Mobile Phones In The Car- Distraction Or Okay?

The mobile phone usage in the car debate is one that has been talked about for years and there are already a lot of countries including UK, China, Poland, Australia and Brazil that have already said yes to ban the use of mobile phones in the car.

The main country that is yet to say yes on a whole is the USA and this currently is put down to the individual states voting independently to make a decision. States like Alabama, Idaho and Delaware are all still saying no to a ban whereas other states like California, Washington and New Jersey have already banned the use of a mobile phone. There are states like Florida and Ohio that are only working on partial bans and there is still a lot of confusion around what is going on.

Mobile Phones In The Car

With all of this in mind let’s take a look at some of the positives and negatives of using the mobile phone in the car.

The Argument for Mobile Phones

When you sit down and think of positives of using your mobile phone in the car there aren’t many reasons that tend to pop up. Answering a phone call you can do once pulled over or hooked up to hands free, checking Twitter and other social networks can be done when you are pulled over or better yet when you have arrived at your destination and answering a text takes both eyes from the front of the car for a long period of time, is this really a good idea?

The other side of the argument is that talking or texting on a mobile phone is really no different to changing a radio station, eating or drinking and even telling the kids to quiet down in the back and these are not going to be banned anytime soon. Whilst these are not going to be banned they are still frowned upon as you have to take concentration from driving to carry the tasks out!

The only time it might be a good idea to us you’re mobile without hands free is perhaps if you are stuck in traffic or calling the emergency services. If you are not moving when stuck in traffic then you cannot really do anything wrong when using mobile phones in the car.

If you are constantly talking on your mobile phone when driving about what is the reason why you have not purchased one of the best mobile phone accessories out there, the hands free kit? Even if your state or country says it is fine to use your phone when driving your concentration and judgment skills are going to be down and your reaction times are around 50% slower which could result in an accident, just buy a kit and be safe or be even safer and turn the thing off when you are driving!

Ryan is a car fanatic working for a company that sell mobile phone accessories including the hands free kit! You can find him on Twitter @ ryanogs

Outlawing All Cell Phone Use Not Practical

Outlawing All Cell Phone Use Not Practical

South Carolina took important steps in reducing cell phone use on their roads this week by banning cell phone use by the SC Department of Transportation and the Department of Safety employees while operating state motor vehicles. The state policy might become state law and legislatures consider banning texting for all drivers in the state.

According to national statistics, 6,000 deaths in 2008 resulted from inattentive drivers. With 500,000 injures resulting from drivers that were distracted for one reason or another. And a recent survey found that 40% of cell phone users did text while driving.

The legislature being considered would ban all mobile device use that requires direct interaction but hands-free devices would be allowed. Individuals that disagree with the law conclude that cell phones are distracting when they are also hands-free. And enforcing the rules will be next to impossible. Adding a violation when drivers are pulled over for other infractions is the most likely result.