So much of the discussion we see in the press and in the regulations is aimed at the errant/irresponsible driver who is using his mobile phone while driving, but every call has at least two participants.
I know when I call someone, after saying hello I usually ask if it is a convenient time to talk. Should this question be – “Are your Driving?” and if the answer is yes, should your response be: “I’ll call back.” In Australia, South Africa and the UK, mobile phone numbers are distinctive, unlike North American numbers, so it is easy to know when you are calling a mobile phone and so the question is easy to plan into your opening line.
The following article excerpts show just how distracting mobile phones can be:
- Drivers who use a mobile phone at the wheel should be given an automatic ban, campaigners said yesterday – after research showed it slows reactions more than drink or drugs.
- A study found sending a text message delays reaction times by 37% while talking on hands-free delays reaction times by 27%. By comparison, using cannabis slows it by 21%, and drinking to the legal limit by 13%. Speaking on a handheld telephone remains the most dangerous – delaying reaction by 46% – the Transport Research Laboratory found.
Remember it takes two to tango!
Think Safe, Stay Safe