(Closed) Spinoff: impairments and distractions when you drive

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Have you ever driven under the following conditions?

    After drinking

    When texting/on the phone (not hands free)

    When eating

    When putting on make-up/other personal grooming

    When you were on prescription medication

    After taking illegal drugs

    When you felt stressed

    When you felt exhausted

    When you had a physical impairment (i.e. a broken bone)

  • Post # 17
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

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    @badabing88:  ughughugh I actually shivered at my desk at that mental image YIKES!

    Post # 18
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I have driven while on the phone (very seldomly, however, as I am well aware of how bad that is); when eating (frequently); when stressed, exhausted, or both; I have tried to read things (like directions) when driving; and I have searched for crap in my bag or the backseat. Naughty girl!! I generally do all of these, other than driving while eating, pretty rarely.

    Post # 19
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

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    @Regina Phalange:  Oh  my goodness, me too! Driving completely stresses me out! I don’t much like driving on the highway unless it is practically deserted (thank goodness the highway I routinely go on usually is very sparsely populated). I don’t like night driving, and get especially freaked out in cities and new places where I can’t go slowly. Blah!

    Post # 20
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Only thing I’ve done above is exhausted and stressed. Although in those cases it couldn’t be avoided. I try to keep it to a minimum. I just can’t physically do a good chunk of that stuff… It’s awful hard to even attempt doing any of it with manual transmission. I do text occasionally.. but ONLY at red lights.. and certain red lights (ones I know to be long ones, lol) I have handsfree technology in my car so don’t have to worry about holding a cell phone and talking and driving.

    Post # 21
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    This is really interesting.  Everyone is so adamant about drinking and driving…yet will do things that are just as dangerous…

    Post # 24
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Damn, I’m guilty of most of these Undecided  minus the drinking.  

    Post # 25
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

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    @MrsPanda99:  agreed.. that’s why I’ve definitely driven exhausted and stressed. It’s not like I could call into work and say “sorry I’m too tired to drive so I can’t come in” lol I can’t even imagine the reaction I would get. Although its one of those things that are definitely best to avoid. I have extended visits at friends and family’s houses by a night just because I was too tired to drive that evening/afternoon as I had originally planned.

    Post # 26
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

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    @MrsPanda99:  The thing is, I bet it wouldn’t be.  “Oh, honey, it was just an accident!”  Whereas if a person gets drunk and then drives, it’s, “Well, you knew what would happen.”  My argument is that someone who looks away from the road in front of her DOES know what would happen — she could cause a car crash.  

    I completely disagree with the legal limit for BAC being reduced to .05, which is a discussion in the US right now.  That means if I have a glass of wine and drive, and I get pulled over, I will blow over the legal limit.  It means that some women couldn’t drink even a lite beer and then drive.  That’s ridiculous.  

    The push in this country should be for SAFE driving.  I see people doing absolutely stupid things in their cars ALL the time.  It’s people who cannot drive who cause accidents the most.  

     

    My driver’s ed teacher (who, by the way, has like three DUIs under his belt now…) told us that there are no car accidents — there are only car crashes.  None of them are accidents.  It’s the only thing I took from his “teaching”.  

    Post # 28
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

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    @MrsPanda99:  Distracted Driving is illegal in Alberta and I’ve heard of people getting pulled over for things like doing their makeup,smoking, eating etc.

     

    Post # 29
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    @peachacid:  I checked tired, stressed, and eating. I don’t think any of these are near as dangerous as driving drunk (or texting/reading).

    Post # 30
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    Honestly, I think I checked off less than I’ve actually done. No to glasses, physical impairment, sleep aids and snow….but I’ve driven without 1 contact in before because the other fell out & I had no other choice so that’s probably very similar or possibly worse than driving without glasses that you need to drive. I’ve also driven with my windows fogged up or like, frosty/wet from the morning but not actual snow as it doesn’t snow where I am. I actually think I’m a pretty good driver but maybe I’m completely wrong. The things I do on a regular basis are put on makeup and text/other cell phone things. I don’t drink and drive anymore. I try to limit distractions to when I’m at a red light or stuck in stopped traffic though. I put my makeup on on the way to work because it’ll take me 25 mins to travel 5 miles. I have down time.

    ETA: having kids in the car is often very distracting as well if they’re not well behaved. My sister used to constantly be looking at the kids in the rear view mirror or trying to put a dvd in the player for them to watch or handing them stuff. She had her eyes off the road just as much as I do when I’m texting. I don’t think people think about kids very often as a distraction but they certainly are.

    Post # 31
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    @peachacid:  I completely disagree with the legal limit for BAC being reduced to .05, which  is a discussion in the US right now

    0.05 is common outside the USA, including my country (Australia). Page 1 of this document shows a big increase in fatal accidents between 0.05 (50 on that graph) and 0.08 (80 on that graph)

    http://www.transport.govt.nz/research/Documents/alcohol-drugs-2012.pdf

    “That means if I have a glass of wine and drive, and I get pulled over, I  will blow over the legal limit.”

    Sorry but I don’t have a lot of sympathy! The solution is don’t drive after drinking.

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