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  •  In my entire life, I've never had to have anyone (1+ / 0-)
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    stop talking in my vehicle so that I could concentrate. I honestly feel like if someone is that poor of a driver in the first place, they are putting themselves at serious risk of an accident in general. God forbid that they ought to sneeze or have to pee or something.

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    by mahakali overdrive on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 07:10:15 PM PDT

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    •  It's possible... (3+ / 0-)

      ...that you have not noticed the ways that they pause and mention things. It's very subtile, but makes a huge difference. But then, the most recent research shows that a passenger who isn't looking is  almost as distracting as talking on the phone.

    •  I'll venture that you've never drivien in or (6+ / 0-)

      around a complicated transit system like Paris, Madrid, or New York, where you are driving on unfamiliar roads/expressways, and need to read the road signs to keep track of where you are, figure out which lane to get into and watch for a place to get fuel. Add fatigue, rain or fog to that mix.

      I'm a very good driver, and I'll admit that fast moving, multi-lane traffic concentrating is silence is preferable that trying to carry on a conversation about anything interesting or important.

      But I also refuse to talk on the phone with anyone who is driving, hands free or not. The last thing I want to experience in life is the sound of screeching tires, crushing metal, or someone screaming as they are about to die in a car accident.

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 07:50:53 PM PDT

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      •  Paris, across the US, Turkey, NYC, LA, etc... (1+ / 0-)
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        I took one driver's exam in heavy NYC traffic, FWIW.

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        by mahakali overdrive on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 09:49:08 PM PDT

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        •  drove a taxi in nyc for six months (it was a blast (2+ / 0-)

          and worth every hair raising incident!)

          the problem with drivers is they are no longer taught defensive driving skills.  i drive as though every other driver is in a yellow cab - leased variety.

          i used a blue parrot headset (trucker's headset) that is crystal clear - if not, i call later.  i have no problem telling the person on the other line that i'll call them back because traffic is getting heavy when it needs my complete attention.

          if every person on the road knew who was behind, beside, in front of and coming up on the side back as WELL as the flow three to five cars ahead of them, we'd not have these problems.

          if folks didn't try to squeeze into a space 3" larger than their vehicles at 70mph so they can get to the stoplight first, we wouldn't have these problems.

          if people practiced road courtesy, we wouldn't have these problems.

          if people only realized that doing 80 instead of 65 will get you to your destination only  save you a very few minutes of your life - (try 15 or less) and if you left 15 minutes earlier OR accepted the fact that you will be LATE, we wouldn't have these problems.

          well, a former taxi driver can dream, can't she?

          EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

          by edrie on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 10:58:50 PM PDT

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        •  Okay, your driving (0+ / 0-)

          experience is clearly superior to most drivers if you learned to drive in heavy NYC traffic.

          "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

          by LilithGardener on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 05:04:23 AM PDT

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    •  you should consider your disregard for the safety (4+ / 0-)

      of others before ever turning the key again.

      How big is your personal carbon footprint?

      by ban nock on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 07:52:50 PM PDT

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