Hands-free isn’t concentration-free

Hands-free isn’t concentration-free

I’m firmly of the opinion that we should ban children in cars. It would solve a multitude of problems:

  1. The majority of people could get away with a car that only has two seats, thus allowing them to go through their mid-life crisis at a much earlier age
  2. There would be an instant increase in the patrons for public transport – the kids would have to travel ‘bus stylz’, or better still, on the bike to help them burn off some of their Xbox-enhanced chubbiness.
  3. The school run traffic jams would be a thing of the past
  4. It would be one less distraction for drivers to deal with.

At the moment the government is mulling over banning cellphone use in cars. It’s a distraction, they say. Yes, but so is putting on mascara, drinking coffee, changing the radio and doing the fingers at a driver with kids in the back who just cut you off. I know some women who can do all those four at once – talk about multitasking!

So, if women are the great multitaskers maybe they should be exempt from the cellphone ban and us guys will have to do with ‘waiting until we get to the office.’

Well, there’s a better solution. Many new cars are coming with Bluetooth so that you can hook your phone up hands-free straight to the car. The car will even read your text messages out to you. The FPV F6 I had last week did it; the Fiat Bravo does it; Audis do it (for a price); it’s becoming de rigeur, just like having antilock brakes did back in the late ’90s. It’s no longer the preserve of those who can afford an expensive European model (and I’m not talking Heidi Klum!). No, the government will Seal [pun intended] the cellphone’s fate and we’ll be forced to use some form of hands-free kit. Now if only they made hands-free mascara applicators the throngs of women facing rush hour would jam the roads driving to buy one!

The point I’m trying to make is that anything we do in cars other than driving is a distraction, whether it’s mentally planning your friend’s surprise birthday party (yes, that’s a hint), singing along to George Michael on Jurassic Hits (97.4FM), or scratching your elbow. Cellphones are just another type of distraction, no better or worse.

I’m firmly of the opinion that we should ban children in cars. It would solve a multitude of problems:

  1. The majority of people could get away with a car that only has two seats, thus allowing them to go through their mid-life crisis at a much earlier age
  2. There would be an instant increase in the patrons for public transport – the kids would have to travel ‘bus stylz’, or better still, on the bike to help them burn off some of their Xbox-enhanced chubbiness.
  3. The school run traffic jams would be a thing of the past
  4. It would be one less distraction for drivers to deal with.

At the moment the government is mulling over banning cellphone use in cars. It’s a distraction, they say. Yes, but so is putting on mascara, drinking coffee, changing the radio and doing the fingers at a driver with kids in the back who just cut you off. I know some women who can do all those four at once – talk about multitasking!

So, if women are the great multitaskers maybe they should be exempt from the cellphone ban and us guys will have to do with ‘waiting until we get to the office.’

Well, there’s a better solution. Many new cars are coming with Bluetooth so that you can hook your phone up hands-free straight to the car. The car will even read your text messages out to you. The FPV F6 I had last week did it; the Fiat Bravo does it; Audis do it (for a price); it’s becoming de rigeur, just like having antilock brakes did back in the late ’90s. It’s no longer the preserve of those who can afford an expensive European model (and I’m not talking Heidi Klum!). No, the government will Seal [pun intended] the cellphone’s fate and we’ll be forced to use some form of hands-free kit. Now if only they made hands-free mascara applicators the throngs of women facing rush hour would jam the roads driving to buy one!

The point I’m trying to make is that anything we do in cars other than driving is a distraction, whether it’s mentally planning your friend’s surprise birthday party (yes, that’s a hint), singing along to George Michael on Jurassic Hits (97.4FM), or scratching your elbow. Cellphones are just another type of distraction, no better or worse.

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