Case in point is the new hands-free law in Georgia that forbids even touching your handset while behind the wheel. That one resulted in more than a 100 tickers per day since its introduction at the beginning of the month, but we are fairly certain that any traffic cop standing at any of our great nation's city crossroads could achieve the same Georgian "success" story.
Phones just do too much these days. They are our go-to devices for chatting, recording, checking stuff online, getting directions, you name it. It's just hard not to reach for them the second something passes our mind, or we need to reach someone. Heaven forbid that a notification goes unchecked, that is why we wanted to ask do you (honestly!) use your phone while driving? Don't hold back now, we ain't Georgian state troopers.
Do you use your phone while driving?
I reach for it sometimes
Only reach for it during stops to change my music. Never anything else.
posted on Jul 13, 2018, 8:39 AM 9
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They should've added an option for "only when stopped"
posted on Jul 13, 2018, 8:42 AM 4
Depends a bit on your definition of driving. Also does pushing buttons on the Android Auto interface (on the hud, not the phone) count?
posted on Jul 13, 2018, 8:55 AM 2
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Probably not since it's a feature included by the car manufacturer and passed the necessary certification for the vehicle to be, well, approved. I'd argue that using the Android Auto hud of your vehicle isn't more distracting than the older, pre-smartphone infotainment systems.
posted on Jul 13, 2018, 9:22 AM 3
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But if your focus is on an Android Auto or CarPlay screen, how is this not any different than being focused on a mobile phone screen that you're holding eye level, regardless of how big the buttons are on the infotainment unit? Always wondered.
posted on Jul 13, 2018, 10:32 AM 0
I think its related to the amount of interaction that is needed. Pressing next on a infotainment or phone is pretty similar. But texting and Facebook takes a lot more. And its not easy to tell the difference for a cop between those two interactions when operating your phone during driving.
posted on Jul 13, 2018, 12:15 PM 0
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I'll admit that I reach for it sometimes, more so when my playlist is done playing way before I get home or to my destination. However, I try to open the exact playlist I need so I can idealistically quickly unlock and hit play during stops or stop and go traffic usually. The worst is when I'm also using navigation and the above happens, which is such a pain. I guess I need longer playlists or just hit repeat, but I would prefer for the list to not always shuffle in the exact way I played it earlier in the same day (I know, know).
posted on Jul 13, 2018, 8:45 AM 0
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Only for phone calls (I keep my dnd while driving on almost all the time).
posted on Jul 13, 2018, 8:56 AM 0
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Dungeons n dragons?
posted on Jul 13, 2018, 9:21 AM 4
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If you touch it once you're part of the problem. I include myself in that group even though voice control through the phone allows me to do virtually everything I should need. Just haven't forced myself to convert to full voice.
posted on Jul 13, 2018, 9:30 AM 0
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I reach for it occasionally but not as much since I have put in an Android Auto head unit in my Prius. California law doesn't allow for phone use for calling or texting. A phone can be used as Nav as long as it's mounted to windshield or part of the dash or cupholder/cd slot etc.
posted on Jul 13, 2018, 10:41 AM 0
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Poll needs more options. I don't know what "use" is defined as. Buy standard definition if my car reads me a text message I used my phone, even rejecting a call would be using my phone. I use hands free calling, sometimes pick it up if i receive a call that is private, and use navigation. Nothing that I consider worse than adjusting the radio. I wish all cars had Android Auto already. Driving a Tesla also makes for a different experience and level of safety when the car is actively watching the road and traffic. I'm against being distracted with text messages etc while driving, however pulling off the road isn't ideal either. We need more good after market options that support Android Auto.
posted on Jul 13, 2018, 10:56 AM 1
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