The Water Cooler – Distracted Driving

December 9, 2013 12:55 pm · 35 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

Since texting & driving is illegal because you aren’t paying 100% attention to the road, what other things do you think should be illegal for the same reason (eating, reading, etc.)?

Talk about it….

J. December 9, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Smoking and driving.

Incognito December 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM

When I took drivers ed in high school, many years ago, we were taught both hands were to be on the wheel. So, if that is the case, if you are doing something while driving which requires the use of one or more of your hands, taking them off the wheel, then you are clearly doing other things and distracted.

anon December 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Dog in lap.

The Mamba December 9, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Driving while your wife is talking to you.

Silva December 9, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Anything besides driving! And putting on makeup!

Anon December 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Puttin on make-up, curling hair, etc

Dorothy December 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Parents paying more attention to the kids in the back seat than the cars on the road.

Unsecured pets of any kind.

Fiddling with the radio or temperature controls.

Eating and drinking, especially very hot or very cold things.

Combing hair with both hands.

parsley December 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Just not paying attention to the road in general.

Julio December 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I’m with Incognito. Apparently we are of the same era. You pay 100% attention to your driving and nothing else. I never had problems with my kids when driving. If you do I suggest you need parenting classes. If you need to do your make up and stuff then go to bed earlier and get up earlier.

Your Choice December 9, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Years ago European car maker decided to get into the American market and shipped over some cars. Dealers immediately called the factory complaining there we no cup holders.
Factory manager replied “it’s a car, you drive it”.

These days since drivers ED was eliminated kids aren’t taught driving Safety.
You have to watch the rear view mirrors, almost as much as being aware what’s going on ahead, for the one eating the tofu an sprout sandwich, while texting and drinking a triple mocha frappa something with the load of screaming kids.

How many seconds does it take to look over to get that bottled water?
Say it takes 5 seconds how many feet will you travel?

25 Miles per Hour = 36.66 Feet per Second x 5 = 183.3 feet
30 Miles per Hour = 44 Feet per Second
35 Miles per Hour = 51.33 Feet per Second x 5 = 256.65 feet
40 Miles per Hour = 58.66 Feet per Second
55 Miles per Hour = 80.66 Feet per Second
65 Miles per Hour = 95.33 Feet per Second x 5 = 476.65 feet
70 Miles per Hour = 102.66 Feet per Second

A football field is 360 feet

Braking distances,

Claire December 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

With the exception of changing the radio station or adjusting your rear view mirror, anything that distracts you from driving.

PJ December 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

It drives me crazy to see people driving with their dogs on their laps. This can’t be safe. It’s usually people with small dogs, but I recently saw a guy driving wth a Golden Retriever on his lap. How is this o.k.??

Kirkwood December 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Auto manufacturers aren’t helping by loading cars up with gadgets for drivers to play with. Cars should have all their primary instruments and warnings as a heads-up display on the windshield.

The Germans can’t understand why American cars even have cup holders, they feel that driving is an experience unto itself.

Anon December 9, 2013 at 1:39 PM

people just need to use their common sense while on the road! for example, I was recently almost rear-ended on two occasions while commuting to work. the most recent time the person was reading on their Kindle/Nook (maybe an iPad looking at GPS but STILL). the other time I just couldn’t believe, two left turn lanes, I was in the innermost last. when we turned the guy in the lane next to me drifted into my lane during the turn because he was using a dumbbell working on his arm muscles!!

please pay attention on the road people! it only takes a split second for something to go wrong when you’re distracted

silly rabbit December 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM

The only thing that should be illegal is driving while distracted… Wait, that’s already a law. Making other things illegal just criminalizes all of us who are already attentive, careful, drivers.

How about we make it harder to get, and keep, a drivers license. The more laws we write, the less common sense we are all expected to have, and the more idiots we breed.

@Incognito and Julio December 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Please don’t get upset when you’re stuck behind me at 10MPH because I can’t take my hand off the wheel to shift.

Anon December 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

“Dog in lap.”

Got to love those idiots– when the airbag goes off — it will kill your dog in your chest– remember that for the rest of your pahetic life you idiot

Isabelle December 9, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Distracted drivers in general who just can’t wait to get home.

Anon December 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM

“It drives me crazy to see people driving with their dogs on their laps. This can’t be safe. It’s usually people with small dogs, but I recently saw a guy driving wth a Golden Retriever on his lap. How is this o.k.??”

They were going to make a law against it–but SAC legislator voted it down

anonanonagain December 9, 2013 at 2:38 PM

The other day I had a young female driving behind with her ear to the phone while applying makeup. She had the mirror down as she navigated the roads talking, chatting and applying concealer, mascara and the like. I could not believe her stupidity. Everyone thinks that they are an excellent driver, it takes but a second to be distracted and it’s all over. Ditto for the people with their dogs in their laps. That airbag comes out at a high velocity of speed. Their little pooch will be impaled into their chests or thrown about in the car if hit. We restrain our babies/children to protect them from being injured in an accident why are people not doing the same for their beloved pets??

TC December 9, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Dog on lap… including the wife/girlfriend on/in lap.

Distracteddddd December 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Any kind of distracted driving should be illegal. That means eating, blowing drying one’s hair, brushing hair, brushing one’s teeth, putting on makeup, shaving, reading, etc. I have seen people doing all of these things while driving. I saw one nincompoop turn completely around to talk to her kid in the back seat while driving. How stupid is that? Also, people who drive with one foot on the dashboard or with their seat leaned all the way back–that should be illegal. It’s a shame that everything has to be spelled out and all these laws have to be written. People just don’t have any sense and it’s just getting worse.

@21 December 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Mommy, Mommy, that lady keeps disappearing.

Incognito December 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

I agree with the comments with regards to dogs on your lap while driving. If you really cared about your pet, you’d make sure he/she was secure in the vehicle while you were moving.

Incognito December 9, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Seriously? Who even drives a vehicle with a stick shift any more….

anon December 9, 2013 at 4:17 PM


anon December 9, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Americans have cupholders and gadgets in their car because they drive as they live – as couchpotatoes. Europeans don’t have cupholders or gadgets in their car because they get to drive the Autobahn!

Atticus Thraxx December 9, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Red heads and the left handed shouldn’t be allowed to drive .And Eskimos.

@Incontinent December 9, 2013 at 6:25 PM

People who prefer their driving to be a little more interactive.

slagheap December 9, 2013 at 8:03 PM

google glass, without a doubt.

Sam Bo December 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Blowing up balloons and making balloon animals.

Sam Bo December 9, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Standing on head while driving with feet.


Silva December 9, 2013 at 11:13 PM

@25 …I do.

Horse'n Around December 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Or people who pick their nose. Eeewwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

anon December 10, 2013 at 12:11 PM

There is a great line from Chuck Swindall about distracted driving. He said that when he died he wanted to go peacefully in his sleep like his father did and not screaming and shouting like the passengers in his dad’s car.

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