Re: First autos then boats
- From: "Wilbur Hubbard" <wilburhubbard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2007 13:45:47 -0400
"chrisR" <chris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:46e35ed1$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
"terry" <tsanford@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On Sep 8, 10:26 am, "Dennis Pogson" <dennis_nospampog...@xxxxxxxxxxxx>calls,
> Steve Firth wrote:
> > Wilbur Hubbard <wilburhubb...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> What kind of country are you blokes stuck in over there?
> > One that has one third of the US motoring fatality level. We like > > to
> > stay alive, it's the best form of human rights.
> > You don't want to even think about comparing at our firearms > > death
> > rate, it would embarass even you, Craptain.
> The problem is the innocent mobile phone user who makes hardly any> but feels he needs to answer one single incoming call, if only to > informthe> caller that he will call him back at a more suitable time, is just > asphones
> likely to get caught as some of these twits who live on their > mobile> 24/7. I could certainly equip my phone with Bluetooth or whatever > sothat I> could answer the 2 calls a year I might receive whilst driving.
> It certainly keeps the electronics manufacturers busy, so they make > more
> profits, so the Government can tax them
We carry a basic cell/mobile phone. It can be used on our boat where
it is most likely to be on all the time and can be grabbed by the
While I am driving the same phone is plugged in to the 12 volt vehicle
for charging but switched off. It's there mainly for emergencies.
Same way; if the traffic is heavy and think we hear an emergency
vehicle siren through the slightly open window, even in winter, turn
off the radio, which you can do without taking eyes off the road, if
it happens to be on.
When alone first job is driving no matter weather or road traffic
Then when the vehicle is parked or at rest at side of the road flick
on the mobile/cell phone and see if any missed calls. If they look
important return them. If another person is in the car they can do the
checking while car is moving leaving the driver to concentrate. And
maybe advise "That's a call from Bill, says to get back to him before
midday. Best to call him when we stop at xyz? OK?". The passenger can
see prevailing road/traffic conditions facing the driver and can
communicate and suggest accordingly.
We have and have used a headset which is allowed under our legislation
(An eastern province of Canada where hand use while driving is banned
but poorly enforced), but am not personally sure that guarantees any
An animated telephone conversation of which I have seen a few,
complete with gestures body language cues, head shaking etc, while
driving in traffic, wandering in a driving lane, varying speed etc.
is in my opinion just as liable to distract any driver. Including
Also in my opinion using an instantaneous two way conversation
'telephone' is not the same as using a mobile radio with its protocols
of "Car 54 where are you?", "Over to you" or "Any vehicle in the
Edgeware Road please respond." Those procedaures leaving a pause while
the driving party negotiates traffic and/or decides what's more
important? Answering the damn radio (phone) or driving!
Ever notice too how a family member knowing ones habits will often let
the phone ring for much longer than a random caller? Me (panting
slightly) "Hello, yes. I was downstairs at the washing machine, thanks
for letting it ring; 10 times (although even that is only 60
seconds!). OK call me back in about an hour when I get the washing
done. See-ya later".
If one tries to answer every call one gets while performing another
important task (that of driving) it is a disservice to both parties.
Especially by males who are, it is said, much worse at multi-tasking
than the ladies!
I found GPS in a car very useful. Before I set out I set the destination
check the route is ok then don't have to worry about map reading while I'm
driving just listen to the directions if I go wrong it is instantly
corrected. I think it is a safety aid.
Horse pucky! It's a distraction.
No destination is so complicated than one cannot view a map (or the GPS) beforehand, memorize the perhaps half-dozen turns that need to be made and then drive there. If you're so feeble-minded that you need some gadget that has an IQ of probably 2 telling you how to proceed then just what conclusion can be made about your IQ? Answer: IQ = <2.
And, you're totally neglecting to realize that cell phones and GPS go hand in hand. When you can't figure out your GPS then you resort to dialing up the phone and driving along taking directions from somebody at the place you're going to. They tell you where to turn. They know the way. Are they that much smarter than you? Why can't you take a few minutes to study a map so you also know the way? Cell phone or GPS, either way it's the wrong way to drive.
Just think of the billions of people who arrived at their destinations safe and sound before the advent of cell phones and GPS. Have you already forgotten the correct and sensible way to drive. That is to know where you are and to know where you're going before you get behind the wheel?
Now run along!
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