Texting While Driving
It’s 1997 and I’m yelling into a car phone that’s about the size of a beer can and about as much use for making calls. Factory fitted into a Ford Granada for a cool £3000! This wasn’t my car and neither was the Mercedes in 2004 with new-fangled voice activated dialling that kept connecting you to your Dad when you actually wanted your friend Brad.
And today the modern cars have hooked you up with the outside world before you’ve fastened your seatbelt and are trying to be so helpful it’s almost annoying. But despite all the mod cons I still see drivers of new cars with the screen pressed to the side of their skull. And does speaker mode make it any better if they are are holding it in front of their mouth like a spittoon? I don’t think so. Leaves me wondering if the car is actually stolen so the on-board PC doesn’t recognise the SIM or is it that the driver is too dim to get plugged in? Beats me.
But on the upside I have come up with a new sport of phone jumping. They’re easy to spot by the eyelids in their rear view mirror from the tell-tale downward gaze, or the lane wandering or the failure to move when the lights go green. So when I spot one I wait ‘til I’m close and then just as they look down I give them a friendly blast of the horn. It’s such fun seeing them jump. Try it next time you’re out – but safely please!
Clearly the car manufacturers and the law between them haven’t fixed the problem so we need a new idea. I’m thinking about a positive approach that lets people show off their good phone behaviour. A way of letting people use their phones the right way and let other road users see that they are doing it right. And how about an incentive for good behaviour – perhaps some free minutes from your provider or maybe a discount on your motor insurance. And I am not talking about a piece of software downloaded into the car’s computer but a simple accessory available from your local phone store for less than a tenner that anyone can fit to their car. So whether you are an action group for safer driving, a phone service provider or an insurer then if you’d like to know more please head over to www.apexideas.co.uk and get in touch.
Using phone and texting while driving is not a good practice.
Thanks and safe driving.