Even though the current laws in many states prohibit the use of cell phones while driving, nearly all of us have had the opportunity to see someone driving along, minding their cell phone and nothing else on the road. Some of us have had the unfortunate opportunity to be run off the road, out of our lane, or even to come in contact with another vehicle, simply because some other driver was too busy either texting or talking on their phone.
Those of us who grew up in the ’60s and ’70s knew that if you wanted to talk to someone, it had to be early morning, or late evening. We didn’t have cell phones, and we certainly didn’t have the opportunity to call someone while we were in traffic. Short of using a CB Radio, the only talking we did was either to our passenger, or to another driver – while we displayed a single digit from our hand as a memento of our interaction. We survived an entire generation without a cell phone in our car, so why is it so hard for people today to leave the cell phone off while they drive?
We’ve all seen it: the driver in the fast lane doing 50 mph, and as we go around we see they’re on their phone. Or someone who wanders across the lines and after we check for wetness, or spilled coffee, we catch up only to find out the driver is too involved in a phone call to pay attention to the lines on the road. Owning a classic musclecar, we dread seeing these drivers around our cars, especially when we’ve worked so hard to make our cars look so great.
Sometimes the person on the phone can make us all so infuriated that we daydream about grabbing their phone and smashing it to pieces, just to teach them a lesson. We holler at them, “Get off your damn phone!”, but it does no good. We honk at them, and they flip us off, as if we’re the instigator. It’s enough to drive you mad. We may sometimes be guilty of indulging in our cell phone from time to time, but it seems there are others who can’t stay off the phone for five minutes without picking it back up.
But then we catch a video like this one, apparently in Russia, where a cell phone obsessed driver has caused a problem on the roadway, and another driver commits the act that we all think of doing. It seems Russian dash cams are all the rage, and great for entertainment, too.
So next time you’re driving in your muscle car, and you catch someone on their phone causing problems in traffic, take a deep breath, count to ten. And when you get to the office, or back home, live vicariously through the star in this video, who does what we all think about doing from time to time. Do you find yourself wanting to smash the other person’s phone when they do a bonehead move in traffic? Sure you do.