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Yes of course it does No that's why we have headsets
Debate Score:157
Arguments:43
Total Votes:214
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 Yes of course it does (30)
 
 No that's why we have headsets (13)

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Driving while talking on a phone does not impair my driving capabilities.

Talking on the phone

Yes of course it does

Side Score: 121
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No that's why we have headsets

Side Score: 36
12 points

Of course it does, how could anyone even say differently. If you are focused on anything else besides the road, your focus on driving is less. I'm not sure that it impairs it so much that you can't drive. It's the same as eating a big mac while driving, dealing with a screaming child in the back seat or changing the radio station.

However, I can't believe that people actually text while driving, that's got impair your driving close to drunk driving. How can you focus on the road while pushing tiny buttons? Remember, that's how that group of HS girls died last year, b/c the driver was texting.

Side: Yes of course it does
3 points

I agree with Kneville, it can be hazardous to talk on the phone, text, scream at kids, put on make-up, eat fast food, receive pleasure, drink, or take any other depressants--while you're driving a vehicle capable of killing people. And simply because you think you can multi-task is not suffice enough for me; you'll be sorry when you accidentally slip up. I'd rather play it safe than sorry; keep your damn eye's on the road.

And, if I see a police officer talking on his phone while driving his little patrol car: I'll be the first to issue a citizens citation.

Side: Yes of course it does
7 points

I am a multitasker and in my car often for work. I use my cell phone all the time while driving and it does impede my driving capabilities. The worst is texting/bbming while driving. I should use hands free more, or just wait until I'm parked to use the phone!

Side: Yes of course it does
7 points

As above, the removal of the focus from the road, and more importatnly the other drivers ON the road, will impair driving capabilities. This is true whether someone is using hands-free devices, listening to music, talking with a passenger or just about anything else. Does it impair it to the point of safety concerns? That is a question that you will have to establish for yourself.

Largely, however, I do feel that using a cell phone in the car is dangerous, certainly as dangerous as eating or drinking while driving. Using a cell phone removes one hand from the wheel, and requires the eyes to drift off the road to ensure that you have placed the call correctly or to see who placed the call to you. Use of hands-free devices ameliorates this slightly, downgrading it to the level of holding a conversation with a passenger. For some, the amount of concentration needed to hold such a conversation is minimal and does not impinge greatly on the driving. For others (the majority I would say), the act of talking with friends, coworkers, family or enemies detracts so greatly from the skills required to drive safely as to create a road-borne menace.

Side: Yes of course it does
5 points

It does, and I'm trying to stop.

Side: Yes of course it does
5 points

Driving while talking on the phone is one of the stupidest things a person can do while driving, second only to sleeping, texting and reading; which in turn are second only to driving while under the influence of any drug. It distracts the driver from the road and forces one of the driver's hands to be occupied with a non driving related task. While this may not seem like a big deal, in an emergency both hands are absolutely necessary to keep a vehicle in control.

Saying that you think that you're "good enough" to drive while talking on the phone is like saying that you're OK to drive after five beers. I don't care who you are it's stupid and your license should be revoked for life.

Side: Yes of course it does
5 points

To claim that talking on a phone creates zero impairment wrong, but perhaps the impairment is small for just talking. Any small thing that can distract will impair driving to some degree. Button pushing and reading text messages are sure to cause greater impairment than talking.

Side: Yes of course it does
5 points

Meaning no offense - this question does not address the more important issue. The real issue isn't whether YOU (or ME, or any individual) can carry on a phone conversation and drive safely.

There are hundreds, thousands - or even hundreds of thousands - of other drivers sharing the road, and we ALL have a right to expect the other drivers to do their best to be safe drivers.

And there can be NO DOUBT that some drivers absolutely need to put all of their attention on driving.

Side: Yes of course it does
4 points

It definitely does impair driving capabilities. Not only have I seen tests where drunk drivers drove better, but I've also seen many drivers perform horribly and piss me off while driving. No contest.

Side: Yes of course it does
4 points

Of course it does. Anything that takes your complete concentration from the road is dangerous. I don't know of anyone who can talk on the cell phone and not get distracted at least once or twice within a conversation. This slight distraction can be the difference between noticing the car beside you or hitting them.

