I bring this up because twice yesterday women talking on the phone, while driving, demonstrated unsafe behavior. I always take I81 over to my Mom's because it cuts the driving time in half. Just past the Progress Road exit a middle aged woman pulled in behind me. She got close. How close? So close I couldn't see the front of her car in my rear view mirror. I could clearly see, however, that she was talking on the phone. I don't like people sitting on my ass when I drive so I shifted into the left lane to let her pass. To my surprise, she followed me. That's when I realized in order for her to multi-task, to drive her car and talk on her phone at the same time, she needed to be really, really close to the car in front of her. That way she could focus on her conversation and not her driving skills. What would have happened if I had needed to slam on my brakes? I have no doubt, at the speed I was driving, she would have died... for a phone call.
Four hours later I had to hit my brakes in order to keep from being hit by a young woman who turned right in front of me. She too was talking on her phone. I was going west on Cumberland Road and she was going east and she turned on to Altoona. Maybe, had she used her turn signal, I would have had some indication she was going to turn. Unfortunately there was no turn signal and I did have to hit my brakes, and she was talking on her phone.
Now I have no doubt that were I to ask either of these women if they were good drivers both would assert that fact. Just as I have no doubt they believe being women means they can drive and talk on the phone at the same time because they can multi-task. This is horse shit. The more complicated the tasks become, the more difficult it is to perform two or more at the same time. The picture above demonstrates my point completely. If that toddler were screaming and hitting her with his fists, there is no way she could talk on the phone, let alone reach for an egg to fry. That picture is a fantasy women have been using to enable their limited capabilities.
Of course there a men who drive cars and talk on their phones, too, and they are just as stupid, I just haven't run into any of them lately.
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