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Like most REALTORS® I don’t usually commute during rush hour, but the other day I had to go to Baltimore to remove a lockbox so I was in rush hour traffic like all the other commuters. Another reminder about one of the things I don't miss about working a normal 9 to 5.

During the half hour drive I noticed a lot of goings on in the cars besides just driving.

Cell phones. Wow, I would have to say that about 15% or more of drivers during rush hour are talking on their cell phones. Most of them not using a headset either. We’re developing a generation of younger people who are going to be stoop shouldered when they get older from keeping the cell phone to their ear. You'll see, mark my words, they'll be stooping left or right, depending on what ear they prefer. What they’re talking about since they just got out of bed and hopped in the car is beyond me to comprehend. I'm sure it was riveting..."hi, I'm driving to work,"

Our cars have now become our roving cafeterias and offices.

Quite a number of drivers were munching on breakfast as they were driving. My informal survey seems to show that Mickey D’s is the preferred breakfast food for the car interior.

It goes without saying that more than 20% of the drivers were also getting their first caffeine fix of the day. As the slogan says…”America runs on Dunkin.” It sure seems to be the preferred coffee of drivers. Probably because they have more drive through than most other coffee joints. In the rush hour commute you wouldn't want to wait for the Starbuck's barrista to brew up your morning fix.

Texting on cellphones and Blackberries is going on more than you would like to know. You've been behind them on the highway. They're the ones who think that driving in the lanes is merely a suggestion. Drifting left or right at 70 miles per hours, not a problem.

Two people were actually reading a newspaper on their steering wheel. I guess they haven't heard of that new invention called the radio.

One guy was shaving with an electric razor.

Two women were putting on makeup…yes, while driving. Anybody out there besides clowns capable of putting on their makeup without looking in the mirror? Neither were they.

Two different women were curling their eyelashes with some sort of torture looking device.

All right, I'll show my age here. When I first got my drivers license in 1964 cars didn't even come with cupholders. Cell phones were only in Popular Science. Drive thru's...sorry, you had to get out of the car. What we did was drive from one place to the other. No muss, no fuss, just drive.

For what it's worth, I don't see any problem with drinking coffee or eating an Egg McMuffin when you drive. Of course there is going to be the occassional spill. Texting, makeup, reading are no-no's. The jury is still out on cell phone but I've seen way too many erratic drivers talking on cell phones to not believe that the practice is dangerous. Maryland hasn't yet enacted a headset law but I'm sure they will sometime in the future.

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Comment balloon 84 commentsRichard Iarossi • January 08 2009 07:22AM

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And you wonder why some accidents occur?  I love it when the parking lot is full and you see someone leave and wait patiently for their spot why they put on makeup, etc.  Good thoughts and a little scary!

Posted by Connie Goodrich, CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

I can't even touch up my lipstick and drive...not that coordinated. 

It does amaze me when I see what you've described?   Just thought of a great new group:  Let's all take photos when we see things like this and keep a running blog about them.

Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 10 years ago

I see women applying makeup all the time, I've seen people reading books...isn't that just as bad or worse than looking at your Blackberry?  All this multi-tasking drives me nuts.  Just drive....oh, alright you can sing to the radio.

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 10 years ago

I'm guilty of the cell phone part.  I have seen women putting mascara on going 70 miles an hour on a highway.  I marvel... I mess up my mascara standing in my bathroom! 

I have a friend who drives like a maniac.  I was with her one day and while we were careening down a highway she was on the phone with her left hand and when I looked over at her... while we are careening, she had her right hand in her glovebox looking for a pen.  Looking in her glovebox, with no hands on the wheel going at least 65 miles an hour.  I was in the front seat and I swear, I closed my eyes!

 

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 10 years ago

Richard, My daughter will be driving in about 2 years and it scares the heck out of me. Last year I made a resolution to try not to talk on my cell phone while driving but I did not last long. I have cut back on answering my calls because I really think that about 80% of those calls could wait until I reach my destination. When you think about it, unless it's a dire emergency all the calls can wait until we are not driving.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 10 years ago

Connie, I'm sure the statistics prove that a lot of accidents occur when people are talking on cell phones.

