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why do so many woman talk on the phone whilst driving and not use handsfree?

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ivykaty44 Mon 20-Jun-11 14:46:19

I see a lot of woman using mobile phones whist driving and very rarely see any men chatting on the phone using their mobile.

Why don't they get hands free for the car

do they not know how to shop in halfords or the like to purchase a handsfree set for their mobile and not break the law

AIBU to think that they put others in danger instead of spending a few bob on a handsfree set?

Oh if any men want to own up to doing this feel free - or mention any men you have seen - its juts i don't happen to to have seen any men doing this opposed to a couple woman a day chatting away.

one woman had fag in one hand and phone in the other - it was quite amazing if it hadn't been so stupid shock

MissPenteuth Mon 20-Jun-11 14:47:50

I've seen plenty of male drivers talking on mobile while driving. Possibly even more men than women, that I've noticed, but at least 50:50.

cat64 Mon 20-Jun-11 14:48:41

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LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Mon 20-Jun-11 14:48:46

I don't know. I refuse to answer my phone when I'm driving. I won't use handsfree, phone calls interrupt my singing and if it's a work call, I can't take notes anyway so what's the point?

peachyuk Mon 20-Jun-11 14:48:56

its called multi-skilling :-)

nickelbabe Mon 20-Jun-11 14:49:34

it's not jsut women, it's men too.

and I've noticed it quite a lot when trying to cross the road.
and the number of them that do it while they're going round corners etc!

Euphemia Mon 20-Jun-11 14:50:48

I see plenty men texting while driving in the right-hand lane of the motorway.

giveitago Mon 20-Jun-11 14:57:37

Worse than that is women (and it's always women) wearing cheap sunglasses which means they cannot see the different colours on traffic lights which means I'm risking my kids life crossing at a green light as they can't see the red one.

AMumInScotland Mon 20-Jun-11 14:57:55

I've noticed as many men doing it as women, so I don't think its gender-specific. Given how easy it is to buy and set up a bluetooth speaker thingy, I don't think there's any excuse.

I often notice people doing it at roundabouts, where they can't indicate or stay in their lane because of it.

I've got a great kit which lets me call anyone with just one button then voice controls, so I can call home, DP, DS, work, etc as well as take incoming calls.

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 20-Jun-11 14:59:18

I see loads of people on mobiles, a good half of them are men.

eurochick Mon 20-Jun-11 14:59:34

I see very few women doing it but loads of men (usually in Transits as the other poster said).

giveitago you know they are always in the same order, right? So if the top one is lit, you stop. Although by the by I have never found a paid of sunglasses I couldn't see colours through.

cherryburton Mon 20-Jun-11 14:59:55

I'd say round here it's 75% men doing it.

Euphemia Mon 20-Jun-11 15:00:30

Can't see the red light? hmm

AmazingBouncingFerret Mon 20-Jun-11 15:03:01

giveitago how bizarre?! You do know red is always at the top right?

AmazingBouncingFerret Mon 20-Jun-11 15:03:39

And I wear cheap sunglasses and I can see the colours...

ivykaty44 Mon 20-Jun-11 15:04:47

peachuk - I see, so you can drive, chat on the phone and murder a human all at the same time? Gives a different speel on mutitasking. Pity the poor person that gets choosen as the victim - or is that just random?

Meglet Mon 20-Jun-11 15:04:55

Because they are as thick as shit / have a death wish / fancy being banged up in prison for a few years.

BettySuarez Mon 20-Jun-11 15:07:26

I see men on their mobiles whilst driving all the time?

Bramshott Mon 20-Jun-11 15:09:28

I've seen plenty of men doing this too - this week a tractor driver, with a piece of equipment behind, negotiating a roundabout hmm!

Threadworm8 Mon 20-Jun-11 15:13:12

Today has had thread titles saying:

Women have a worse sense of humour than men
Women train dogs less well than men
Women are much more likeley to break the the law by using handheld phone and driving

What's going on?

ILoveFrogs Mon 20-Jun-11 15:16:21

I see a lot more men talking on their phones than I do women, especially van drivers, but I do see a lot more woman texting while driving and although both are terrible and deserve the punishment when caught, I find texting behind the wheel worse. I have never done either when driving but I think texting would take up more of someones attention than talking on the phone making it more dangerous.

And I can honestly say that wearing sunglasses while driving has never impaired my ability to see when the light turns to red, I doubt the fact that mine are Ray Bans has anything to do with that.

Threadworm8 Mon 20-Jun-11 15:16:36

I think it must be National Go on a Women's Forum and Make An Untrue Insulting Generalisation About Women Week.

EttiKetti Mon 20-Jun-11 15:19:18

I cant' say I have ever seen a woman driving whilst using a mobile, but obviously they DO, but see loads of men, often men driving big vans, and trying to manoeuvre round one of our many mini roundabouts! Scary!

WhereYouLeftIt Mon 20-Jun-11 15:19:32

I'm another one who sees mainly men on their mobiles whilst driving. I'm generally driving in town rather than country roads or motorways, so the main culprits I see are White Van Men, followed by young-students-in-clapped-out-hatchbacks followed by company-car-drivers-with-suit-jacket-on-a-hanger.

Perhaps it's dependant on where your driving as to what species of arse surrounds you?

VelvetSnow Mon 20-Jun-11 15:22:43

My car is an automatic so I have no need for my left hand at all because I steer with one hand at all time therefore I need something to do with my left hand so holding a phone, or texting, or smoking, or picking my nose alleviates the boredom - that ok with you OP?

Silly generalisation deserves a silly response hmm

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