Honestly now: Do you use your phone while driving?

Honestly now: Do you use your phone while driving?
When it comes to hard data on distracted driving, it's not difficult to draw a conclusion. Many studies show that playing with your phone while behind the wheel increases the odds of an accident occurring, and so most countries the world over have enacted laws making the usage of mobiles illegal when driving. Of course, actually catching people in the act often enough for the point to get across is pretty hard.

So, many of us do it anyway. Despite knowing — even having experienced the effects firsthand — that checking out that last notification puts us at danger, we still reach for our pockets. And depending on what we do from that point on, that danger can be either relatively small, or quite serious, with research indicating that texting is among the most distracting activities, followed by reading messages from others. Yet, we do it.

Do you do it? Be honest now, the poll is anonymous and it's not like anyone is going to serve you a virtual ticket, so there's no reason to lie, especially since the poll options are intended to cover a broad spectrum of cases. So go ahead and lay it on us:

Honestly now: Do you use your phone while driving?

Yes, all the time
Yes, fairly often
Only every now and then
No, almost never
No, never



1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I don't drive, I ride a bike. But when need to use my phone I pull off to the side and stop. Because I'm not an idiot.

12. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Useless coment!

24. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Useless? Where I live cyclists are subject to the same laws and regulations as motor vehicle drivers, even though I have no license (not because it was revoked, I just never learned to drive) I obey the laws, use hand signals, know the Rules of the Road, I even know how a 4-way stop works, while 75% of motorists are completely baffled by the situation. Above all, I don't endanger myself or others by texting while mobile. I do glance at my .mp3 player while changing songs though. Because why the hell did I put THAT song on my playlist, or that song or that song? Winger? Great White? What the hell was I thinking?

34. ilani

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

75%??? source please? wait, so you DO glance at your device(mp3 player) while riding? You do understand how hypocritical you came out to be, no? Useless comment aaaand Reply!

43. Unordinary unregistered

You're not an idiot, but you never learned to drive?

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Get a Bluetooth Helmet.

44. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Pfff. Im driving right now as I write this... jk

49. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Then you might get hit by idiot driving.

2. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Read text from the lock screen sometimes reply almost never unless its urgent , but i will reply with voice message But i connect bluetooth to the car and use waze and spotify fairly often while driving

41. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I'm in the Waze/Android Auto user category. This poll is somewhat flawed, as it does not differentiate between those who are using the phone "hands-free" or not. Yes, I realize that hands-free is still on the distracted driving scale, but using Google Maps is quite apart from typing a message directly.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Never Because I Hate Driving So I Don't Drive LOL.

4. cezarmed2

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I drive every day but I don't use the phone while doing it. It's for my safety and also for the other people around me. Stop being idiots. Pull over, get your job done and then continue. Don't put others in danger.

25. Busyboy

Posts: 738; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Exactly. I only use it at stop lights to change a song on Spotify, never to text.

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

It can wait...

26. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

when u have a old nokia keypad phone,where ur fingers remember wht u are typing,then its ok.....but with touchscreen, texting while driving is a no no

6. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Everyone farts (including those who think their sh1t doesn't stink), everyone picks their nose, everyone masturbates (age permitting), everyone pisses in the shower. Everyone has used their phone while driving. EVERYONE.

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not Me So You Are Wrong.

8. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I should have made the disclaimer that not everyone has driven or had a license. I Am Wrong And Extend My Apologies.

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Admitting To Being Wrong, A Quality So Many Lack, Kudos For Being A Stand Up Person. LOL Your Profile Pic Tho.

9. deftozzz

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

I honestly hope than one day while giving a ride to your family /friends you crash and ur the only survivor. Then u might realise that a stupid call/text can wait 10min/1h/whatever. I never, ever touched my phone while driving, and if I notice someone is insisting I pull over In a safe place.

17. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

I don't piss in the shower (anymore), sometimes you will see it slightly and it is hard to cleanup :p. "Everyone farts (including those who think their sh1t doesn't stink)" If ppl think their shi1t does not stink, why would they not be farting? Wouldn't this ppl be the first to fart?

37. ilani

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Yeah, I never use my cell phone while i'm driving drunk! That's just common sense:p And i Never drink when i know i'll be texting while driving later. Drunk texting and driving just don't mix because I need to also be able to concentrate on shifting gears! Gee, i wish i had an automatic so i could do all three at the same time....

50. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Not everyone is nasty, sorry.

10. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

honestly unless it isnt very important i never pick phones i dont want to die

13. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Never. I don't have a driving licence.

14. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1277; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Never.. I attend calls via BT system of car only, hands on steering wheels always..

15. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, I'm a rider... I don't even have a car licence at the moment!!! Been riding since 10 years now! And am madly in love with my 06 Triumph Speed Triple 1050. Not blazing fast like a crotch rocket, a tiny 600 will eat it alive; specially on a racetrack but it's definitely characterful, torquey as a muscle car & fun... The freedom of riding is so intoxicating that I don't even think about owning a car... Using a cell phone while riding is out of question... When I ride; I forget who I am, What I'm going to do or what I've done... When I ride, I live the moment! But you wouldn't understand any of it unless you're a rider yourself... But trust me: RIDING IS LIKE POETRY...

36. ilani

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Am I the only one imagining Vin Diesel narrating your comment? "When I ride; I forget who I am, What I'm going to do or what I've done... When I ride, I live the moment!"

16. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

I have a bluetooth hands-free kit, but still i don't make calls while i am driving. Whenever i hang up, i wonder myself, how i already got so far. It is like a blackout. I just can't remember anything from the start of the call to the end. It is weird. It seems like i can drive safely, while not beeing focused, but it still scares me, that i can't remember anything, so i just don't do it.

18. SOGorman35

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 03, 2014

my phone is connected to my car via Bluetooth, and is stuck on the dash using a magnetic mount. I have a dedicated car launcher (Car Dashdroid) that I'll use to launch Waze and music before I start my trip, and if all goes smoothly, I don't touch either of them, and can change tracks using the steering wheel controls on my car. Anything I do on my phone while driving is equivalent to adjusting the radio. I absolutely do not text, browse the internet, take photos, etc. while behind the wheel.

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