Do you use your phone while driving?

Do you use your phone while driving?
Distracted driving is reaching epic (and epidemic) proportions, as people even have trouble keeping strictly in their lanes now, while perusing their handsets for texting, chatting, or even playing Pokemon Go by defeating the whole purpose of the game.

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?

Very often
22.82%
I reach for it sometimes
47.12%
Never
30.06%

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26 Comments

1. Rager722 unregistered

Only reach for it during stops to change my music. Never anything else.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Usually I just spam "Next" button on steering wheel until I find something I like to hear :-/

2. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

They should've added an option for "only when stopped"

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Depends a bit on your definition of driving. Also does pushing buttons on the Android Auto interface (on the hud, not the phone) count?

8. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, that doesn't count. Only the phone itself.

10. peter.k

Posts: 78; Member since: Jul 05, 2017

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.

16. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

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.

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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.

28. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Makes a lot of sense.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Android Auto allows for voice commands - you don't need to touch to read or send a text, make a call, etc...

27. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

My car doesn't have Android Auto/CarPlay yet and it does this smoothly (2017 Mazda CX5). Eagerly waiting for AA/CP coming this fall to Mazdas existing and future vehicles..

3. libra89

Posts: 2310; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

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).

6. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1095; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I use it for calls over BT but I don't physically use it. so Do i choose never?

7. donhwan

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Connected to bluetooth! #FTW

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

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.

12. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Might want to specify what you mean by use. Do you use it for calls only, do you make calls & surf while driving or do you not use it at all? Oh, my answer is I use the $#ยก+ outta Okay, Google.

17. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

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.

18. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

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.

19. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1581; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Technically use it all the time since it's my music while driving. I don't text or mess with social media, but I've got no problem picking my phone up and using voice commands to make a call.

20. wabajak13

Posts: 57; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

It's a dangerous habit and I really wish I would stop before it causes a serious problem one day. I just get so boooooored driving

22. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Ah, yes, good ol' self incrimination. What could go wrong?

24. japkoslav

Posts: 1539; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Never, because stupid phone call, text message etc. can always wait - even on 2 hour trip. I used handsfree for some time, but I am not using it for more than 3 years now. Maybe later, maybe never.

26. wlecome

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

How many kids did vote?

29. DasGebuesch

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

I don't need to touch it. Moto X 2014 here. I can control it by voice only. Loving it. Hello Moto X *beep* saying command = profit.

30. highwaysnobbery

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Only use Android Auto now that I have a car that supports it. So yes, with caveat.

31. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I'm reading this now while driving. :O

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