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Are YOU are DISTRACTED DRIVER?! - March 28th 2015, 11:06 AM

Hello Everyone!

I hope you're OK.

And I hope you STAY OK!

Are YOU a DISTRACTED DRIVER?!

Click on the link below to see how quickly you can get into trouble.

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When you are driving at 60 mph - you have moved forward at the rate of 88 feet per second. If you look away from the road at that speed - as many people do - for 5 seconds - it is as if a blind person has driven your car for 440 feet. Or 293 feet at 40 mph. Doesn't sound that much? An American football field is 300 feet. Would you let someone drive your car with a bag over their head for the length of an entire football field? What if that football field was a street with kids and old people and dogs and mailboxes and trees and busstops and traffic lights? Pretty scary - I say.

A few years ago - I decided - while driving on a relatively empty highway - to adjust the clock on the radio in my car. [A Jeep Wrangler] To move it ahead one hour for daylight savings time. I am sure to this day I was only distracted for a couple of seconds - but when I focused back on the road again - everyone in front of me was STOPPED!! I had to slam on the brakes and swerve into the next lane to avoid hitting the car in front of me. And believe me - that's not something a Jeep Wrangler likes to do. One of the rear wheels actually lifted off the ground. FORTUNATELY - I didn't hurt anyone and I didn't get hurt. But it reminded me [once again] just how quickly the road in front of you can change. And this is something that driver's of ALL ages need to be mindful of.

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD and your HANDS ON THE STEERING WHEEL!

Craig!

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Re: Are YOU are DISTRACTED DRIVER?! - April 1st 2015, 09:21 AM

That's great and all, but I mean what do you do when you're at the lights and everything is stopped, you're just waiting for everyone else to go? I mean surely checking your phone or changing the radio isn't that bad. I did a driving test last week and the instructor I think told me like ten times to take my elbows off my legs when on a straightaway or at the lights, she goes "it interferes with your ability to steer".

On a straight, you don't need to steer, nor at the lights LOL. She didn't take any marks off of the test, but she kept telling me to keep my hands on the wheel whenever the ignition is on .


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Re: Are YOU are DISTRACTED DRIVER?! - April 2nd 2015, 09:29 AM

Hi The Limelighter!

In British Columbia, Canada, where I live - it's even against the law. Which I think is silly. Like you said - there is no law against finding a new radio station on the cars radio. Or putting in an different CD. Or looking in the glovebox for whatever. Or even turning to face someone in either the passenger seat or the back seat. [Which makes everyone look like Linda Blair from 'The Exorcist'!] Once you know that all traffic behind you has stopped I see no problem. But that's me. And you. The law says otherwise.

In B.C. some cops dress up as clowns or those guys with advertising signs to catch people breaking the law. I am TOTALLY against the cops doing that. In fact - it really pisses me off. The police aren't supposed to be con-men, tricking people. They're supposed to be above that. Many years ago, in Vancouver, some police officers pretended to be window washers. You know the type that run up to your car when it's stopped at a light to wash your windshield for some change. When a judge heard about it - he publicly announced that anyone who got a ticket [and there were a few hundred people who did] could rip them up. He made everyone of those tickets instantly invalid. Not sure why some judge isn't doing that now - with those cops dressed up as clowns or whatever.

As for your elbows being on your legs - I have to agree with the instructor. Although I don't see a problem with just one elbow. In an emergency situation - and that CAN happen at any time [a truck rear-ends you while you're stopped at a light pushing your car into the intersection!] you need as much control over that steering wheel as possible. Other than that - how did you do on the rest of the test? Any problems parallel parking?!

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Re: Are YOU are DISTRACTED DRIVER?! - April 2nd 2015, 11:27 AM

No problems with parallel parking, but I got myself into a right royal mess changing lanes.

I got the instruction from the testing officer to turn left at the second roundabout I came across. I immediately thought "sweet, I have to be in the other lane now, so I can turn into the left." There was massive traffic on the left of me and I didn't think I had room, so I proceeded to the first roundabout and then all of a sudden, I see the second roundabout and I realise I have to turn into the other lane urgently.

It was a stampede in my mind. I knew I couldn't stop in the lane with cars behind me, so I knew I had to change lanes, indicate and hope the other guy slows down and gives me room. I thought I had room in my mirror, but in the midst of the stress of both traffic and increasingly low levels of road ahead of me, I forgot to check my blind spot and nearly cleaned up another car.

There was literally no room from one roundabout to the next. At that speed, I probably had about two or three seconds to make a decision, because the roundabouts are REALLY close together. I need to learn how to keep my cool in heavy traffic and also need to adjust to the testing environment. Normally, when I am driving, I know where I am going to go and I know which roads I need to be on, which lanes I need to be in, and precisely how to get there.

It's a constant routine, because most of the time, I don't have many places I need to go to anyways. With testing, you are relying on the person to tell you where to turn and when, you have no idea where you're going, and that's something I need to live with. In the end, the lady said it was OK, but you have some habits to iron out .


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