|I drive distracted in many ways. Applying lipstick has never been one of them.|
Sorry, but I can't get on board with this.
Look, the whole "no phone zone" thing sure seems like a nice idea, but a phone is far from the only distraction while driving. Take a look at that picture above. If that girl wasn't talking on the phone, she'd still end up taking her eyes off the road to check her lipstick. Before I started tweeting while driving, I would still use my phone to change iTunes playlists, check sports scores, or even get directions.
And that brings me to the biggest modern driving distraction: the GPS device. People mount these fucking things right on their dashboard, have them constantly re-draw a map and verbally spout directions every few seconds or minutes. Despite manufacturer instructions, most people put their GPS directly in their line of sight, providing a constant distraction from the actual driving.
Even if the U.S. Government passed a law banning all portable electronic devices from the interior of a car, there'd still be distractions. Having a conversation with a passenger? That's a distraction. Listening to your built-in radio? Distraction. See a fucking digital rotating billboard with a video advertisement for some shit you'd never buy. FUCKING DISTRACTION.
I drive 60 miles round-trip on my daily commute to work. I've made the same exact commute for nearly five years now and can practically do it in my sleep. The only time I struggle with the commute is when I'm NOT distracted. Music off, phone off, windows up, eyes on the road? I can't do that. I start looking at every damn car on the road thinking it's going to crash into me. Every sound my car makes becomes some kind of crisis. I need the distractions. My commute works much better that way, thank you very much.
So make your car a phone zone. Or a lipstick zone. Or a breakfast zone, a singing zone, a shaving zone or a whatever-the-fuck-you-want-zone (just, please, do it with clothes on, because no one's car should be a naked zone). However YOU drive best is the way you should drive.