I know for myself even trying to see the radio station when I am changing it causes a distraction so a cell phone is worse we tend to be a little more dramatic and animated when we talk on the phone.

So yes it does impair driving ability.

Side: Yes of course it does
DigitalMC(12) Disputed
1 point

Well then I bet you think performing erotic engagements with a significant other also impairs your ability to focus... I ask you sir, why then did we start driving in the first place?

roadtrip with a hummer... double entendre haha.

Side: No that's why we have headsets
4 points

Even if talking on a phone only minimally impairs driving capacities, you know you shouldn't do it.

Let's say you can drive most of the time using only 50% of your attention, so you have 50% left to use the phone, listen to the radio, drink coffee and apply makeup or check your hair in the rear-view mirror. Still, a mistake by another driver can suddenly get you into a situation that 1) requires all your attention and 2) at interstate speeds can cause your untimely death.

As you were being put into an ambulance, even if the accident wasn't your fault, wouldn't you regret not giving your full attention to driving?

Side: Yes of course it does

At least 80% of the time, the driver in front of me drives like an idiot, it's someone on a cell phone.

If you think you are any better: YOU ARE NOT!

Hang up and drive!

Side: Yes of course it does
3 points

All we have to do is look at the statistics of crashes caused by driver neglect while talking or typing on a cellular device. The main purpose in driving safely is to be fully alert without unnecessary distraction. This is why many states in the U.S. have banned phone and computer usage while driving.

Side: Yes of course it does
3 points

A lot of people want to argue the fact. They all claim 'not me' while admitting that it does affect others. It's this same condition that causes people to get into a lot of other problems as well. We always want to say that we're the exception to the rule.

Studies have repeatedly shown that it does affect drivers and that the use of hands free devices does not negate the effects. Anyone that claims it doesn't affect them is in denial.

Supporting Evidence: Study on Driving while on Cellphone (www.eurekalert.org)
Side: Yes of course it does
3 points

Yes, because even with a headset you're still focusing on the conversation. Anything that takes concentration away from driving and the road is going to impair driving ability.

Side: Yes of course it does
3 points

I have been in to many close calls on the road when a driver is on their cell. It is not safe! More cars should come with the option to hook your phone up to your speaker sistem. I would feel alot safter driving with Renee if she didnt have to take her hands off the wheel haha

Side: Yes of course it does

It looks like I was on the loosing side so I switch sides. Yes, of course driving while talking on a phone impairs your ability to drive a car! BTW, I don't own a cell phone so I don't know first hand but that never stopped me from having an opinion before so why start now?

Side: Yes of course it does
2 points

It does, whether you are using a headset or not. The basic problem is that you are engaging in a conversation that is 'outside' your environment, the car. You disengage the active part of your brain to participate in the conversation which is happening elsewhere. You leave the driving to the automatic part of the brain, which works just fine as long as there is nothing out of the ordinary. Problems occur when something unexpected happens, like a pedestrian jay-walks, or somebody runs a light, or a light turns red in an intersection that usually stays green. This happened just last week to me - a light that is usually green changed and the girl behind me, chatting on a phone, rammed us at full speed. If she was talking to a friend in the car she would have been aware of her environment, the car, but since the friend was outside the car, she wasn't actively aware of her environment.

Side: Yes of course it does
2 points

I'm quite sure it does. And I have seen other people driving crazy and they are on their phones. But, it doesn't stop anyone.

Side: Yes of course it does
2 points

Yes it does, not because it makes driving harder, because it decreases your reaction time. As you talking on the phone and engaged in a conversation, your brain wil not react as fast as if it would if you was focused mainly on the room. So if your reaction time is impaired i think that makes talkn on the phone and driving dangerous. A 1 sec mistake can become deadly on the road. have you ever let your eyes off the road to change radio station to look up and have to slam on brakes???

Side: Yes of course it does
2 points

Tell that to all the people you unintentionally cut off without ever noticing.

Side: Yes of course it does
2 points

OF COURSE. NUFF SAID. Pay attention and drive, for god's sake! Your stupid accident that can be easily prevented will cause a huge inconvenience for all of us on same road!