Kris, It's amazing that this stuff happens at 70 mph or better without a thought being given.

Suzanne, You really don't want to hear me sing. I couldn't be any more tone deaf.

Susan, Get out the wooden spoon and smack her on the hand.

Barb, All parents are fearful the first time their child gets in a car alone and drives away.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

I think we need to remove the steering wheel so that we can more easily eat drink talk, read the paper shave and do what ever as we drive to work. Fun post and so true. And I guess I am guilty too

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) over 10 years ago

 

Rich...

AHA, you didn't say anything about watching television while driving so I'm ok with that. Wait a minute, I resolved to watch less television. Rats!

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Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 10 years ago

Richard,

I have a hands free blue tooth system in my car and I still have cut back on my talking in the car while driving. If I'm trying to answer questions or going into detail I find I'm concentrating on the conversation and not on the road! Not good!! I did see a yung lady in a little red sports car with a portable dryer trying to blow comb her hair while driving! Is that insane or what???

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 10 years ago

I have had the pleasure this week of going to some continuing education and its in downtown. Yes it also reminded me why I dont like 9-5.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 10 years ago

Charlie, LOL! We're all guilty.

Richard, No TV watching during this commute...at least none that I could see. 

Dorie, Studies have shown that even with a bluetooth headset people are more distracted when they talk and drive at the same time.

Laura, I wasn't crazy about commuting when I was doing it all those years but now...I don't think I could handle it anymore.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

I would like to say that the examples you wrote about were ficticious.  However, I have actually seen a woman curling her eyelashes from behind the wheel.  She was at a stop light thank goodness.

Of course, there's always the guy who weaves around on the road because he's looking in everyone else's vehicle.  Mmmmmm.

We can't be too careful on the highway.  I see so many wierd things.  Speeding is the worst.  It's almost impossible to drive the speed limit without a wagon train of vehicles piling up behind you.

I pull over regularly just to let cars go around so they can speed. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Lenn, They really did happen. I used to commute on 495 to Bethesda every day and have seen worse. It scares the heck out of me to see someone with a Blackberry on the steering wheel reading and texting at 70 mph. If I see someone on a cell phone in the car behind me I move to a different lane.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Richard - I used to commute to San Francisco from Benicia every day. There are some amazing things that go on in adjacent cars in rush hour traffic. Often I would see people changing clothes, women going from dresses to shorts, men from suits to shorts, while stuck in traffic. There were no cell phones at that time. I admit that while I was a field engineer, traveling from site to site, my car was also my lunchroom.

BTW - studies have shown that eating and drinking while driving are as distracting, if not more, than cell phone use.

I got my first drivers license in 1963.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 10 years ago

I'm guilty of the cell phone thingy....  and sometimes of texting thingy.....  I'm in a recovery program (it's not working, I need to seriously recommit).  I have become a very defensive driver over the years versus offensive driver in my much younger (bullet proof) years....

Posted by Mark Watterson, Utah Real Estate over 10 years ago

My husband used to come home from work with nearly daily stories of amazement about what he saw on the road.  You tell this well!

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Good post and I totally agree. It's ridiculous what people do when their supposed to be driving!

I used to have a job which required me to flag traffic from time to time. You'd be surprised to know how many people almost ran right over me! Not to mention those who completely disregarded my "STOP" sign even though there were plenty of "men working ahead" and orange cones out.

Many times I wanted to just throw a hammer through their windshield to get their attention!

Wake up people......driving = hurling 4000 lbs of steel, rubber, plastic & glass down the road like a bowling ball headed for the pins. No time to be texting, applying makeup or reading the newspaper......geeze!

Posted by Mark A Ferraiolo (Century21 Killian Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hi Rich:

I know...it's amazing.  And how about people changing clothing!

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Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 10 years ago

Cell phones in cars is something that needs to be looked at by more states.  I have never seen statistics showing how dangerous they are and as such I can't really comment about it - but I would like to hear more of a debate on it.

