Don’t chat while driving, it distracts your focus
03 June 2015
By Emily Mudzibo
THOSE who say knowledge is power mean the truth. A lot of people have perished on the roads due to lack of knowledge. Traffic signs and regulations should be adhered to especially with the increasing number of cars which result in the so called “traffic jam”.
Being in traffic is not a nice thing, some miss early lectures and others do conference calls in the comfort of their cars because they cannot speed up the cars in front.
Fungai Kwangwari, a rock engineer, who works at Melrose Arch but staying in Midrand had this to say, “the companies now understand the challenges faced by their employees during peak hours in the morning. It’s either you work from home, leave home at six or get to work around 9.30 when traffic has become better.’ Every tom and dick owns a car.”
Some people have resorted to chatting as a way of reliving the boredom that comes with the traffic jam. However, concentration usually depends on who you will be talking to; forgetting the important thing of safety. Hands free gadgets which are used by many people to avoid use of cell phones when on the wheels nowadays should thus be encouraged. Talking on the phone while you are driving distracts one from concentrating on the road, no wonder every time there are a lot of accidents.
Shelton Majengwa who is always in traffic complained about people who lose focus due to chatting when they are driving. “I wonder what stories always come only in traffic, these people who chat are a bore, you would find that on the robot one will be busy on the phone and forget that he/she is driving until others will hoot when the robot has turned green” Shelton said.
Breaking the law is something everyone does, knowingly or unknowingly. We deliberately do things we know are illegal and get away with them, but we are encouraged to do them again. It is estimated that an average driver performs over 400 illegal manoeuvres before being arrested.
This includes speeding, illegal overtaking, rolling through stop signs, illegal U-turns , not putting seat belts, driving under the influence of alcohol, talking on the phone while driving, the list is just endless.
A motorist who only identified himself as Vuyo swear never to exceed speed which he said caused him to lose his job. “I was coming from work in Lesotho and rushed to get home to see my family. I found myself driving above 160 km/h. The offence is not liable to a ticket but straight to the cells where I stayed for three weeks and found my job gone.”
“I edge my fellow brethren to be cautious on the road for you might leave the most precious things in your life due to unnecessary negligence and I am a living testimony” Said Vuyo.
Technology has improved everything but at the same time brings in with it a lot of problems which affect victims who will be on the right side of the law. When we think no one is seeing, we don’t mind, but the consequence of that act will be putting your life and those people around you in danger.
As drivers “we have stupid assumptions”, I will be able to beat the robot or on a four way stop the other driver will stop, how about if he/she is also trying to do the same as you?
Caution is needed every time if on the road, it takes a few seconds for an accident to happen and lives to be lost.
South Africa has one of the greatest roads in Africa but some drivers tend to abuse the roads by doing races to challenge someone’s car.
“I will never race, come what may. I found myself racing with a V8 when I had a V6, I wanted to prove him wrong I took my car to the limit, lost control and crushed in the bush, the car was a right off and insurance did not pay.” this was a testimony from one of the motorist who had a bad racing experience.
The government should educate motorists regularly on the dangers of using phones on the road which might see a drop in the number of accidents.