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    When I was doing my driving test last year the instructor asked if I would prefer he not talk or if I liked conversation. I asked him to chat with me as it helped me feel less nervous.

    Now it depends who's in the car. If its just me and the kids we sing if I have another passenger we talk. If I'm by myself I sing along to my LOUD music and argue with the navman (even if I don't need his directions, I feel less lonely ;p).



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    Quote Originally Posted by Myztik View Post
    When I was doing my driving test last year the instructor asked if I would prefer he not talk or if I liked conversation. I asked him to chat with me as it helped me feel less nervous.
    When I did my driving test they didnt talk unless they were telling me to turn or park etc. she was lovely though I think she was the one who couldn't multitask




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    If I had to drive in silence I would never go anywhere. As you can imagine on occasions I have to ask if there is a siren, so they will all be quiet for 10 sec

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    I have to have music on all the time, although it can't be loud anymore with the baby in the back. I'm also one of those people who for some reason needs to turn the music down when looking for a street number!

    My mum is a nervous driver at the best of times but for some reason when she has a conversation while driving she drives at 10km below the speed limit. Drives me insane!

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    I do both, unless the driving is tricky and then I prefer silence/radio down. DH is hopeless, he will slow down too when having a chat. I try and avoid too much talk with him in the car now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by αληθη View Post
    When I did my driving test they didnt talk unless they were telling me to turn or park etc. she was lovely though I think she was the one who couldn't multitask




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    Lol my guy was awesome. We spent most of the test talking about a car accident he was in caused by a minor who stole her aunts car, then the aunt lied about her stealing it so insurance was stuffed up and he was still going to court over it. He had to be cut out of his car and she walked away fine. Possibly not the best of convos to have with a new driver lol.


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    If I'm on familiar roads I can chat and drive, no probs. If I'm lost or trying to listen to the TomTom and concentrate, I can only focus on one thing, even the music gets turned down!

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    I drive and chat, but if we come up to a difficult intersection, I'll ask people to be quiet until after we have passed the hazard. If an unexpected hazard occurs, I'll ignore the conversation and focus on the task at hand, then once it is resolved I will apologise and say that I didn't hear them because I was focusing on the road.

    I remember seeing a "test" by a current affairs program proving it was dangerous to use a phone and drive. This consisted of getting people that believed that talking on the phone didn't hinder their driving, then getting them to drive an obstacle course at a decent speed whilst conversing on the phone. The phone conversation got to the point of requiring them to solve complicated math problems and demanding answers quickly - and yes it did impact their driving.

    I thought that was an unfair test, because it wasn't testing if talking on the phone was a problem, it was testing if requiring focus on something else would cause problems. I would expect that if the scenario was changed from a phone, to a passenger, the effect on the driving would be similar - perhaps even greater because it is harder to shut out a person sitting next to you than a disembodied voice on the other end of the phone.

    I really disagree with the law on this issue. You can use a CB radio while driving but not a phone. You can change the station on your car radio whilst driving, but not listen to the radio on your phone. You can look at your watch to check the time, but are not allowed to look at your phone to check the time.

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    I can drive and continue to have excellent concentration no matter whose talking, what's on the radio, whose making noises etc. I'm also very good at driving and talking (probably talking to much).


 

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