Posted by Mark MacKenzie over 10 years ago

I'm more scared of the electromagnetic radiation of a transmitter attached semi-permanently to my head than I am to getting into an accident while holding a cell phone during a call...

Posted by Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Haven't we all seen those things,  I am guilty of the eating thing and occasionally lipstick at a stop light.  But never going down the road in traffic.  I recently saw a person doing a crossword puzzle in the newpaper while driving down the road.  Thats not only dangerous its incredible concentration.. but concentration where?

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) over 10 years ago

Richard, when I worked in Washington D.C., I used to commute every day by bus. I too have seen just about everything. D.C. has banned the use of cell phones in cars. In Virginia where I live, it is still legal. The news here has done several reports where young drivers have gotten into accidents while using their cell phones.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 10 years ago

I too saw a car swurving and when I drove past she was texting!  I was appalled - yet I am guilty.  Of course I wasn't traveling at 70 miles an hour but a mere 5-10 while in traffic.

I used to drive the rush hour - thank goodness Ino longer have to sit in that.

Posted by Bridget Cella, e-Pro, Realtor (Re/Max Connection) over 10 years ago

Even though hands-free is the law in New Jersey, I think it is more like 50% of people driving have the phone in their hand. I bet at least 10% more are still talking but are hands-free. It is ridiculous how many people consider driving and paying attention to be secondary to everything else they are doing!

Posted by Gail Szeluga, Manalapan, Marlboro & Monmouth County (Weichert Realtors-Marlboro, Manalapan) over 10 years ago

Mike, I'm sure the commute home is even more interesting ;)

Mark, I've never met an eighteen year old guy who didn't think he was invincible, me included.

Margaret, Thanks! You drive during rush hour and sooner or later you're going to see more than you bargained for.

Mark, It looks like an easy job but those guys with signs are targets sometimes.

Toula, I didn't see anyone changing clothes on this trip, maybe next time.

Mark, Even anecdotally, you have to agree that talking on a cell phone and driving are dangerous. I believe there are plenty of studies out there to prove that as well.

 

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Jeff, I agree but the cell phone transmits a lot of power too. Over time I'm sure they're going to find out just how dangerout they are to our health.

Gail, Crossword puzzle is a new one on me but I'm not surprised.

Mike, Young drivers are distracted enough. Throw a cell phone into the mix and its even worse.

Briget, The Crackberry addiction is real. Doing it in a car is just plain nuts.

Gail, And its not like the roads in The Garden State aren't crowded.

 

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

MORNING RICHARD!  I am so guilty of "driving while drinking coffee" -- but I prescribe to Bluetooth for safety. Tucson has lost many teenagers who got into accidents while texting or talking on the phone. To me, it's just as dangerous as having seen a parent drive while changing a diaper and my favorite -- turning around with the best award for "dramatic movements while restrained with a seat belt" and presumably saying to whoever is in the backseat, "That's it - you've lost your Nintendo - give it to me NOW! And I MEAN NOW!"  I am thinking this child will grow up to DS and drive.  --Gabrielle

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Richard, I used to work in Silver Spring, MD., and I had to drive the beltway, and saw it ALL.  And, believe me, I do not miss that area one bit.  Loving it here in this small, historic town of Lewisburg WV.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Richard, This would be funny if it weren't for the accidents caused by all of it.  I have to admit that when I lived in Southern California I had about a 2 hour commute every day to work, and I spent most of it on the phone, without a hands-free device.  Finally I started commuting by train where I could talk during the entire trip without being a danger to myself or others.  My dad was elderly and in poor health, and I called him every day at the same time and we talked for the whole trip.  He lived alone and 7-8 hours drive from me, so that was something he looked forward to.  It allowed me to make sure he was okay from day-to-day too.

California now has laws against driving with cell phone to ear and finally also passed one against texting while driving, but they aren't being well-enforced.  I still see it all the time.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 10 years ago

This behavior makes me very nervous.  My children will be driving soon and that is really scary!

