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Offline Necron99

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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #60 on: August 15, 2011, 12:28:04 pm »
The other day on my commute I was rolling just a little faster than the car in the right lane and I was going to move to pass but saw that she was texting, so I decided to stay in my lane.  Less than 20 seconds later she rear-ended the car ahead of her.  WHEW.

Distracted driving...we have enough laws as others have said.  A PSA campaign to keep people from distracted dring is fine... all distracted driving.  I knew a guy who died tying to light a cigarette.  It isn't new.  Maybe cell phones are worse, maybe not.  I think on a minute by minute basis they're NOT worse, it's just that you can spend SO MANY minutes talking on the car vs. the few seconds you need to light a cigarette.    It's anecdotal at best.  But it all needs to stop.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #61 on: August 15, 2011, 01:18:50 pm »
I thought Hands-Free was when I took both hands off the handle bars so I could text easier. Isn't that what everybody does?


+1

And I'm understanding per thread title text is the only bad distraction no matter hands-free or not.  But from a phone forum posting, surfing the web, youtube, email, facebook, etc appears to be OK, or err...maybe "not as bad" 

And people talking on it is totally OK!
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #62 on: August 15, 2011, 03:08:08 pm »
I'm glad someone else finally used the airplane analgy.I ave used it many times and got "that's diiiiiferent". No, it's not.
Wen driving and my phone rings my ead starts swiveling as if I was flying.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #63 on: August 15, 2011, 03:52:58 pm »
I'm glad someone else finally used the airplane analgy.I ave used it many times and got "that's diiiiiferent". No, it's not.
Wen driving and my phone rings my ead starts swiveling as if I was flying.
"Don't drop the plane to fly the radio".

So it's not different. How many times does a pilot have to maintain a flight path with tolerance of only a couple of feet? How many times does a pilot have to negotiate an intersection? A roundabout, How many stop signs? How many pedestrians? How many traffic signals? How many lane changes? How many times does he have to maintain position with another vehicle just a few feet in front of him? How many times does have to maintain position while being completely boxed in, front, rear, left, and right? How many school buses and school children does he have to watch out for?
Funny they have auto pilot for Airplanes but not for Autos, Why? Because it is different.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #64 on: August 15, 2011, 04:44:26 pm »
So it's not different. How many times does a pilot have to maintain a flight path with tolerance of only a couple of feet? How many times does a pilot have to negotiate an intersection? A roundabout, How many stop signs? How many pedestrians? How many traffic signals? How many lane changes? How many times does he have to maintain position with another vehicle just a few feet in front of him? How many times does have to maintain position while being completely boxed in, front, rear, left, and right? How many school buses and school children does he have to watch out for?

Two versions (three if you count tail-draggers) of the three fundamental rules of flying a plane. 1) Aviate, Navigate, Communicate; in that order. 2) Fly the plane, fly the plane, fly the plane. 3) In the case of tail draggers, keep it straight, keep it straight, keep it straight. Substitute "drive a car" for "fly a plane" above, and I'm sure we'll all be better off.

Funny about planes too, if you grenade the engine (or anything else for that matter), you don't coast to the side of the road and call for a tow truck.

Or, what's the difference between a pilot and ATC? If a pilot screws up, 200 people die. If ATC screws up, 200 people die.

Fly the dang plane.

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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #65 on: August 16, 2011, 12:22:44 pm »
It is obvious the pster before Rick doesn't fly.
Can you navigate your car to your driveway without looking out the window? In a car the pavement keeps the car level. What keeps the plane level-while not looking out the window? And guess what-there is someone in you ear talking to you and you have to repeat what was said and still fly the plane.
Car drivers can't do it even without the phone.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #66 on: August 16, 2011, 01:21:09 pm »
It is obvious the pster before Rick doesn't fly.
Can you navigate your car to your driveway without looking out the window? In a car the pavement keeps the car level. What keeps the plane level-while not looking out the window? And guess what-there is someone in you ear talking to you and you have to repeat what was said and still fly the plane.
Car drivers can't do it even without the phone.
I don't drive cars but I do navigate my motorcycle home and into my driveway without looking out the window.
If the pavement keeps the car level, how do cars turn over? All the aircraft I've been in had instruments such as a Attitude indicator and an altimeter. The pilot has much more time to check his instruments and monitor radio transmissions has he does not have to contend with the rapidly changing conditions as an auto driver has to deal with constantly. Not just when pulling into his driveway.
 
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #67 on: August 16, 2011, 01:40:08 pm »
(snip)

Funny about planes too, if you grenade the engine (or anything else for that matter), you don't coast to the side of the road and call for a tow truck.

(/snip)

Well, there's your first problem.  Grenades are for blowing things up, not flying...
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Seriously, though, talking into a device while driving isn't new.  Truck drivers have been using CB's for years.  Texting, however, does require more brain activity than running your mouth, and that activity would be better used paying attention to the road.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #68 on: August 16, 2011, 04:24:50 pm »
Funny about planes too, if you grenade the engine (or anything else for that matter), you don't coast to the side of the road and call for a tow truck.

How's that go the two things a pilot can never have enough of is altitude below and fuel in the tank?
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #69 on: August 16, 2011, 04:51:01 pm »
How's that go the two things a pilot can never have enough of is altitude below and fuel in the tank?
Three things... Altitude, fuel, runway ;)

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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #70 on: August 16, 2011, 07:14:40 pm »
I bet you can't drive your bike to your driveway just by looking at the instrument panel.
More time to do things? Yep, its obvious ya don't fly.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #71 on: August 16, 2011, 08:49:37 pm »
Pilots are superior. Gotchya. Especially when their drunk. Then they can sing Karaoke into their radios while simultaneously landing the plane AND finishing up the super Hard Sudoku that was in their morning paper all the while blindfolded listening to William Hung's  "She Bang"

 Just knowing that little tidbit will make me so much more confident the next time I step into a plane.

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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #72 on: August 16, 2011, 10:56:32 pm »
WTH did that come from?
What are the odds of having a drunk pilot vs a drunk driver?
The point is here flying is much more labor intensive than driving and pilots MUST.also talk on a radio and memorize, repeat and execute what they are told. An auto driver doesn't come anywhere near that level of concentration.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #73 on: August 17, 2011, 04:59:50 am »
Pilots are superior. Gotchya. Especially when their drunk. Then they can sing Karaoke into their radios while simultaneously landing the plane AND finishing up the super Hard Sudoku that was in their morning paper all the while blindfolded listening to William Hung's  "She Bang"

 Just knowing that little tidbit will make me so much more confident the next time I step into a plane.

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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #74 on: August 17, 2011, 08:46:39 am »
WTH did that come from?
What are the odds of having a drunk pilot vs a drunk driver?
The point is here flying is much more labor intensive than driving and pilots MUST.also talk on a radio and memorize, repeat and execute what they are told. An auto driver doesn't come anywhere near that level of concentration.

 I had a long reply written out, then decided I really don't care anymore. Pilots are superior. WE GET IT!