Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What not to do when you are driving…

The other day I looked down from my office window and saw a young life snuffed out under a dumper's fat tyres. These huge trucks have been causing a lot of accidents these days. Something needs to be done.

I stared at the spot. One moment, alive and speeding on a bike. Next moment, dead. Just like that. Life over, errand left unfulfilled, family left shocked and shattered. It could have been anyone. It could have been me.

Incidents like these make me sombre while I drive. I am a careful driver, make no mistakes. But I tend to multitask a bit. I am taking a moment to recall all that I engage in while in the driver's seat.

I make all my phone calls. Since this is the only time I get without getting interrupted I make necessary and important calls, those which I get no time for once I am out of the car. I use hands free of course.

Listen to music. Very loud.

Eat. Not proper meals but I often munch on fruits, sandwiches.

File my nails. I have done that while waiting at signals.

Apply makeup. I often rub cream on my hands when they feel dry, while driving. At times I spray perfume and sometimes I roll a gloss over my lips.

Paint my nails. Yes, I am guilty of doing that when I have been stuck at traffic signals and jams.

I don't know which of these is dangerous but since the accident outside my office, I am only listening to music and concentrating on the road.