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Thread: Road safety message from Volkswagen

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    I like the message. We need more effective ones like that.

    But I wish it was from a different car company. Volkswagen is under a cloud at the moment, which is a shame.

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    Mobile phones are an addiction for a big proportion of the population and will continue to be a problem on the roads until governments find a way to disable them whilst the motor is running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    Mobile phones are an addiction for a big proportion of the population and will continue to be a problem on the roads until governments find a way to disable them whilst the motor is running.
    I think it's more of a usability problem. I'm sure some smart person will come up with some display system for using mobile phones in cars that will make it easier for people to keep their eyes on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pamount View Post
    I think it's more of a usability problem. I'm sure some smart person will come up with some display system for using mobile phones in cars that will make it easier for people to keep their eyes on the road.
    Yeah, maybe a hands free device of some sort.... Oh, and voice recognition could possibly work too.....

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    I think we are still a fair way from a workable voice-recognition program that could substitute for texting - which is the main problem.
    We were talking on another thread about voice-recognition used for language translation Re travellers. Still a long way to go.
    The widely used hands-free set-ups take some of the danger out of mobile use but I'd prefer to see texting not possible whilst the engine is running.
    Nobody NEEDS to be texting whilst driving.

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    Could not agree more.

    My suggestion of voice recognition was more to initiate a call hands and eyes free.....

    Oh hang on, we already have that....

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    I suspect the safety issue is more to do with concentration than the physical aspect of using a phone whilst driving.

    A large percentage of us are away with the fairies when we use a mobile device.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    I suspect the safety issue is more to do with concentration than the physical aspect of using a phone whilst driving.

    A large percentage of us are away with the fairies when we use a mobile device.
    True. An improvement in usability would negate that problem to some extent but the problem with concentration is the central issue.
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    I think that until people see driving as a primary activity (that demands focus and skill) then this is always going to be an issue. At the moment the impression I get is that it's something a lot of people are forced to do while they attempt to distract themselves with more amusing activities, and that once they get their license they're sufficiently skilled with no further active effort required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragunov21 View Post
    I think that until people see driving as a primary activity (that demands focus and skill) then this is always going to be an issue. At the moment the impression I get is that it's something a lot of people are forced to do while they attempt to distract themselves with more amusing activities, and that once they get their license they're sufficiently skilled with no further active effort required.
    Sadly we still see young people killing themselves in droves, the latest being the quadruple near Ballina, not suggesting the driver was using a phone however in this instance inexperience was probably a major factor.

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    My car was rear ended by people using their mobiles whilst driving twice in 10months recently, once at 5.45am when it was dark on the freeway and we all had to stop sharply, the second time was whilst stationary at a red traffic light. The first one was a right off, the second $2.5k. I always leave decent stopping distance to the car in front... but that doesn't help when the person/s behind are looking elsewhere other than the road in front. Never use my mobile whilst driving but have to admit to being distracted by other "sights" whilst behind the wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Sadly we still see young people killing themselves in droves, the latest being the quadruple near Ballina, not suggesting the driver was using a phone however in this instance inexperience was probably a major factor.
    Inexperience, distraction, fatigue, complacency, "screw waiting for the next lane, I'll overtake on this blind corner" (that's a big one in Tassie, I think)... take your pick.

    I know one thing; dropping speed limits ain't gonna do squat if the problem is with the driving culture itself.



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