Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Old Cell Drunk

There is a game that I play whenever I'm out driving around town. It's great fun, so I thought I'd share. I think it's the modern day equivalent of the old punchbug game from when we were kids. Here's how you play:

First, you'll need to find an Old Cell Drunk car. Here's how you spot them:
  • OCD cars usually drive at or below the posted speed limit
  • OCD cars drive at the same speed as the car in the lane next to them, thus preventing the cars behind them from passing either of them
  • OCD cars leave significantly more space between their car and the car in front of them than their speed would require
  • OCD cars sometimes cross over the lines of their lane, but aren't changing lanes.

I think you get the picture.

Once you spot one, you have to guess: old person, cell phone, or drunk.

Now, if you're one of those people who doesn't play little mental games like this while you're driving: GET OFF THE PHONE!!!

I know you think you can multi-task. You can't. No really. You can't. "But I've never been close to getting into an accident," you say. No sh*t. That's because you're driving 15 miles an hour slower than everybody else and there's enough room for an aircraft carrier between you and the car in front of you!

Don't believe me? Play the game. Go on, do it. Drive around and see if you can pick out the schmuck on his cell phone long before you actually confirm the cell phone. I'll bet you can. Because when you're not playing the game... you are the game. Now hang up the phone.

(Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna lose a few followers here, but it had to be done.)



OakParkGirl said...

Its supposed to be illegal, wish it were enforced. I try to pull over but occasionally do answer my phone. I know :( Ive recently started refusing to accept work meeting requests intentionally scheduled during travel time. Too many people at work treat road time as the perfect opportunity to take distracting work calls, I don't get it.

rubyspikes said...

I should add that I do take calls while driving, but usually not long conversation calls. They're usually, "Hey, honey. I'm on my way home now. See you soon." Also, I am aware of the fact that when I'm on the phone, I drive differently. What bugs me is the people who think that they drive just fine when they're on the phone. I want to get a camera and follow them around for a week and show them the difference.

OakParkGirl said...

Agreed, I'll tell people I can only talk for a minute if I am driving. But yeah, I've been behind those people too. Swerving, driving slow, no turn signal (cause they have no hands left!), etc. If people would just get the hands free blue tooth stereos (that's what I have) it wouldn't be so bad. Or at least a damn headset!

AMo said...

Thank you for posting this, I have 13 hours in the car today. Since I've got kids with me I'll need to play the G-rated version, "Old cell needs a nap".

RaRa said...

LLOL! ;)

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