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Turning with a cell phone(15 posts)

Turning with a cell phoneTypeOne
Jan 28, 2002 8:22 AM
I remember driver's ed with the 10 and 2 o'clock hand positions on the steering wheel.
My question is this: if a person is turning and gabbing on a cell, which hand should be on the wheel? The inside or the outside hand? Which would allow a person to take evasive action? And does it matter which hand holds the latte?

I never do this, but I haven't found the board for idiotdriver.com where I can post this facetious question after this morning's near-collision.
re: Turning with a cell phoneTJeanloz
Jan 28, 2002 8:30 AM
I prefer to drive with my knees, so that I can have the cell phone in the outside hand and the latte in my inside hand.
ya, what he saidDog
Jan 28, 2002 8:31 AM
t;hat's sillyDog
Jan 28, 2002 8:31 AM
Everyone knows you steer with your knees while talking on the cell phone and sipping your latte.

Doug
re: Turning with a cell phoneShad
Jan 28, 2002 8:39 AM
Evidently 10 & 2 hand position is old school. The MN State Patrol now recommends 3 & 6 due to potential air bag arm burnage. (My Dad just took a senior course to reduce insurance premiums.)

For the cell phone dilema, use double stick tape and attach it to your ear. That way you can eat, smoke, etc plus chat.
Forgot about the smokingTypeOne
Jan 28, 2002 8:48 AM
Yes, our ability to multitask should not be hampered by having to manuever a 3,000 pound vehicle through traffic. Your tape idea would also allow a person to tune the radio, apply makeup (uh, if that's something you do), eat a blueberry muffin, smoke a cigarette AND flip the bird to that damned fool on the bicycle.
re: Turning with a cell phonebikenut
Jan 28, 2002 4:51 PM
Sure you don't mean 3 and 9? 3 and 6 seems kind of awkward.
If 6 turned out to be 9? I don't mind - JH nmdzrider
Jan 29, 2002 5:49 AM
re: Turning with a cell phone + make-upChen2
Jan 28, 2002 8:54 AM
Sometimes I follow this lady in morning rush-hour traffic who can do her whole face including eye-liner using her rear view mirror and driving with her knees. Now that's skill.
-Al
re: Turning with a cell phone + make-uptarwheel
Jan 28, 2002 9:09 AM
I saw a woman driving one day who was talking on cell phone and reading a newspaper (or something similar) that was draped across her steering wheel. She was driving 10 mph under the limit and straddling two lanes on a very busy road with lots of traffic.
My cousin and her kids were in town last year, and I . . .morrison
Jan 28, 2002 9:44 AM
made the mistake of allowing my kids to ride in the car with her on the way to the store. When they got home, my daughter told me that my cousin applied mascara while driving, and then SEPARATED HER EYE-LASHES WITH A SAFETY PIN!!!!!!!!! (Confirmed by my cousin when confronted.)

I try to maintain my cool in most situations, but this time I absolutely lost control. I will never underestimate the potential for human stupidity, nor the creativity of the stupid mind.
www.CarREVIEW.com (nm)Allen az
Jan 28, 2002 1:21 PM
outside hand @ 12 o clock positionnn23
Jan 28, 2002 8:10 PM
If you drive a stick shift, it's not uncommon esp in stop and go traffic to drive w/ one hand on the gears. In such cases one always drive w/ the outside hand on the steering. (left in a left Hand Drive car and right in a right hand drive car. ). I usually hold the wheel at the 12 o'clock position, when I drive my stick shift.

So a natural extension of this would be that you hold your latte/cell phone/lipstick etc in the inside hand assuming you are not shifting gears at the same time. For that you'll have to refer to idiotdriver.com
Get off the phone and drive! nmcyclaholic
Jan 29, 2002 5:34 AM
SHUT UP and drive!clickclack
Jan 29, 2002 6:03 AM
and doesn't this belong on a car board???