How to text and drive

We are extremely sorry to say that we cannot text and drive anymore. It really surprises us why state governments do not realize the necessity of being tech-savvy in everyday life. Texting and driving (at the same time) is one of the most tech-savvy activities that has driven millennials as well as modern adults of this century. Texas was, so far, known to be one of the states that recognized the necessity of texting and driving. Damn it … Texting and driving will be considered illegal from September 1st, 2017 even in Texas. Here goes our freedom of texting and driving, multitasking, and being so cool.

This post describes a few ways of how we, the cool tech-savvy community, may survive this disaster of texting & driving ban. All the following methods can be applied hands-free. Therefore, their use should be legal. However, we strongly suggest that users consult a lawyer before implementing these methods. The authors of this post do not guarantee any safety or legal consequences of the methods.

All the following methods have one feature in common — you will have limited capability of typing. You will only be reading your incoming text messages safely. It is strongly recommended that you pull over if you need to type a message. However, you may type a few words without pulling over if you feel that no law enforcement officer is around, but again, the risk is all yours.

Driver-head mounts for smart phones

Driver-head mount for smart phones. This mount is only for smart phones, not for tablets.

Driver-head mount is a simple sophisticated device designed to attach a smartphone with the head of the driver. The phone is tightly mounted on a synthetic rubber stand, which is strongly attached to a head-band as illustrated in the figure. Although it is possible to mount tablets with this stand, we strongly recommended that only smartphones be used while driving. Tablets may increase the risk by obstructing the street-view even though we know that many people can drive fine without having a direct view of the road. It is alright to mount tablets, including iPad and Galaxy Tabs, while jogging or walking.

Cons: Users may experience headache after using the mount on their head for an extended period of time. We are sure that scientists will discover the optimal number of hours one may keep the device attached to the head without any health issues, when the device will be commercially produced.

Another drawback of this mount is that it may be difficult to type text messages while driving. The headband may become loose when typing a text message, especially when driving at a high speed.

Smart steering wheelβ€”phone mounting device

Steering-wheel phone mount is a technology that places the phone on the steering wheel, which is the closest to where people keep their phones for traditional texting & driving. Smart steering wheel mounting keeps the street-view unobstructed. It will let the user text and drive with an ease, without any necessity of taking the arms off the wheel.

Smart steering wheel-phone mount. Allows to keep the phone closer to fingertips.

Cons: Compared to the other approaches, the number of risk-factors of texting and driving seem to be lesser with the smart steering wheelβ€”phone mounting device. Inefficient texters may complain about the steering wheel mounts but such texters complain about any kind of texting and driving. Therefore, disregarding their complains will be the best policy to support the Renaissance of texting and driving.

Rearview mount for smart phones

Rearview mount is a sophisticated device that may carry both cell phones and tablets. The owner will mount the gadget with the sturdy mount, which will be attached to the rearview mirror. The following sketch demonstrates this elegant solution to the texting and driving ban problem.

Rearview mount. An elegant solution for clear text message view and possible texting (when allowed). Suitable for both smart phones and tablets.

Cons: Inefficient texters may report difficulty in typing text messages while driving at a high speed. We are pretty sure, even such inefficient texters will admit that the mount is great in using the smartphone as a GPS.

Windshield screen messenger on custom Tesla

Tesla is making full self-driving cars. If someone has a Tesla self-driving car, he/she may text and drive when the car is on self-driving mode. We are not sure if law would prohibit the driver from texting when the car is driving by itself because technically the human-driver is not the driver but the car is the driver when the car is on autopilot.

Anyway, we cannot afford a Tesla. Therefore, we are not much worried about it at this point. Yet, we have something more innovative than the previous ideas for Tesla-like smart cars. The idea is reflected in the following figure.

A windshield messenger-enabled custom smart car. The user can view the text messages on the windshield. It is not possible to type text messages but with smart voice active systems like Siri, it is possible to type without physically typing anything.

One may customize the windshield of a smart car before purchasing it. The windshield will be able to display all messages and notifications from the cellphone. This is something like the sci-fi movies where there are transparent glasses on which techy texts appear and blink. A self-driving capacity with this windshield screen messenger will be a perfect millennial combination. Typing on the windshield may sound a little inconvenient at first but it is possible to write text messages without typing by using a smart phone’s voice recognition software. πŸ™‚

Cons: This technology will be expensive. We are not sure if Tesla will be willing to make such windshields either. Elon Musk is great. He might like the idea. If you are lucky, he might even install such windshields on the spaceship for manned Mars mission.

