Things to ban to make driving safer

Back in the 1990s I used to spend a lot of time on the road between Dublin and Waterford.  Often my boss drove.  In those pre-motorway days his speed rarely dipped below 80 mph, and he always seemed to have a mobile phone clamped to his ear.  Even then I thought that was a bit mad.  So I fully support the idea of not talking and driving - or texting while driving.

But not holding a mobile phone at all?  Without my phone to guide me I'll be back to having a map spread out on the steering wheel.  But that's okay, obviously.

And twitter has solved my traffic jam anxiety, as it gives me something to look at when the queue of cars stops moving.  How will I now avoid road rage?  Maybe I'll take up smoking again.  Oh wait, they've banned that too.

So what else could they ban?

...All Mobile devices.  Because whatever you do, they make noise - an alarm might go off you know.  Today with the Gards doing their clampdown, I had to reach into the back of the car, get my bag, undo the zip and then pass it to my son to take out the mobile phone and cancel the alarm!

...Children.  They can scream, kick, throw things, fight, or demand without stopping for hours.  Very dangerous while driving.

...Food and drink.  Because clearly it's much better to feel dizzy and sick with hunger and thirst than to take a sip or a bite.

...Radio/CD players.  Because you should be concentrating on the road, not your favourite song.

...Election posters.  Now there's one ban I could support.  Thousands went up today in advance of the Irish local and European elections in May, and I'm sure I wasn't the only person looking at them.

If you have any ideas, I'd love to know...


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  1. Over here a charity called Brake, a so-called road safety charity (i.e. pressure group), has called for the use of hands-free kits for mobile phones to be banned as well, claiming that these are as much a distraction as using a handheld phone. By the same token, they should also ban talking in the car, and the use of radios, and perhaps the use of radios by cab drivers (which is pretty much universal). The whole reason using a hand-held phone is banned is because you have to use one hand to use it, which could otherwise be used to steer or make gear changes or indicate, and texting takes your eye off the road, and none of this is true when you use a hands-free.

    I thought, instead of banning hands-free kids, why not just ban Brake? It's a nosy, noisy pressure group that seeks to diminish people's freedom.

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    1. My understanding is that talking on a hands-free phone will be banned here too from May..

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  2. So it will be safer when everyone swerves off the road to answer their phone?!?! Oh wait, next they will ban sarcasm ...

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  3. I can see where they're coming from to be honest...as I constantly have to tell my son to STOP TALKING to me when I'm driving! Admittedly it can be incessant but it does impair my concentration. As does talking on a mobile hands-free or otherwise. Even though I do it, the hands free version that is. Well, it saves time, doesn't it? Another multi-tasking activity?!

    I've just caught up on your last few blogposts, interesting reads as usual. Don't be too hard on yourself re: your Asperger mothering, you're amazing, doing the best job you can. That's all we can do.... xx

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    1. I don't think driving can ever be 100% safe, even if we all drove computer controlled cars, that would be subject to system failure too! xx

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  4. I did chuckle, because yes, our kids are the very worst most dangerous distraction. A squabble in the back, endless questions and of course, renditions of Frozen on a loop. I'd love to advocate for driving alone at all times, but then, back down to earth...

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    1. OMG the thought of Frozen on a Loop... *puts fingers in ears*

      Here it's endless replays of Britney's Greatest Hits :)

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  5. Driving in a bubble is the only answer - very boring though!

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    1. No that's something that hasn't been suggested!

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