Driving and Talking on the phone.

By
Real Estate Agent with Raleigh Cary Realty

There has been legislature recently regarding hand held communication devices.  Some States have banned talking and the phone and driving unless you are using a hands free device.  Also texting and driving has been banned in North Carolina.  On the news last night, a town in North Carolina is talking about a ban on talking on the phone completely.  I case you were wondering, it's Chapel Hill

I don't know what the consensus is, but I use a blue tooth head set and talk on the phone while driving.  I don't know if this town is worried about safety or looking for a way to increase revenue by fining those who do and will continue to talk while driving.  I admit I am a little distracted by setting up an outbound call, but beyond that, I don't think I am any more distracted than I would be if someone was sitting in the passenger seat and talking to me. 

I know we did Real Estate for years without a cell phone or Internet access, but I don't think I want to go back there.  I agree with not texting, but I am OK with talking on the phone with an hands free device.

Comments (6)

Cherry Wings Realty
Cherry Wings Realty - Traverse City, MI
Your Traverse City Michigan Realtor

I would support no cell phone use at all while driving.  Let's get real.  There is just NOTHING that important, that we can do anything about, while we are driving in the car.

Feb 09, 2010 12:35 AM
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Jim,

Clients are not living in the past.  They expect us to talk with them when they are available.

Bluetooth is great.  It lets me serve the client and respond quickly, even if only to make a promise to call back later.

 

Feb 09, 2010 12:58 AM
Denise Roberts
New Colony Properties, LLC - Pinehurst, NC
e-PRO, REALTOR - Specializing in Pinehurst, NC Area

I agree with Christine, I would support NO Cell Phone Use in the car.  I also agree with Mike to a degree.  Yes, clients want to talk to us when they are available.  But, frankly, when I'm speaking with a client or prospect....I most always have to write something down, which I can't do while I'm driving.

Therefore, if I missed a call while driving.....I call them back as soon as I park my car. 

No business is more important than my safety and my fellow driver's safety!  It's that simple.

Feb 09, 2010 01:41 AM
Richard Glick
Kingsway Realty - Lancaster, PA

Being available to clients 24/7 is great but safety should be king, so we should ALWAYS use common sense, especially when driving.  But how is the gov't supposed to regulate all of this, especially texting?  Whos to say I wasnt checking the time on my phone?  Or getting directions?  or just looking at my hand on my lap?  The drivers should be educated enough to drive smartly.

Feb 09, 2010 01:46 AM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
LandlordWhisperer

I just heard there is similar legislation being put forth in VA

Feb 09, 2010 02:31 AM
Vickie Osoria
Keller Williams Realty - Leland, NC

In response to a lot of your other comments, I agree that safety should be first in all aspects of our business.  But I would also interject that any thing can be a distraction if you allow it to be.  I had four children in the car with me for a very long time -- I can really talk about this subject!  lol  A healthy dose of common sense goes a long way when driving.  Cell phones, eating, children, talking with friends, pets -- each of these things are a distraction when driving.  I agree with you Jim that as long as you're not texting or trying to dial a number while riding down the road, using a bluetooth device is just the same as talking with a passenger -- maybe even better cause you're not turning your head to look at them occassionally!

Feb 12, 2010 11:43 PM