One of my coworkers is the worst driver I have ever heard of.
I have watched him take both hands off the steering wheel while doing nothing but talking to me in order to expound with gestures on some point in the conversation. I have watched him answer the cell phone, and upon hearing the voice lean back as if at his office, take his free hand off the steering wheel and brace himself on the center console with it as he leans back, "steering" with his knee, and prepares to schmooze.
That's not even counting his charming habit of hooking the shoulder belt strap around his left knee, or attempting to operate the cell phone while writing in the daytimer and looking at me to ask questions. And then suddenly needing to spit, since he chews tobacco constantly.
I have told him that when all this connectivity becomes available I'm going to install a live webcam above the passenger seat pointed at him and post it at horribledrivercam.com. I mainly get through our trips by staring at the dashboard, since looking out the windshield is too frightening and I can meditate on the comforting words, "passenger side air bag." Which might save me when the inevitable happens, as long as the vehicle doesn't flip.
OTOH he drives a Ford Explorer with Firestone tires, so maybe I should just make sure my life insurance is paid up. He of course thinks he is the best driver in the world, since he can "handle" all this stuff and hasn't had an accident in 12 years. (He omits to mention that that one came within 6 inches of decapitating him.) When a group of us has to passenger with him we amuse ourselves by making a pool on how many times he will go out of the lane per mile. Safe bets are in the double digits.
Short of a law with teeth, nothing is going to change this man's behavior except the wreck that kills him and an indeterminate number of other people. Fortunately, I don't have to ride with him very often. But he is the poster child for these cell-phone laws, and while I don't like them much I realize that we have to do something.
I can haz blog!
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