Motorcycle mounting device for texting and driving

We do not know if motorcyclists text when they drive. It sounds too risky. Anyway, our innovative ideas are not limited to regular four-wheel vehicles. The ideas cover motorcycles as well. Please take a look at the following picture that demonstrates how a motorcyclist may mount a cellphone on a two-wheeler.

Phone-mounting device for motorcycles. A flexible solution to help motorcyclists text while driving.

The cell phone will be mounted on the front side of the motorcycle. The stands should be flexible. The motorcyclist will be able to tilt the phone to the left or to the right to keep street-views unobstructed.

Cons: This mounting device is safe mostly for enjoying incoming text messages. While it is possible to send text messages with slightly increased risk, we recommend that the user avoids typing text messages. By the way, sending a text message is risky with our without a mounting device when driving a motorcycle. This implies that not being able to type a text message is not a limitation of this proposed mounting technology. Rather, it is the limitation of motorcycles.

Concluding remarks:
Texting while driving is under no circumstances an acceptable activity. It risks the lives of others on the street who are relying on your driving skill, efficiency, and kindness.

Please notice that we have published this post under Awareness and Comedy and sarcasm categories. We observe people texting and driving almost everyday. Do you notice that many drivers are doing that? Please feel free to share any relevant experience in the comment section.

Settle in El Paso team



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    1. I appreciate the offer but we are planning on commercializing this technology after filing the patent. We will contact you once we are ready to accept sponsors. πŸ™‚ You will be at the top of our sponsors’ list.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting!

  1. I Am surprised when a car driver is not using hij cell phone.

    Even the same law is already existenting in the Netherlands.

    Kind regards,

    1. Haha … it has become a norm to use cellphones while driving (sadly).

      Thank you for telling us about the driving and texting ban in the Netherlands. I appreciate your visit. Have a wonderful week.

    1. 😬🀐 without the innovative designs we described in this post, I wouldn’t suggest texting and blogging while driving (especially not on an interstate). πŸ˜‰ Thank you for visiting and commenting! Have a wonderful and safe day. πŸ˜‰
    1. Hmm. Well … reading books πŸ“š might be off limit by law as long as it is hands-free. I think it is not clearly mentioned anywhere. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for visiting and commenting!
  2. Driver-head mounts for smart phonesπŸ˜‚πŸ˜© this can’t be serious that would be something else.

