4 Things That Shouldn’t Be in Drivers’ Hands

The other day, I posted about 7 things to do that leads to happier drivers.

Side note: I feel a little guilty for picking on those drivers who couldn’t afford the blinker option… One of ours just had to be replaced. Dang. Those are expensive.

One of the comments mentioned cell phones, and I realized that drivers with stuff in their hands are a brand new topic! Here are my top 4 things that shouldn’t be in drivers’ hands (I’ve actually seen people do these things):

4. Food. I’ve seen some interesting meals being eaten by drivers:

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  • A HUGE burrito. The guy was really into it, too. I imagined he was saying, “Oh, this…is the best…burrito…eeevverrrr,” with a mouthful of whatever it was inside. Maybe he was washing his face with it.
  • A bowl of cereal with a spoon. Take a minute to think about that one…ย  Yeah.
  • Coffee mugs. Hot coffee in an open container in a moving vehicle?

3. Reading materials.

  • That book was so good, one driver couldn’t put it down. The book rested against the steering wheel with the driver’s thumbs keeping it in place. I love books, too, but not enough to challenge my driving skills.
  • Maps. Remember when we had to use Mapsco map books or paper maps? Evidently, some people still use them.

2. Make up

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    Mascara. On my way to work, I watched a woman put on mascara. In rush hour traffic. Driving. She didn’t even wait to be stopped at the red lights. She was holding a small plastic stick in front of her eyeball… No sudden stops, please.

  • Liquid foundation. If you don’t have time to take five minutes to apply your makeup at home, then don’t risk other lives because you want to look good.

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  • Texting. Should never happen.
  • Phone calls. Probably can wait. Remember the days when we couldn’t make a phone call unless a phone was plugged into a phone jack in a wall? We did just fine in the car without a phone. (OK. So, ignorance was bliss.)
  • Navigation. I have a phone holder in my car, so I can look at the navigation system on my phone. (Yeah, my car doesn’t have navigation.) Amazon lists a huge variety of phone holders.

Someone please tell me why some drivers put their phones on speaker and hold the phone in front of them to talk?

What crazy things have you seen drivers do to “multitask” while traveling?

8 comments on… “4 Things That Shouldn’t Be in Drivers’ Hands”

  1. What a fun and informative post! I can’t say that I’ve seen anything other than the ones you mentioned. I love the eating cereal with a spoon. Crazy!

    • Diana Beebe

      So crazy! I couldn’t even imagine how they kept the car on the road. Some people can drive with their knees, but not me. LOL. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. I’ve seen someone reading a newspaper! I have been known to put on makeup in the car, but only at stoplights and my idea of makeup is blush and mascara. LOL I’ve seen people with open coffee mugs too. That one is amazing. I’ve never seen anyone eating cereal in the car. I sometimes did out of a big cup though. LOL Again, at stoplights. ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW, I’ve seen two Teslas and thought of you!

    • Diana Beebe

      I’m impressed that these people are such skilled drivers that tgey can read and drive at the same time. I wonder if they went to a special driving school.

      Awww, the Model S… *dreamy, faraway expression*

  3. I won’t mention where, but I recall a time, with vivid accuracy, driving by someone who was weaving in and out of traffic and when I was pulling around them I noticed that they were talking with their hands – both hands. As in, NO hands on the steering wheel! It was a sight to behold.

    • Diana Beebe

      LOL. If that person can’t talk without hands, he or she shouldn’t talk and drive. Can you imagine the excuse when they get pulled over for suspicion of DUI? “Honestly, I was just talking.” Crazy!

  4. I once saw a guy working on his computer while he was driving. Had some sort of set up so he had one hand on the wheel, one on the laptop! I gave him a wide berth! O.O

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