Side: Yes of course it does
2 points

Yes it does, the only thing you should be focusing on is the road while you are driving. I do not care how great a multi tasker you are it does not change the fact that you are not fully concentrating on the road.

Side: Yes of course it does
1 point

If someone tells you over hands-free while you're driving that you've just won €5,322,654.32 on the lottery, your perfect driving record may be in jeopardy.

Side: Yes of course it does
1 point

This may have already been presented but empirically speaking studies have shown that headset or not, there is no different in brain activity in terms of focus on the road.

It isn't a matter of having an extra hand.

It's a matter of still not having your mind on the road around you but on continuing the conversation and contemplating what your friends are saying to you.

Side: Yes of course it does
1 point

If you could do two things at once then you must have good eyesight no brain or 8 arms. It will cost you one day or someoe else their life.

Side: bad idea
-2 points
2 points

I don't believe that driving while talking on the phone impairs my driving capabilities. I am on the road for work a lot and am always on my cellphone either talking, sending email, or texting, but I always make sure to keep my eyes on the road and pay attention. I do see a lot of people that cut me off or are driving like a maniac and that they're on their cellphone, but I think that people who do it frequently like myself learn to multitask effectively.

Side: No that's why we have headsets
waaykuul(321) Disputed
4 points

Here's a link to a short little game that tests your ability to multitask. Don't worry about it being a timesuck; most people last less than 30 sec. ^_^

Supporting Evidence: Multitasking (arcade.itch.com)
Side: Yes of course it does
1 point

only lasted 20 seconds damn pillows got me

Side: Yes of course it does
1 point

Driving is a zero sum game. You either get to where your going safe and sound, or you don't. So as a basic rule, doing anything while driving, other than driving, diminishes your driving capabilities. However, since we're always doing something other than driving while driving it makes sense to evaluate this proposition in context of how we really drive. Is talking on the cell phone, if done responsibly, any less distracting than listening to Shock Radio? Or reprimanding two unruly children who won't sit still? I don't think so, talking on the phone is just another distraction, no more hazardous than listening to the radio.

Side: No that's why we have headsets
0 points

There is a huge difference between Talking and Listening.

Side: No that's why we have headsets
1 point

If we just limit it to talking and not dialing or texting I agree. How could talking on a cellphone using a headset be any more distracting than talking to the passengers? Life is distracting ... deal with it intelligently.

Side: No that's why we have headsets
1 point

I think talking on a phone so risk while anyone driving.

spy on a phone

Side: No that's why we have headsets
0 points

When you have driving squabbles like mine you need something else to do, otherwise the tedious task of keeping the car on the road becomes very boring. I like to talk on the phone, send texts, check my e-mail, sometimes I'll throw back a few cold ones just to add another degree of difficulty.

Side: No that's why we have headsets
0 points

Driving while talking on the phone does NOT impair driving capabilities. How do you think that race car drivers, at over 150 km an hour talk on headsets and even talk to their co-captain sitting next to them? It is the lack of good judgment and not prioritizing what you talk about that impairs judgment.

Side: No that's why we have headsets
Blacklaser(56) Disputed
2 points

While race car drivers do have headsets or a co-captains, it is in 99% of situations one way communication with the driver just listening not talking. Very rarely will the driver have to respond to anything. And even that one way communication is kept as short as possible so as to not distract the driver.

Side: No that's why we have headsets
-1 points

Anything that causes you to take at least one hand off the wheel while driving has a negative effect on both your reaction time and control of the vehicle. It could be talking on a cell phone or drinking a cup of coffee. However, by utilizing the voice activated Bluetooth feature in my car, I am able to keep both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road. Therefore, as I talk on my phone my driving is not impared.

Side: No that's why we have headsets
munificent(52) Disputed
4 points

> I am able to keep both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road.

Yes, and if you had two brains you could keep one of those on the road too. Unfortunately, there is only the one, and since so much of it is hardwired for human interaction, you're very likely keeping it on the conversation and not your driving.

Side: Yes of course it does
-1 points

Hell no, especially after a few beers.

Side: No that's why we have headsets
-2 points
-3 points