    Love always,

    Zineb

  3. Maybe I wasn’t supposed to laugh at this, but damn it you stole many laughs from me. Seriously!
    Take my money, and give me that! I will certainly present my boyfriend with that Tec.
    You gained a follower.
    Keep up the great work!
    1. Haha πŸ˜‚. I am happy to know that you liked the high techs. We will let you know as soon as these techs are in the market. Thanks for the follow.
  4. Clever! My state now labels rest stops as text stops – at least the rest stops near my home have signs that say “text stop”. My two year old car reads and responds to texts for you when driving, if you feel it necessary. So, how do we get people to stop applying make up, or reading newspapers while driving?
    1. That is funny πŸ˜‚ but Text Stop is a perfect name as well. A toddler responder of text messages is a smart πŸ€“ idea. Applying makeup, reading newspapers, and eating breakfast need further attention, we agree. I guess, we need more innovative devices to help people do these things safely while driving. 😎 Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a wonderful day.
  5. Great post…great humor about a serious subject! I wanted to let you all know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! You have a wonderful blog! The details on the award are on my newest post. Have a wonderful and fun day!
    1. We thought that the awareness message would be portrayed better through the humor. I am glad to know that you liked the post. I appreciate your visit and comment. We are honored by the Liebster Award nomination. Many many thanks. You too have a wonderful day.
  6. I like your post, but i must agree with state governments decision. This can save lives. I saw may tragedies that took places because using the phone (texting or not) driving.
    1. We too agree with the state. This is a humor-post to discourage texting and driving. I completely agree with you. The phone should be away while driving. Thank you for visiting and providing a valuable comment.
    1. I am glad to know that you found the post funny. Yes, I drew them on paper and then took pictures of them using the phone-camera. Thanks for your kind words.
  7. Haha. Nice to see some humor in these crazy dangerous situations. So many times, drivers don’t even see the light turn green, because they are texting. And, I can easily bump into another pedestrian on the sidewalk every day, because he/she is immersed in his/her phone. Not texting while driving has now become a lifesaver!
  8. Wow, that Tesla windshield thing is really cool and innovative. Are they really doing that, or at least planning to create that? If they are, that would look so futuristic. However, I’m not sure text messaging would be good. I think video chat would be a lot better. It would be a lot more distracting if you have to read a text message on your windshield, rather than having a friend’s face there. You don’t have to concentrate on his face that much, right?
    1. All the ideas of this post are outcomes of my vivid imagination. I tried to use sarcasm to raise an awareness in this post. However, I like the idea of video chat. Yes, you are correct. Reading a text on the windshield would be riskier than having a glance of the face. Having said that, nothing matters much when the car is driving all by itself. πŸ™‚ I appreciate your visit and comments. Have a wonderful day.
  9. Loved it. Loved the humor. Something we can all grab onto. Have a good week.
    1. Happy 😊 to know that you liked the humor. Thanks for visiting and commenting. You too have a wonderful week.
  10. WOW this is genius. I love all the ideas. Personally I’ll just go for text to speech and speech to text software that way you can listen to the massages you get and just talk and press send. but still this is a great post.
    1. Haha πŸ˜‚ Thanks for reading and commenting. text2speech and speech2text are great ideas. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful rest of the week.
  11. I’m so glad this post wasn’t serious. I see people texting and driving all the time. More adults than teens. It makes me so nervous. My son’s best friend was killed in a car accident when his girlfriend was texting and driving. A beautiful life wasted and something she has to live with forever. So not worth whatever it was that they thought had to be texted right then and there.
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    1. I am so sorry to hear this tremendous loss of a young life. Such a loss is never recovered.

      I also see people texting and driving everyday. A few months ago a car was about to hit my car when my child was there. On the rear-view, I saw the driver of the other car texting. This is the reason why I wrote this post in the first place. I used humor as an awareness tool. I don’t know if people habituated to text and drive will ever read this but definitely I will keep trying to raise the awareness.

      Thanks a lot for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. I feel like such an idiot because I was actually worried and thought you were serious. Haha! I think one idea wasn’t too bad, the iPhone on the mount idea, but others are a work in progress, to put it lightly. I am glad you informed everyone that texting and driving are in no way acceptable. I see people do it on the street every day, and when you’re on the road, there are so many stimuli you have to consider. A text message can wait, and the millennials, to whom this is most relevant, should take note of that. They should read this blog too. They’ll have a laugh as I did.
    1. Haha … we are using humor as a tool for awareness. We are planning on more such awareness posts but we will always explicitly mention the real message.

      I agree with you — a text message is of no priority while driving.

      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful evening.

  13. Hilarious but sad at the same time, as our tech “savvy” society circles slowly down the drain, said this Boomer. We’ve had this law in California for at least three years now, and it doesn’t amount to a “hill of beans!” Like our CHiPs have nothing else better to do than to arrest texters instead of actual speeders and reckless drivers that plague the highways and roads all over Calfornia!
    1. Indeed, it is a sad thing about our tech savvy society. I heard someone saying, “I am very cautious. I text only when I am driving below 30 mile per hour.”
      I think the awareness has to come from the heart.

      I agree with you — we probably do not have enough law enforcement workforce to reinforce text and drive laws.

      Thank you very much for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful evening.

