How often do you use your phone or text while driving?



In issue 797 of the newsletter, editor Chuck Woodbury talks about texting or phone use while driving. How would you describe your habits? Now, be honest!

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Dan Carioggia

Texting and talking on the phone while driving is not legal in S.C. yet we see people do it all the time. Until law enforcement starts to treat this like drunken driving my fear is that it will continue.

Rory Roberts

We have a rule, that the navigator (passenger) answers both phones, we do not use hands-free or bluetooth. I had an accident a few years back on my way home from work, not a really bad one but it shook me up. I was using a hands-free device, talking RV to a friend, when freeway traffic stopped because of a construction zone. When I realized the traffic had stopped I jammed on my brakes, but stopped a few inches later then I should have. Now if there is no passenger, leave a message, if we’re in the RV the navigator handles both phones, the built-in GPS, and any other e-devices in use.

Mike Buchanan

Texting I have seen way to often. I usually beep at them and shake my finger at them. They drop the phone pretty quick
Texting is bad enough but lipstick and mascara really floor me.
As a bus driver it’s just amazing what you see when you are high up looking down..
Can’t but help think they have an early death wish.


Living in the U.K. cured us of phone use while driving: stiff fines, traffic cameras and two hands to drive (stick shift is almost universal). We’re back in the US now, with automatic transmission, but have agreed to not use phones. The passenger can, and, does receive calls or texts, but never the one driving. If I’m driving alone, I check voicemail or texts once I arrive. Somehow, we survived for many years without car phones. It’s not that hard to wait. We just got addicted to instant access.

Debbie Hansen

I only use my phone while traveling as my GPS texting never….I do not understand why people have to be texting someone while driving. A number of years ago I had a friend killed because someone was texting while driving he slammed into her pushing her into oncoming traffic. Unfortunately every single day I see ALOT of people texting even though it’s illegal in my state. I have also stepped way back from even talking on my phone while driving most days my phone is in my purse in the back seat of my car. I am content to listen to music and unfortunately watch for inattentive driver’s.


I hope it gets to the point that every licensed vehicle is required to have a jamming device installed that prevents the use of any device while the ignition is turned on. That would include hands free and bluetooth as well. Since too many people seem unable to control their urges to communicate unnecessarily it’s time for the government to step in and help protect fellow motorists, pedestrians, or even folks sitting on their front porches from these self centered careless morons. It’s far past time to shut down inconsiderate drivers that think nothing of putting their own and others lives in danger voluntarily. Some would argue that having a phone can help save lives when reporting an emergency becomes necessary. In that case pulling over and shutting the car off is almost always an available option. I also think that the ridiculous large screen information centers in most modern vehicles is comparable to watching TV while driving. Driving a vehicle on public roadways should be a responsibility that’s taken seriously. No call or text is serious enough to put lives at risk.


Never text. My phone is bluetooth, hands free but do use unless necessary. Even then, I will just answer and not talk to caller until I can pull over safely. It is illegal to use the phone in our province and is strictly enforced.

Diane M

We never use the phone or text while driving because we don’t want our kids doing it. The least we can do is set a good example.


I hate to say it but those votes are not truly accurate. I think we have some folks here who do not want to admit they do talk on the phone. I agree that texting is a big no no. But talking and driving? The way things are hands free? I do a lot of calling when I get off work before i get home. A big bennie for me. So folks? Admit it. You talk more then often?

J. French

None as in zero.
When I retired 4 years ago at age 60 after being an Oilfield Drilling Supt. working Internationally with a satellite phone as a constant companion, 1st item that hit the trash can was the cell phone.
I have never missed it once.
Wife has 1 for herself which I may receive a call once a month.

Shannon Gallet

I stopped answering my phone, Bluetooth, hands free or otherwise,, years ago when I realized that during a heated conversation with a work issue, I had closed my eyes and pounded on the steering wheel. When I opened my eyes it dawned on me that 1. I was still driving. 2. I had gone about a mile and didn’t even remember the drive. I’m extremely lucky I didn’t have or cause an accident. It drives my hubby nuts, but I refuse to answer the phone while driving. Leave me a message, I’ll get back to you. Needless to say don’t text either.


I believe all use of cell phone – handsfree, bluetooth, etc should be banned.

How did we ever live in the past not being connected with others 24/7? I enjoy not being connected all the time.


We NEVER use the phone for making, receiving or texting when we are driving. It is illegal in the UK and there have been many studies which show that blue tooth or hands free is still as distracting as being DUI. It’s easy to spot someone using a phone while driving as they wander from lane to lane.



A year ago this week my husband and I purchased our first RV. Prior to this purchase neither of us had ever been in an RV. Our first ride was with the Manager of the sales dept. at one of the largest RV dealerships on the east coast. Not only was I a little nervous sitting in the passenger seat for my first ride but on a two lane road crossing a narrow bridge. I look over and the Sales Manager is TEXTING as he is driving a new 38′ class A!

Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY

When driving our Class A, the passenger always has both cell phones. Blue Tooth is used when driving our toad or daily driver and no driver texting. Accidents do happen but driving and texting is a crime, not an accident.


Neither the article nor poll took into account the technology that is now available in phones and even cars IF used correctly. Far beyond handsfree bluetooth, my entire truck is voice operated, so my hands and eyes literally never need leave the wheel/road. “Wipers on”, “radio off”, “read new texts” and voice synthesis, “reply” and subsequent dictation of any message, etc etc etc are all available commands. I’ve trained myself to the system and think I am LESS distracted by calls/texts than talking to present passengers (especially bored backseat kids!).

The poll was right to ignore tech…because it doesn’t matter as much as people believe…

I said “I think”… What your article only brushed on is that hands and eyes aren’t any good without your brain… Talking to passengers OR phone are still both taking too much processing away from driving your 18000lb rig down the road safely. With ANY complex or emotional discussion, REGARDLESS of handsfree, PLEASE do like your parents and “pull this car over” while you talk.

Debra Enzler

I never use my cell phone while driving. If I feel the need to I pull over in a safe place, park, then I will respond to cell calls, texts, etc. I don’t want to become a statistic nor do I want to be responsible for causing an accident. It’s not worth taking that chance! I’m out in my RV to enjoy life not destroy it.

K Nutter

I only use my phone for calls using the bluetooth/handsfree option. I never text and I never use my phone handheld. I have an automatic outgoing message when I’m in the car. If I receive a text, my phone knows it’s in the car and connected to bluetooth, so it automatically sends a text reply that tells the person I’m driving in the car and will text them back when I reach my destination.

Mark Hallewell

Do I use my phone when traveling? Yes, but only when someone calls me first. Do I text when traveling? No. I will often let people know ahead of time that I will be on the road and unable to respond to their text messages.


I hand the device to the passenger or wait till I’m stopped. Usually a stop light or other traffic interruption will give me a chance to peek. Don’t text or read while moving.