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) over 10 years ago

Richard - I actually saw someone READING A BOOK while driving. I nearly had an accident rubbernecking to make sure I was seeing accurately. I couldn't believe it!!

Posted by Kim Dean, d + b real estate, McKinney, TX REALTOR Broker/Own (www.RealFamilyRealEstate.com) over 10 years ago

Richard~

As I read through the comments, I realized that there is an ARRAY of possible hands-on problems...now how about some remedies/?\

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Richard, 

I'll also admit to talking on the cell whilst driving. However, that is as far as I'll take it. My older brother on the other hand can text, steer, eat, and shirt gears all at the same time!

 

Thanks for the comedic post,

Brendan Winans

Posted by Brendan Winans, Professional Real Estate Services (Winans & Associates) over 10 years ago

Richard,

Good post - ...although I can put on SOME make-up while driving...I'm probably better at that than some people are at drinking coffee!

Texting is the MOST dangerous thing ever to do while driving! There needs to be a way to stop that entirely...

I wouldnt' worry too much about the girls with the eyelash curlers, though. Anyone who has ever used one will tell you that it just takes one swerve or quick stop to learn your lesson with one of those!

 

Posted by Meredith Laws, Seattle and Greater Puget Sound Real Estate (Windermere Wall St., West Seattle Office) over 10 years ago

I will never forget when I was in high school on a field trip to DC... there were scores of drivers reading newspapers and books in traffic on the Beltway.  We were looking down from the coach and wondering if they were nuts.  Lots of women were farding, too! (not a typo, look it up...) 

;^ )

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 10 years ago

Richard - I enjoyed reading about your informal analysis of drivers.  Interestingly, I think we only have two Dunkin Donuts locations in the entire Austin area - there are 1.3 million Starbucks here, however.  By the way, what is this new-fangled "radio" you speak of?

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 10 years ago

Beware Richard, you ARE starting to sound like the incorrigible "grumpy old man"!  LOL.  But it is amazing how much we all multi-task while in the car!

Posted by Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor (The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty) over 10 years ago

Richard - yep, driving in traffic IS an experience. I commuted for my corporate job for years. Never again. But here in CA we get lots of traffic, on large road (some 5-7 lanes in 1 direction) and I have seen everything you described, and more. We now have laws that (1) require drivers to use hands free devices, and (2) prohibit them from texting and emailing while driving. I would say the majority ingore these.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

It is true, we try to multi-task to save time every chance we get. We need to be a lot more careful than we are out there are the road. It isn't just our lives we our endangering.

Posted by David Width Jr. over 10 years ago

Once I saw a lady knitting while driving. Now that scared me!

;)

 

Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) over 10 years ago

Just the other day I was driving and looked over and the guy was driving with a map sprawled out all over the wheel of his car, while he was driving. I was dumbfounded.

In our area it is illegal to drive while talking on your cell phone. So that helps a bit.

Posted by Patty Carroll over 10 years ago

My favorite is the newspaper on the steering wheel - while driving. I almost crash looking at the morons out there!!!

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) over 10 years ago

Richard - very funny. Thanks for the fun post. It is amazing what people do while driving.

Posted by Lisa Glowacki, Real Estate Broker - RI & MA (Lisa Glowacki - Rhode Island & Massachusetts) over 10 years ago

What...nobody punching buttons on their GPS units?

Posted by Chuck Capan, REALTOR Licensed In IL. - Moline Homes Quad Citie (REMAX River Cities) over 10 years ago

I've definitely seen the newspaper readers, people watching TV and (argh) the text messaging.  It really is crazy out there.

As for the make-up, I am happy to report that I can easily apply my lipstick while driving without a mirror!  LOL

Posted by Kerry Lucasse, Your Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant (eXp Realty - Nest Atlanta Team) over 10 years ago

Richard -

Some of this stuff you saw sounds funny, until they cause an accident and hurt, or even kill, someone.

A client of mine was rear-ended by someone talking on the phone.  Another, young client - I had to grab his Blackberry out of his hand to prevent him from texting while traveling 65 MPH on the Kennedy Expressway here in Chicago.

