Common Sense and Education Lacking
First, people don't use their heads when driving. Maintaining proper following distance, easing off the gas rather than always hitting the brakes to slow your car, not looking 10-12 seconds down the road to identify and predict problems, being polite, etc., reduce travel time and stress for all. When I was taught to drive, we were taught IPDE. Identify/Predict/Decide/Execute. More recently, I understand it was changed to SIPDE to include Scan. The idea is that you should constantly scan your mirrors and the road looking for problems so you can react proactively and not have to act abruptly.
Many drivers don't pay enough attention to the road because they are looking at devices, mirrors, etc. Eating while driving or shaving isn't necessarily a problem. I do both -- not at the same time -- and still manage to avoid accidents quite nicely because I continue to watch the road.
Finally, driver's education is apparently lacking and there is no required followup on a periodic basis, so too few drivers understand even basic rules of the road. The driver's test in my current state focus on how much alcohol one can drink and not be considered under the influence rather than when vehicles come to a four way stop, who goes first, etc.
If drivers were properly educated, rational, polite, and careful, we wouldn't have to worry about which gadgets should be allowed or not. Those drivers would simply avoid doing unsafe things!
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