Crazy Stuff People Do While Driving

I have noticed people doing random stuff while stopped at the red light. Mostly it's women applying different forms of makeup but today takes the cake. I saw a mid-upper aged male using his electronic shaver while driving. It wasn't like a small trimmer or groomer but rather a full sized shaver.

So I was wondering what's the craziest thing you (or a friend.. ahem..) may have done, or have noticed others do, while driving. This video doesn't count.

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    A few weeks ago I was late to drop off my kid to school so I took the shaver with me and shaved in the red lights. I did NOT shave while driving (put it away and held the wheel with both hands).

    • +10 votes

      Thanks find that the majority of shaving with an electric shaver is very automatic, like eating or brushing teeth, doesn’t require any concentration, and can be done with eyes shut. It’s when you get to the end Nd make ute you haven’t missed any that you need to check the mirror.

      I don’t condone it, but don’t think it’s anyhwere near as dangerous as using a phone, or many other activities.

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        Well it's not dangerous at all in a stationary vehicle at a red light…

        • +8 votes

          yet you'll get fined for touching your phone on a stationary vehicle at a red light. Same fine as using phone while driving.
          I can see why using phone while waiting for red traffic light can be distracting but it shouldn't draw the same penalty as using it while driving.

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            @Bargain80: 100% agree, but its people who are old and have no clue that make these silly laws. See I dont think people should use their phones while driving but stationary or parked is different. And the thing is if you make these laws the same for all forms then what happens is the younger generation and also a lot of tradies who rely on their phones for work information (constantly getting updates etc)decide well if its the same fine no matter what then i will do it whenever i need to. But if it was ok while the car was completely stationary and not moving one bit (which is pretty safe as people do lots of other things while waiting at the red lights anyway), then people would actually hold back on using it while the car was moving and wait for the next set of red lights how ever long that might be.

            • +3 votes

              @lonewolf: Yeah and perversely there is far less chance of being caught when it is actually dangerous - in a moving vehicle!

              The cops only bother to lurk around traffic lights where it's an easy bust to catch people looking at their phone waiting at a red… epic result

            • +3 votes

              @lonewolf: I agree that using your phone at the lights is not the same as while moving. It does however cause congestion when people don’t put down their phone and respond to change of lights.
              Most people aren’t competent of driving without a phone, I don’t want to encourage them to add another distraction.

          • +7 votes

            @Bargain80: Well the obvious risk is that you'll use your phone at a light and be tempted to keep using it as you set off once the light changes. A blanket ban is strict, but it prevents this risk.

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            @Bargain80: I use to think using your phone at red lights wasn't much of an issue, but I've changed my mind.
            A couple of months ago I was driving on a 2 lane road on the left side. There was some road works happening on the left lane, so people were merging to the right lane. The cars on the right lane start moving except for the car behind me to the right, I thought she was letting me in, since she did not move when the cars in front of her were. As I started merging she started accelerating and almost hit me (she beeped at me too). Turns out she was on her phone, and just started taking off because the car in front wasn't there anymore.

            I see a lot of people at red lights taking off when its green and still looking at their phone. They just notice the car in front moving with their peripheral vision so they start accelerating.

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              @chanleystan:

              A couple of months ago I was driving on a 2 lane road on the left side. There was some road works happening on the left lane, so people were merging to the right lane

              That's not the same as stopping at red light.
              But I agree that it still carries some risk.
              What I don't agree is the same penalty between reading text at red light and reading text while driving 60 kmh

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            @Bargain80: With a shaver you're moving it around and not concentrating on it.

            With a phone you're actively concentrating and reading the contents.

            If you suddenly look up and the light has changed to green, people will often accelerate straight away without being aware of their surroundings.

            There might be a pedestrian crossing the road late, or a bicycle / car that has moved in such a way that you aren't aware of them or their position - causing you to run into them.

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          Generally, the people I see on their phone when stopped are swerving and responding late(nowhere near as drunks) and on their phones when I pass them.

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            @This Guy: A lot of the responses are still involving cars moving. The point is when the car is 100% stationary and the phone is not used at all during movement of any kind. The problem is the way it is currently will just get the younger generations using it whenever regardless.