One of my British Clients tells me that virtually every kind of distracted driving - even sipping coffee, for its potential to make you take your eyes from the road - is very strictly banned.  Cell phones, texting - no way, heavy fines and loss of license.  And, over there, you're often not given the same right of court appearance and appeal that you are here.  You're just screwed!

Brits have finally gotten it!  Perhaps we will soon as well.

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Posted by Dean Moss, Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team (Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL) over 10 years ago

totally crazy, and I,too, am out of the loop in witnessing this. So thanks for the reminder.

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) over 10 years ago

Richard - It's crazy what drivers are doing behind the wheel...  I really try not to talk on the phone, because I'm not total alert as to what is going on around me.

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) over 10 years ago

Richard - P.S....  Congratulations on the feature, I already subscribe to your 'AWESOME BLOG", I'm hoping this will bring you additional readership!

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) over 10 years ago

My car is so totally my office! I have integrated bluetooth, wireless running on my laptop in the seat beside me and a converter to AC/DC to plug in my printer when needed.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 10 years ago

What about shaving in the car?  I always laugh out loud when I am looking through my rear view mirror at the guy in back of me stretching his face and making all sorts of facial contortions while shaving.  He must also be driving with his knees on the steering wheel because I see both hands doing the shaving.  Oh wait, we just stopped and he's rolling down the window to blow out the whiskers...

Posted by Martin Kalisker, Professional Standards & Legal Assistant (Greater Boston Association of REALTORS) over 10 years ago

You are right - cars are much more than just cars today. I am glad that many people use GPS - still can see people struggling with maps while driving. Me myself - guilty cell phone user. Stoop shouldered generation is not only about the youngsters, more mature people also have this disorder.

Posted by Svetlana Stolyarova, Local-n-Global Realty, Broker 216-548-4663 (Local-n-Global Realty, Cleveland and International Real Estate Solution) over 10 years ago

I am always frightened by the things people do while driving, reading and texting are two of the ones that make me the most nervous.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 10 years ago

Always fun to watch what others are up to while travelling down the road.  I drove a semi truck for years, it's amazing what feats people will try to accomplish while driving.

Posted by Brett Tousley, Tri Cities Real Estate | (509) 420-0013 (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Heck I always thought the roads belonged to me and I'm just letting everyone else borrow them.

Posted by Denise Gray, Realtor SRES, Wichita Kansas Homes (Realty World Alliance) over 10 years ago

Richard,

Here's one you missed: I actually saw a woman painting her fingernails while going 65 miles per hour!!!  And I shouldn't be telling THAT tail 'cause "what happens on the way to Ocean City stays in Ocean City"!!!

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) over 10 years ago

Richard, great post! You're right on with all of these. It's amazing how foolish people are when operating multi-ton vehicles. The texting thing always stupifies me. Thanks for a laugh... looking forward to more of your "surveys"!

Posted by Kristen Wahl, CBR (Re/Max Plus) over 10 years ago

I drive half a mile to work, so I don't know what you're talking about...

;)

When I do go down the hill though, I try to avoid the times of rush hour. I still see people talking and texting though while driving, which is just so dangerous.

Posted by Kerry Jenkins (Prime Properties) over 10 years ago

Guilty as charged for some of these. I won't text while driving though- It takes too much concentration off the road. Great post!

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) over 10 years ago

Richard... Amen! I love tech, but because I too got my drivers license back in the 60's, I never learned to drive and do much of anything else at the same time. I'm simply not that coordinated. I don't eat or drink anything because I inevitably end up wearing it. I rarely talk on a cell phone, again not that coordinated. I have a couple of blue tooth gizmo's but I can never really hear right, I just hear noise. Guess I'll just stick to driving, checking out the scenery, and letting my mind wander!

PS... nothing scarier to me than riding with a sales rep under 35!

Rene'

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 10 years ago

Don't you know women can multitask!!  Duhh......!

 

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Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

Gabrielle, I do the coffee thing too and have yet to spill any. Guilty as charged too about turning around to "coach" the kids when they were younger.

