Quote: Originally Posted by eh1eh
I'm a truck driver with over one million accident free miles, mostly in Southern Ontario and Toronto, and my first cell phone was a Novatel. I have routinely eaten a sandwich, changed gears, talked on the phone, changed gears, written down info from dispatch, had another bite of said sandwich, changed gears, yelled at a really dumb twit car driver, changed gears, written down the remaining info from dispatch, had a quick slug of Coke, changed gears, hung up the phone and continued on my way accident free.
Learn to drive you TWITS and then you could talk on the phone and drive. The real problem is the TWITS in cars that never actually learned to drive.
Sorry for the rant people but really the actually phone is not the problem, it's the user.
I wouldn't apologize for the rant...everyone needs one now and then and I find they can usually get the thread moving along. Besides, you're telling us how you feel about the subject and why...can't be bad at all.
Now, I think you raised a very critical point in your post. You said, "The real problem is the TWITS in cars that never actually learned to drive
." I agree with you. Some people don't seem to know how to drive, even though they passed the course on how to start the car, observe signs, and all the other stuff contained in the driving courses.
Here's why I say this...Last winter, I got a call from a friend in Vancouver who was planning to come up here (about a 6.5 hour drive) for a visit. He and I were chatting on the phone about the best route to take, as there are a couple of choices. I suggested the Fraser Canyon (No. 1 Hwy.) vs. the Coquihalla. I explained that the Fraser route would likely have less snow and better road conditions as it doesn't rise as high as the other route. There was a brief moment of silence on the other end and then he asked, "Is that important?" I began to explain about ice and stuff, and then I stopped and asked him, "Do you have any experience driving in snowy/icy conditions?" He said, "no." I asked, "Never?" He said, "Never." I then asked him if he had winter tires on his car. He told me they were good for all road conditions...i.e., "all season" tires. Oh boy...
The bottom line is, he didn't have a clue as to how to drive on a snow or ice-covered highway, and this was going to be in mountainous terrain - the worst possible place to have a first-time winter driving experience.
I started to give him a "driving course" on the phone, which probably scared the crap out of him...that was the objective. We both agreed that he should postpone the trip until late spring/early summer, which he did. We had a good visit and everything ended up OK.
My point is, how in hell (or shall we say, "Canada") can a person be legally entitled to drive in snow/ice conditions if they've never been trained on it? It's a very different experience than driving on dry or rain-sliced roads. And a hell of a lot more dangerous.
That's just an example of how some people really "don't know how to drive."
I would like to see a mandatory course for real driving that would include real, live emergency situations at all speeds, and a whole bunch more hands-on training to better prepare people for what really does happen out there on the roads. It would require some big changes to the training venue, but I think it would be well worth the expense to do it. Then we might see some real driving
, real control of the vehicle in all conditions and situations, instead of just pointing the car in a direction and hoping like hell you get there in one piece, without anything going wrong.
Currently, dimwit drivers can be found in all kinds of vehicles...cars, trucks, motorhomes, school buses,...anything. Can't really single out any one group there.