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.


Blogger Arunima said...

you have been doing almost everything possible.

8:23 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

Guilty. But it's such a waste of time to be doing nothing!

8:28 PM  
Anonymous bluespriite said...

I used to read at jams and since I cldnt give that up, I gave up driving..

9:09 PM  
Blogger Stone said...

Its fine As long as you don't take a nap :-)

10:48 PM  
Blogger Kapil said...

Well, I guess the only thing u don't seem to be doing is making love in a moving car ..while driving it! beat that one. ;-)

But hey, it's a good self-realisation and I really hope that more of us would see things around us and learn to be a lot more responsible drivers.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous bluespriite said...

You've been tagged... again :)

12:02 AM  
Anonymous Twilight Fairy said...

:O :O :O

Agree with Arunima and Kapil! U have done everything except for making love while driving.. well I've dnoe only 1 & 2. phone calls thru handsfree not phone and listen to music at times. Cant imagine nail polish! I thought that happened in movies :P

Most of these listed here are dangerous BTW :|

3:23 PM  
Blogger Sangita said...

Thats quite a list of to dos with driving..sadly accidents are quite often(recently heard india tops fatal road mishap list)and biker give me more scare than anything(even when I am sitting only in the car :-() with their zip zap zoom driving..

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bluespriite: wow! that's super! i cant manage beyond my smses and phone nos.

stone: not when i am driving but i always sleep in the passenger's seat.

kapil: haha... wouldn't try that.. i ll be behind bars and you will read about it in Mumbai Mirror :)

bluespriite: will do it, promise.

twilight fairy: i know they are dangerous but i take utmost care. how else to find time for all these?

sangita: bikers are bad but the BMC garbage dumpers in bbay are turning out to be regular killers.


5:01 PM  
Anonymous colours said...

oooppps .. many of these I do too.

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