Take Advantage of the New Driving Rules

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With the new rules re mobile phones and driving coming in to force today, I took the step of putting my phone on silent when I was driving.  Yes, there was still vibrate but as my exhaust needs fixed quite badly then I wasn’t going to notice that sound.

It was a very pleasant experience knowing that I couldn’t speak to anyone.  That I had that hour from Glasgow to Auchterarder to sit and ponder the world as I drove. In many ways I am lucky that now I am self employed there is no one chasing me for information, asking where I am or what I am doing.

That thought set me to thinking would this new ruling have an inadvertent effect on stress levels throughout the population?

How many have been driving and had phone calls that have sent their heart racing and blood pumping.  Whether through frustration, worry or alarm?  When you look at it logically, the car driver is not going to be able to do much driving at 60mph on a road who knows where.

A car is not an office, it is not

With the new rules re mobile phones and driving coming in to force today, I took the step of putting my phone on silent when I was driving.  Yes, there was still vibrate but as my exhaust needs fixed quite badly then I wasn’t going to notice that sound.

It was a very pleasant experience knowing that I couldn’t speak to anyone.  That I had that hour from Glasgow to Auchterarder to sit and ponder the world as I drove. In many ways I am lucky that now I am self employed there is no one chasing me for information, asking where I am or what I am doing.

That thought set me to thinking would this new ruling have an inadvertent effect on stress levels throughout the population?

How many have been driving and had phone calls that have sent their heart racing and blood pumping.  Whether through frustration, worry or alarm?  When you look at it logically, the car driver is not going to be able to do much driving at 60mph on a road who knows where.

A car is not an office, it is not a place for office discussions or dictation.  A car is not a home, it is not a place for remembering where little johnny last had his gym kit.

There are very few situations where the ability to speak to someone driving a car is a life or death matter.  A car is a weapon, a lethal weapon at that, all it takes is a split second and things can go very badly wrong.

Why not take advantage of the new rules and when you are going to be driving, let your office/family know that you will be out of touch for the next however long.  If we all start doing that now, using the rules as justification, how much better would things be for all of us?

a place for office discussions or dictation.  A car is not a home, it is not a place for remembering where little johnny last had his gym kit.

There are very few situations where the ability to speak to someone driving a car is a life or death matter.  A car is a weapon, a lethal weapon at that, all it takes is a split second and things can go very badly wrong.

Why not take advantage of the new rules and when you are going to be driving, let your office/family know that you will be out of touch for the next however long.  If we all start doing that now, using the rules as justification, how much better would things be for all of us?

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