Oh... I cant do anything and drive at the same time. Sorry. Too many things to look out for. Kids, people who cross the highway by jumping across the darn dividers , and moronic drivers who are eating, reading , or using the phone while driving.
I was driving behind a woman a few days ago and noticed that she kept looking in her rear view mirror...took me a while to figure out she was putting on makeup! Did you see that guy from England who was actually reading a book while driving???
Thanks brr, I was so convulsed with laughter at my "newspaper" reading, that I omitted that crucial info.
And the latest guffaw-maker was on the news tonight: a tax on coffee (Seattle? missed the local) and a bunch of restrictions on the kind of coffee that can be served (organic, non-cruelty to workers, etc.) on pain of criminal penalty - 6 mos in slammer the suggestion I heard. I think it would be more effective to punish transgresssors by sentencing them to no coffee for 6 mos.
For those who may not find it. This is hysterical! What a Homer (no offense Mr. Simpson)
Strangest case? Bridges recalls an accident on Interstate 15 in Rancho Cucamonga: The person driving a motor home had put it on cruise control, got up from the driver's seat and went to the back to check on a meal in his microwave. The vehicle ran off the road.
Yes Chrose, this is a very famous case which won the Stella Award (the most frivolous lawsuit in the U.S.):
Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City. In November 2000 Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32foot Winnebago motor home. On his first trip, having joined the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the drivers seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly the Winnie left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him in the handbook that he couldn't actually do this. He was awarded $1,750,000 plus a new Winnie. (Winnebago actually changed their handbooks on the back of this court case, just in case there are any other complete morons buying their vehicles.
The Stella Awards were born following a case in 1994, where a New Mexico jury awarded $ 2.9 million in damages to 81 year old Stella Liebeck who suffered third degree burns to her legs, groin and buttocks after spilling a cup of McDonald's coffee on herself?
I was behind a guy last week on the toll road, doing 60 mph, eating cereal and talking on his phone. This is bad enough, but the cereal was in a bowl with milk on it!
About a month ago I was passed by a gentleman driving with his knees(i assume) as he had his hand hanging out the window, a phone tucked between his shoulder and ear and his right arm draped over the seat!
Why should I worry about my son drinking a coke while driving after seeing this?
DH was rear ended by a young lady that had thought she had stopped behind him...she was too busy putting mascara on to check to be sure!
But the worst of it was when my dad was working and pulled up at a stop light to see the young gal next to him brushing her teeth...toothpaste and all.
...And I think that makes a difference. I don't think it's irresponsible to eat something like a bagel (sandwich style) or something that can be held in one hand and is not messy.
I used to visit a friend on Long Island and before getting on the road, I'd buy a couple dozen bagels from this place she really liked. I'd always get one for me and one for my daughter "for the road." I got myself a coffee and an orange juice for daughter. I had cup holders and could manage the bagel in one hand. If the cellphone rang, I had daughter answer it.
It's the people like the Winnebago guy and the cereal guy who make it bad for everyone else. Within reason I don't think it's a crime to drive while nibbling on something. Heck, I know people who are a menace while not eating anything!
I think cars are meant to be driven with two hands. Remember driving school? "Hold the wheel at 10 and 2..."....not 10 OR 2! You can't make turns or swerve as well, if at all, with one hand.
All the near-accidents I've encoutered have happened because of someone holding something in one hand. They could not stop or turn in time. Thank goodness I had both hands on the wheel so they were near accidents and not bad accidents.
Sure, nibbling on something or calling in late to work in a parking lot or at a light is okay, but there are other places to eat and talk. Before you leave the house, for instance.
Well, that was my rant.
These days some cars have the ability to help avoid an accident. They have sensors which brake when you get too close to a barrier, and if you veer off course it tries to bring you back on course. The computer cuts power to the engine and hopefully the car will come to a standstill.
Anyone here ever have an old aircooled VW bus or bug? The engine compartment in the VW bus was almost perfect for cooking. It got up to about 300 degrees and had tons of room. It even had good convection currents going because it was an aircooled engine. You could do a roast chicken and baked potatoes on the way from LA to Vegas. That uphill grade really browns things up real good.
How nice it must be for one to have such an uncomplicated life that one never has to eat in one's car! There are times it's simply unavoidable and if done carefully does not pose a threat to anyone. I'm better with one hand on the wheel than some people I know using both. For the other 99.8% of the time, I drive with hands @10:00 and 2:00, signal every turn and sit bolt upright.
If I need to perform an action that would not enable me to pay enough attention to the road and I might be a hazard to someone else, I pull over. This includes driving slowly because I'm lost or the car is disabled. I get out of the way - and if more people exercised this consideration, driving would be a lot more pleasant.
Until we move, my husband and I have an hour and a half commute EACH WAY. We often eat breakfast in the car.
Muffins are hard to eat while driving though. If I'm driving, I usually just have coffee. There are so many parts of our trek that are straight highway at 75 MPH, that its not a problem to have one hand free.
I think I can give my whole attention to driving and still drink something the same way that I can have a conversation while driving, or sing along with the radio while driving. Or thinking. For heaven's sake. My whole attention has never been on driving.