Earlier this week I decided to get some culture before returning to school for the fall and so I went to the Cincy Museum of Art. It is a beautiful and wonderful museum. It has original Picasso, Monet, Pissaro, and many other world famous artists paintings on display, and best of all the admission is free.
However on the way there and back I was so frustrated by the drivers. I don't multi-task while driving unless I'm on the freeway with virtually no other cars and I'm in a rural area. Then I only make a short call to a family member letting them know I'm 30 minutes from home and I use my voice dialing to do it so I don't have to look at the phone. In this situation it isn't dangerous to multi-task, but in situations like city driving, driving on a crowded freeway, or merging onto a freeway, all of my attention is needed to drive safely and so I won't multi-task. I wish others would follow the same principle.
I almost got hit entering the freeway because some moron in a BMW 530i was talking on his phone. He was infront of me and by the time we got to the bottom of the on-ramp he was only going 45 mph. The speed limit was 65 mph and the traffic was heavy. As I tried to merge into the other lane he decides he has to merge too. He almost hits me when I'm accelerating because he still isn't paying attention. I look over while he's about to change lanes into me and see a free spot, so I take it and then look over at him. I'm thinking to myself, You are driving the ultimate driving machine and you aren't out manuevering and accelerating an 4 cylinder Toyota. Suprise, suprise, he's on the phone. I quickly pass him and leave him behind. I then encounter a driver that everyone is having to dart around because she is yaking on the phone going 50 mph when everyone is going 80 mph. So unsafe, and then I encounter three or four more driver's driving poorly because they're on their phone during the rest of my trip.
If you aren't capable of multi-tasking and driving on the road in a safe manner, pick one or the other. Either drive well or talk. I really wish that people who can barely drive safely on their best day giving it 100% of their attention wouldn't talk on the phone.