  14. Catchy points. I like the smart screen idea.I personally don’t support texting and driving, because it requires your attention to come up with what you want to write.If it’s urgent,then just pull over and do the needful before you continue driving.
    1. I completely agree with you. If it’s urgent,then one can just pull over. We do not support texting and driving, at all. The post is a criticism of texting and driving, in a sarcastic way.
  15. This is a funny post that gets across the major health risks and issues of texting whilst driving. I enjoyed reading this a lot and really hope to see more of these posts in the future, where issues are alerted to this blogging community in a lighthearted manner.
    1. I am glad to know that you would like to read more such awareness posts. Thanks a lot for providing a valuable feedback.
  16. Here I will key in to the necessity to establish that ban on drive texting. No matter how cool it is, text driving is totally wrong. Regardless of the techy methods listed in the post- although which makes text driving a bit tempting- yet it is not cool on term of safety. The could be distracting from the chat which could result in a serious accident. I totally agree with the government on this
    1. Haha. Definitely. Please note that this post is a satire post. We are raising awareness by using sarcasm. We made it clear at the the end of the post in the concluding remark. We completely agree with you. πŸ™‚ Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.
  17. Good post! Everyone thinks they can text and drive safely until they get into an accident that’s their fault! It’s so easy to get trained to immediately look at your phone as soon as it makes a sound, or as soon as you *think* it makes a sound. Reminds me of a video I saw where driving instructors had kids try to text and drive during their test (on a safe, closed course!). They meant to teach the kids that it’s very hard to do safely, and that even when they’ve got more practice driving and they think they can do it, to remember that they really can’t!
  18. I almost decided to email this to all my Indian friends informing them that what they are doing now has the approval of a couple living abroad, until I saw your last comment. India is the worst when it comes to not following rules. I wish you came here and drove on our roads for first hand experience.

    *I am missing smilies here.

    1. I hope there will be a global awareness on this and one day people will stop jeopardizing lives. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
  19. Hahaha. I initially thought this was for real! Enjoyed the humour though. Good post.
    The “Motorcycle mounting device for texting and driving” part was just funny. Imagine if this was approved by the law, then we all would have to build more hospital for treatment purposes and for psychiatric interventions.

    However, it is wrong to text and drive. Under no circumstance should a person engage in such. The dangers that comes with it is out-weighs the benefit. Funny enough, people still do this risking the lives of others on and off the road.

    1. Haha … definitely, more hospitals for “psychiatric interventions”. I agree with you completely — texting and driving is always wrong. Nothing good can come out of it. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. Best regards.
  20. Haha, when I initially saw the title of the post I thought ”what the hell” then I started reading and realized it’s all for humor purposes. Pretty clever! I am really happy that many countries finally banned the texting while driving… sadly, it is still allowed here. Our cars are not automatic though. The majority are driven using ”the stick” so we manually have to change gears… now imagine somebody texting, driving and trying to change the gears. Something bad is bound to happen. I don’t understand people that are glued to their phones nonstop. I am sure that replying to one text isn’t worth risking your life? Or is it?

    Either way, really entertaining way of presenting the dangerous texting and driving. Lovely pictures btw!

    1. I am glad that you liked the post. Definitely, replying to a text isn’t worth risking any life. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful week.
  21. Texting while driving is simply too dangerous. There isn’t any save way to do it. The only way for making it save is not doing it at all. Anyone and anything can wait a few minutes to get an answer. Life’s worth it.
  22. I must say that I am glad is a law for this. Texting should be done when we are not driving. I saw a lot of accidents cause by the use of the phone when driving. Why should people die for this?
    1. I am absolutely with you on this. Texting is not worth that much. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.
  23. Lol, the driver head mount is too funny! I can’t imagine myself using that device while driving. The steering wheel one is a great idea though. I hope it’s available in stores.

    In my place texting is not the only prohibited act while driving. They have banned the use off all handheld devices. That means you can’t even use your phone for navigation. They’ve also banned putting things in your dashboard. For example, we are not allowed to put phone mounts in the dashboard.

    I know that the want us to be safe, but the law should also be reasonable.

    1. That law might be a bit strict but I like it. All sorts of phone-related distractions are gone. Cars πŸš— with navigation systems will become more popular.

      Thank you for visiting our blog and commenting. Have a wonderful week.

  24. Awesome post. so sad about the ban, better to send all the text i will be texting now before September comes around. LOL.
    But those are some really cool driving and texting solutions, although i doubt if you did be able to type much especially with your phone hanging on your rear view. but i think i like the smart steering mounting device better, looks like its the easiest to reach if the need arises.

    But one i will definitely not be trying out now or any time soon will be the motor cycle mounting device, come on, am not The Ghost Rider! am barely just finding my balance with the motor cycle and pulling out a skill like that might just not work out so well for me.

    1. Smart steering mounting device is a cool choice. πŸ™‚ Even Ghost Rider may not dare to use the motor cycle mounting device.

      Thank you so much for your your hilarious comment on this post.

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