Rebecca, 495 is definately a unique highway to drive on.

Susan, A lot of states have laws against cell phone use. Some, like California, also included texting. As strange as it sounds not all the states who ban cell phone use in a car also ban texting.

Melody, It's difficult for a parent to not hold their breath every time their teenager goes out in a car alone.

Kim, Didn't see any books on this commute but it wouldn't surprise me.

JaneAnne, The horse is out of that barn for a while now. Other than enacting laws against the behavior, there are very few options. They could pass a law for car companies to place a device in cars that block cell phone signals, but I don't think that will happen either. We just need to know whats going on around us and be safe.

Brendan, Older brothers always try and show up younger brothers.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

That was a very amusing and funny post! Thank you for sharing that with all of us! I hope you have a great day!

Posted by James Engel, KW Beverly Hills (Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills) over 10 years ago

Meredith, I can see a woman putting on lipstick but I'm having trouble with the makeup. Of course, I've never used either one. Interesting, both of the women I saw curling their eyelashes were very young.

Lane, You had me excited there for a minute. They have to look like a clown when they're done though.

Jason, My father told me about it. For me, if it doesn't stream down to my iPhone I don't use it.

Emily, I just want to be an older "grumpy old man" ;)

Jeff,  I didn't see the "more," but than again it was an early morning rush hour.

David, I couldn't agree more.

Betina, Watch those needles if she had to stop short.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Kris said:  "Let's all take photos when we see things like this and keep a running blog about them."

Don't forget to add "taking pictures" to the list of things NOT to do while driving.

 

 

Posted by Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY (B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)) over 10 years ago

Richard, I think it is VERY strange to ban talking and not exting.  Strangely enough, that was something I didn't understand about the California laws.  We have had the ban on cell phone to the ear for awhile, but the no texting rule just took effect January 1 of this year!  I don't see how anyone could text while driving, and I sure didn't see how that was safer than cell phone talking.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 10 years ago

I have been known to yell out the window " Hang up the friggin phone and drive!!"

Posted by April Hayden-Munson, Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate over 10 years ago

Patty, How can you possibly read a map and drive at the same time?

Steve, Commuting on 495 beltway I used to see that all the time.

Lisa, The things people do never ceases to amaze me.

Chuck, Nope. These were rush hour commuters. I hope they know where they're going.

Kerry, Text messaging is definately one of the most dangerous...right after lipstick :)

Dean, We'll get it eventually too. Especially the texting while driving.

Janice, Trust me, its going on all around you.

Debbie,  Thanks! It's hard to hear with the top down :)

Vickie, Parked or driving 70 mph?

Weichert? Foam and razor or electric?

Sventlana, GPS has been my salvation.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Stacy-Ann, I always try to be aware of what other people are doing around me.

Brett, Being that high up I'm sure you've seen a lot more than you can say on a public forum.

Denise, You should start charging a toll.

Kathy, Thats a long boring drive out Rt. 50, I'm sure a lot goes on.

Kristen, We're driving weapons.

Amy, I'm sure a lot of people envy a 1/2 mile commute.

Kristi, Me too, by the way.

Rene, The 60's were special for a lot of other reasons, not cell phones.

Patricia, Of course, my wife tells me all the time.

James, Thanks, and I will.

Erby, I have taken photos from the car, but when it was stopped.

Susan, It took two tries but maybe they have it right now.

April, That's funny because I did that today in a parking lot. Got the finger for my efforts.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Oh yea, I guess we all could tell the tales. The other day I seen a guy shaving so that's my share of the converstaion. I wish they would ban them then I could get rid of my cell altogether.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 10 years ago

We are all guilty of something somewhere down the line.  Bottom line is we should really be safer!  I just can't get myself to pull over to the side of the road to text or talk!

Posted by Tammy Deviley (RE/MAX Select REALTORS LLC) over 10 years ago

Richard, One time I saw a guy eating cereal while driving down I-270 to work?  I almost wrecked the car looking.  Reading the paper, people are amazing.  I talk on the phone, I am guilty. 

