Texting/swiping while driving?

iMas70

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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.
 

mattopotamus

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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.
 

BarracksSi

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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.
 
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DJTJ

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In Ontario they can ticket you for drinking coffee while driving...
 

Qbnkelt

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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.
 

mattopotamus

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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.
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.
 

Qbnkelt

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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.
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.
 

iMas70

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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.
 

ManicMarc

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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.
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.
 
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xtshabi

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No laws will change this behavior. Really, the only solution is self driving cars.
 

xtshabi

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

AFEPPL

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

BarracksSi

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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
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
 
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