Texting/swiping while driving?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by iMas70, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. iMas70 macrumors 6502a

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    Texting laws say that we're not supposed to be texting or doing things on our phone while driving. This includes while stopped at a traffic light or stop sign. I can understand the driving part but are watches included in this? I thought of this while swiping through to check the weather forecast as I was stopped at a light.
     
  2. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Most places that have those laws are "hands free", meaning your watch would fall under that category. Personally, I find the watch more distracting to interact with than a phone when driving. I would strongly encourage you do to neither.

    With that said, I would be shocked if you got a ticket sitting at a red light interacting with your watch.
     
  3. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    My question is, how will the weather forecast help you at that point in time? Is it merely because it's available?

    I'm starting to think that we consume all this information (Facebook apps in car infotainment systems, too?) just because it's being presented to us. No, we don't require any of it — but it's like an all-you-can-eat information buffet. Of course we'll check the weather, Twitter, Facebook, and whatever else while driving, because we'll eat another plate of tater tots if someone hands it to us, too.
     
  4. DJTJ macrumors regular

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    In Ontario they can ticket you for drinking coffee while driving...
     
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    I find the watch harder to use than my phone. Holding the watch where you can see it and swiping or doing anything is harder than using my S+ with one hand.
     
  6. Qbnkelt macrumors 65816

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    I hope people don't interact with their Apple Watch, or any device, really, while driving. I use hands free to take calls or to make calls to contacts in my contact list that's on my car. Other than that, everything else can wait.

    Please don't end my life because of your Facebook status update.
     
  7. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    People still do it like crazy. Just look when you are on the road....everyone has their phone in front the wheel. It really needs to be cracked down on. In the county I live it, you can be arrested for it. It is just as distracting as DUI.
     
  8. Qbnkelt macrumors 65816

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    At that point I don't care who wants to commit suicide. Their choice.

    But I do care if they take me out, or my loved ones.
     
  9. iMas70 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I usually have my iPad mounted next to me in the car. I use it for navigation and music. I'd say that's easier to use than the factory NAV and radio sometimes but as with everything else, I do have to look away from the road to use it.
     
  10. ManicMarc macrumors 6502

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    Agree with the sentiment of others saying that whether or not its legal, is it worth it? I turn off 'Wake on Wrist Raise' for long journeys (especially at night). Don't be this person.
     
  11. Qbnkelt macrumors 65816

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    Ugh. That's just the kind of thing that gets to me. Stupidity running amuck.
     
  12. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    As long as people can post while driving, they will continue to do so. It will cause the government to take action one day and it will not be pretty.
     
  13. Qbnkelt macrumors 65816

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    Sadly, you may be right.
     
  14. xtshabi macrumors member

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    No laws will change this behavior. Really, the only solution is self driving cars.
     
  15. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    They can also build software and hardware that will not allow texting or any use while moving.
     
  16. xtshabi macrumors member

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    Who is gonna sign up to be restricted?
    Unless it's a parent doing that to his kid, this isn't going to be a reasonable solution for most people.
     
  17. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    You will not need to sign up. It will be built in to either the vehicle or device and be mandatory. Sign up? LOL.
     
  18. AFEPPL macrumors 68020

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    its much more dangerous than using the phone - its scary stuff people even think about doing this.
     
  19. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    This. Some phones already have "driving mode" which disables certain features when driving. The moto phones are the first ones that come to mind.
     
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    The solution is a simple one, it worked for me...

    Simply buy a car that's so much fun to drive you don't WANT to fiddle with the phone.... :D
     
  21. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    I'm all for this.

    What I didn't plan on was, while I love driving, I hate traffic.

    If I could do it over again, I'd have upgraded the stereo instead of doing intake, header, exhaust, and suspension. Now my car is just louder and more uncomfortable 99% of the time. :p
     
  22. xtshabi macrumors member

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    Yeah, and who will enact such a draconian law? Good luck trying.
     
  23. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    The same people who rule over you everyday.
     
  24. xtshabi macrumors member

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    Speak for yourself. Rule over you, maybe.
     
  25. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    So no one rules over you? LOL
     

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