Posted by Audrey June-Forshey, GRI, Gaithersburg, MD (RE/MAX Realty Services) over 10 years ago

Richard... it is amazing at how many people you see doing just these things you mentioned.. What is worse is when you see the police doing it too

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 10 years ago

Let's get cars back to just driving -- and help stop some accidents. Our 2 cents.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Aarrrrrrgh!  One of my hot buttons.  Makes you wonder how many people end up dead with an egg mc muffin or lipstick in their hands.  Sorry to be harsh, but you ever wonder why you see a car flipped over on the side of the road all by itself on a perfectly sunny day with dry pavement?  Your post tells us why.

Posted by Steve Schwartz, Charlottenulls Premier Real Estate Videographer and Photographer (AmazingVideoTours.com) over 10 years ago

Somehow multitasking while driving just isn't right.  I've had too many cyclist friends get killed by inattentive drivers. So sad. 

kk

Posted by Kristal Kraft, Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022 (The Berkshire Group Realtors) over 10 years ago

I hope no one is having sex while driving.  They would probably name the baby Hwy Marker 79.

Posted by Brenda Harmon (Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas) over 10 years ago

I have never understood how women put on makeup while driving!  I would fear poking mascara in my eye. ha ha

I wonder if there are any dedicated, addicted AR bloggers out there driving while blogging or commenting?

Would not be surprised at all.....

Debbie

Posted by Debbie Hutchins over 10 years ago

Brenda - dang it...I red all the comments all the way down...waiting to get to the bottom so that I could mention that one!!!  And you stole it :-(  LOL  I have a couple of friends that are or have been in the past guilty of that one...  I'm guilty of the cell, but there is no way I could ever do those "other" kinds of acts as we were driving down the road!  LOL  They always make it look so good in the movies though!

Posted by Real Estate Virtual Assistant & Agent, Proud to Serve Your Real Estate Needs (Christine Wade) over 10 years ago

Richard, so very true and great commentary!  Thanks for reminding me of what bad habits to not pick up.  Take care and happy blogging!

Posted by Jason Neumann, Realtor - www.KelownaRealEstateNews.com (Century 21 Assurance Realty Ltd.) over 10 years ago

I am really bad with the cell while driving but I do use speaker phone (hate headsets and getting dumped!)

I agree re:  new generation.  It is going to be crazy to see how this all ends up.  Husband always says quit texting him, he would rather hear my voice!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 10 years ago

Rich-I had to laugh as I read your post-you are very humorous.  The sad part is nothing you wrote was funny at all.  I have seen every single thing you wrote about and more.  There is nothing scarier when traveling at highway speeds then to look over and see someone (a driver) reading a newspaper, taking notes or even worse reading a MAP!   It is rare to pass a car these days where the driver is not on the hand held cell phone.  Even the police cars you pass now a days the cop is on a hand held cell phone as he is driving.  This is the same person who will then pull you over and ticket you when he sees you with the phone.  A short time ago in our area there was a fatal accident because a young girl was texting as she drove and hit a family head on.  There is nothing that important that you need to text while driving.  If there is such urgency for any of these things: texting, phone calls, make up application and such....PULL OVER!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 10 years ago

Los Angeles recently put the headset law into effect and from my observation it doesn't seem to have detered people from talking on their phones without one!

Posted by John LaRocca (LaRocca Inspections) over 10 years ago

The jury is not out on cell phone use and driving out here. We had to start using hands-free devices July 1, 2007, if we were talking on the cell phone. However, there was a loophole in the law, so it didn't cover texting. Now who in their right mind would be texting and driving at the same time is beyond me. As of January 1, 2008, we can't text anymore.

The worst I ever saw was a woman on the freeway driving at 65 mpg in a Cadillac Escalade with about 10 children playing in the back seats. She was looking in the mirror applying lipstick with one hand and in the other hand talking on her cell phone. I could only assume that the Cadillac Escalade comes not only with GPS but autopilot, or she was driving with her knees. I zipped on by so that I would be ahead of the wreck instead of behind it since I was going to meet a Client.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 10 years ago

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