driving, I also use the in-the-ear Bluetooth to listen to music, when I still need to be able to hear what's going on around me - when I don't, I have a double earpiece ear phones, to shut out the world ..... again, Bluetooth.
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Old 02.09.2015, 10:37
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Mythbusters Ep 232: Dangerous Driving

It is just as dangerous to use a cell phone hands-free while driving as it is to use a cell phone while held in the driver's hand?

Initial testing was done on a course set up at the Alameda runway that Adam and Jamie had no prior knowledge of. To isolate the variable of learning the course, Adam ran the course "hands-full" first followed by hands-free, while Jamie did the inverse. For each run, the driver was asked a series of different types of questions meant to stimulate different areas of the brain used in driving, as opposed to the two parties simply carrying on a normal conversation. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of the myth: neither passed either run, both did better on their second run regardless of technique, and the average scores for each technique were nearly identical.

Feeling that the course lacked realism (due to the lack of traffic) and that they weren't representative of someone with average driving skills, Adam and Jamie set up additional testing in a driving simulator at Stanford University's Automotive Innovation facility, with the help of 30 volunteers (15 for each technique). Only 1 volunteer for each technique successfully completed the run, and the others failed at a near-identical ratio across techniques of getting lost-to-crashing. Additionally, an eye-tracking system used to measure the distraction of the volunteers quantitatively showed that drivers looked away from the road for an identical amount of time regardless of technique. With an overwhelming amount of evidence showing no difference between hands-full and hands-free, Adam and Jamie declared the myth ...

CONFIRMED!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MythBu...ous_Driving.22

DON'T DO IT.

Did they test to see if using a phone was more or less dangerous than having a conversation with a passenger?
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Old 02.09.2015, 10:40
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Did they test to see if using a phone was more or less dangerous than having a conversation with a passenger?
I think a passenger in the same car is typically situationally aware, so say when a critical situation arises they would stop the conversation.
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I think a passenger in the same car is typically situationally aware, so say when a critical situation arises they would stop the conversation.


The Virginia Tech study referenced above found that passenger conversation wasn't too risky, EXCEPT when the driver was inexperienced. Thus the restrictions for new drivers in some jurisdictions to have limited numbers (usually only 1) of passengers.
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Old 02.09.2015, 10:51
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Re: Texting whilst I'm driving.

I haven't read the opening post, but I've read the title so I think that entitles me to launch a vicious rant at the OP about the folly and irresponsibility of taking both hands off the wheel, staring down at his phone and sending text messages and probably playing Candy Crush and Angry Birds at the same time.


You should be ashamed of yourself, OP! It's disgusting!
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Old 02.09.2015, 10:54
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Did they test to see if using a phone was more or less dangerous than having a conversation with a passenger?
I'm pretty sure I once read a report where they found that the phone was 'more demanding' even when hands-free. That folk just stopped listening to a conversation with another passenger when something on the road commanded more attention, but they tended to continue to listen to a phone message.
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Did they test to see if using a phone was more or less dangerous than having a conversation with a passenger?
No. The questions were more ones that made you have to think about the answer. Which doesn't say much about passenger conversations at all does it!
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I'm pretty sure I once read a report where they found that the phone was 'more demanding' even when hands-free. That folk just stopped listening to a conversation with another passenger when something on the road commanded more attention, but they tended to continue to listen to a phone message.
was it a test with a male or a female passenger?
or was it a mother in law?
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... For each run, the driver was asked a series of different types of questions meant to stimulate different areas of the brain used in driving, as opposed to the two parties simply carrying on a normal conversation. ...
So what's been shown is that if you call someone who's driving, there are a set of questions you can ask that will disrupt their driving ability. What's not been shown by this mythbuster is that normal phone conversations disrupt driving ability.
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I think a passenger in the same car is typically situationally aware, so say when a critical situation arises they would stop the conversation.
Reminds me of an occasion in UK when driving down a country road and out of a side road came a mini hotly pursued by a police car, the mini rammed the car in front of me which span and blocked the road.
I was able to drive onto the grass verge and stop without hitting anything. My mother in law said "why have we stopped dear?"

The other bizarre happening was the mini and police car continued the chase and left the poor guy with his wrecked car. It was before the time of universal mobile phones and I had no room in my 2 seater car so I had to abandon him. I hope the police did inform someone.
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Firstly, I absolutely abhor the use of a mobile device in the hand, whilst driving - especially texting. I've invested 30 of my hard-earned chufs in a Bluetooth in-the-ear jobby, which is the obvious solution.

In my personal experience, I've seen predominantly (although not exclusively) women doing this - hardly surprising as they're not very good at time management; they certainly shouldn't be texting, as they drive, as they can neither drive properly, at the best of times, nor effectively multi-task.

I'm often tempted to feign a swerve towards them, when I see one staring into her lap as she weaves along the road, to see if they would notice, but thus far sensibility has prevailed.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share my texting experience when I drive, 'cos it made me laugh, yesterday.

After I changed my phone a few months ago, I am now accompanied by a virtual personal assistant, when I'm connected to my Bluetooth earpiece.
When I receive a text, she will offer to read it or ignore it - I just have to offer my choice verbally into the device.

After reading it, she asks if I want to reply - again I just have to dictate my reply and she will convert it to text and send it - with surprising accuracy.

All of my phone settings and voice recognition are in English, and she is a well-to-do lady who speaks correct RP English.

What really cracked me up yesterday, was her attempt to read me a text I received in German. If it hadn't been for the fact, that it was a standard one, which I've previously received, I would have had absolutely no idea what she was on about.

I don't know if my laughing whilst driving, turned out to be more dangerous than texting.
You should have stopped your post at the third paragraph.
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Re: Texting whilst I'm driving.

I don't text while driving it distracts me from staying 50cm* from the rear bumper of the car in front.





*Reduced to 10cm in city driving
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Firstly, women are crap at driving, blah blah

when I see one staring into her lap.


They can't even multitask, blah blah....
I take offense at that. She might be admiring her very shapely skirt.
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Re: Texting whilst I'm driving.

I spend most of the time driving facing the wrong way telling kids to STFU and stop fighting.. and telling the wife that i'm fully aware that there's a cyclist 4km ahead of us and yes I've already seen the children playing football inside in the fenced area of the school 1km away and yes I know I'm travelling 0.03kph above the speed limit and yes I heard the sat nav lady saying 'take the next exit' .

I don't need distractions from blueteeth or text messengers!
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