Reading while driving – Seriously?

Posted on by Defensive Driving | in Driving Distractions

Billboards & street signs are fine, but a reading a book or magazine while driving?  Seriously!!   I haven’t found anything in the “law” that prevents this, but does common sense just go out the window for some people?

I don’t have a long drive to and from work, but its long enough to see some pretty strange stuff.  This morning, while waiting for a crossing guard by a school, I noticed the lady next to me reading a book.  Not just casual glances either.  She had the paperback novel in her hands, resting them both on the top of the steering wheel and….reading her book….in a school zone.  Really??  Granted the only prohibitory sign in the area was a cell phone with a red circle and line through it.  So, I suppose technically, she wasn’t using her cell phone or texting, but…reading a book?

Out of curiosity, I followed the lady for a bit just to see when she might put her book down and  pay attention to her driving.  She didn’t.  By the time I had to turn off to get to work, she still had the book propped up on her steering wheel.  Amazing.

Do distracted driving laws only target cell phones and texting, or do the proposed regulations really need to add – NO READING BOOKS OR MAGAZINES while driving?
Anything that takes away your primary focus of driving is distracted driving.  Unruly kids in the back seat.  Using your cell phone.  Eating a sandwich.  I am just as guilty as the next person in doing those things, but I have never has the inclination to read a chapter or two in a book while driving.

The moral of the story.  Pay attention to your driving.  Reading a book has to be one  of the biggest distracted driving oddities out there.  If you doubt it, go to a driving safety school and find the section where its OK to drive.  I don’t think you’ll find it.

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 119309 ratings and reviews.

Siddharth Turaga TX, united states
Easy to navigate
Therese Ledesma united states
Love it, easy to follow.
Britney English None, united states
Great
tracy elms None, united states
very easy
Lorin Taylor None, united states
My experience with DefenseDriving.com was great. Very easy to sign up. Highly recommend.
Daniel Silva None, united states
Quick and easy
Raina ida Flanary-Ford None, united states
Thanks for making this process simple & not so difficult to understand.
Jennie TX, United States
Great experience
Thomas Reiff united states
The website is easy to navigate.
Leslie Holiday Texas, united states
Everything is simple! Just view the video and take your quiz on the video that you completed and wallah!
Tyler Homan United States
It's been very seamless and quite informational!
Gabrielle Jackson None, united states
Easy registration process
Taveres Burrows Jr None, united states
Really easy to sign up and love they have 2 different options for the class.
Ester Salazar None, united states
Easy to sign up for.
michelle perez None, united states
easy to use!
Victor Ledezma None, united states
Great
Ali Texas , united states
The process was simple and fast! Enjoyed it
caleb walters TEXAS, united states
Great course. Very eye opening
Rajesh Tumpala Texas, united states
Good
Lauren Potter None, united states
Easy to use
Linda Toombs None, united states
Easy
Joshua Hatch None, united states
Great
Dakota Kinzley Texas, united states
Very easy to set up and accomplish
Tom Knox Tx, united states
It was interesting and interesting informative.
Cassandra Hammond united states
Awesome
Alexandru Didea None, united states
So far good - sign up for online class was easy.
Christina Mata None, united states
Quick & easy
Juventino Franco None, united states
very good experience
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course