Oprah wants us to pledge to stay off our cell phones while we’re driving. Not me.
I understand the argument: While on the phone, drivers are more distracted and therefore more likely to get into a wreck. However, I don’t understand why this ban on conversations doesn’t apply to person-to-person communication. In fact, I’d guess that having a conversation with a passenger would be even more distracting than the cell phone variety. I’ve not heard of any efforts to ban conversations while driving. So, I doubt the validity of the claim that cell phone conversations are inherently dangerous.
I will vow to be careful while on the phone — and to use a headset or speakerphone whenever possible so that I can keep both hands on the wheel. But, I won’t take the vow to quit using the phone in the car.