    • +3 votes

      Just FYI, stopped at a red light is still considered driving, so you could get into trouble for doing it at a red light, the same as you would if you were moving.

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      Don't you get hair everywhere!?

  • +5 votes

    livestreaming on twitch while driving. Not only will you be villified by the online community but also get banned from Twitch.

    and probably should get banned from driving for a while.

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    Driving on the Cumberland Highway, around midday on a Saturday.
    I looked to my right and saw a guy in a convertible going about 110km, holding a razor and shaving his head before overtaking me and weaving in and out of cars going 90.
    I still think about what he must've been in a rush for, but I can't think of a reason good enough to warrant that level of speeding AND shaving.

  • -1 vote

    Phones obviously. But I did see a parked car with a desk fan on the front dashboard. I've got photos as I wanted to report them but gave up when I couldn't find any easy forms or emails.

  • +33 votes

    Drive in the right lane on the freeway doing 5-20kms under the speed limit. CRAZY!

    • +4 votes

      I see someone do that every day. I used to patient but these days I will flash my lights and get a bit close if they won't move over. There's usually some loser in the middle lane too so both of them together are blocking the road.

      • +8 votes

        Victoria road rule 130 - Keeping left on a multi-lane road:

        When driving on any multi-lane road with a speed limit over 80km/h, you must keep out of the right lane unless you are:
        - overtaking
        - turning right
        - if all lanes are congested.

        That third point is the critical one, particularly for freeways.

        Whilst I generally agree regarding the speed when driving in the right-hand lane, drivers need to also drive to the conditions. The speed limit is the absolute maximum on a clear day in dry conditions etc.

        • +8 votes

          A lot of the time the road isn't congested and they're being an asshat. Doesn't help that there are two exits further along that road where the exit is from the right hand lane.

          If it was congestion I wouldn't be bothered.

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            @Levathian: Glad In Melbourne (on the roads I use) don’t have right lane exit ramps. People would go into melt down. They’d probably stick to the left, the. Slow to 50 trying to merge to the right

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            @Levathian: Are all those drivers really driving slowly in the right lane because all the lanes are congested (by traffic passing them on the inside)?

            Is that why there's such a problem on the Melbourne tollroads- the law is vague/misunderstood?

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              @resisting the urge: As I said before because there's two exits further along (Clem 7 and Turbot St) some people will sit in the right hand lane for kilometers beforehand "in case they miss the exit".

              If there's congestion and all lanes are going slow then you can't do anything much about it but when the lane ahead of them is clear, and they're going at like 90 in a 100 zone, it's very irritating.

              I wonder why I'm getting so many downvotes. Probably people who like sitting in the overtaking lane illegally. lol.

              • +1 vote

                @Levathian: You don't deserve one downer. I was actually responding after reading @GG57's comment, as the rules seem to encourage (let alone allow) it. I meant it to have an air of irony (failed).

                Having slow traffic in the left and right lanes of a 5 lane highway makes it a very weird environment for drivers used to European road networks.

                Here in Oz, certainly those Melbourne tollways, anything goes.

                Sorta- she'll be right (even if she's a bit slow)

  • +2 votes

    Trucks merging/driving into the right lane on Freeways/highways, knowing all too well that they'll be needing to exit soon causing traffic hazards and traffic

    • +4 votes

      Well how else are they supposed to overtake the other six trucks in the five lanes on the left, travelling at 0.1-0.3 km/h slower than they are able to go (before the next hill slows them all down and changes the pecking order again)?

  • +52 votes

    currently difficult to comment whilst doing 110km/h

  • +2 votes

    Weed.

    Happens more frequently on my evening commute home, but I've lost count of the number of times I've caught a familiar whiff whilst filtering past an open car window in traffic.

  • +6 votes

    picking nose and throw it over the window.

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      It's me, nose and ear…

    • +6 votes

      Disgusting!!! In Germany they usually eat it instead of flicking it. They really are more efficient in all aspects.

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        I usually try my best to throw it around tree area so it could become useful as a natural compose. Or when I do my afternoon walk, I throw it under a fruit tree if any..natural compose is always a better option!

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      We used to yell out the window…… did you pick a winner haha

  • +28 votes

    if you're driving at night time, and you look down at your speedo and you can't see it because it's not lit up.. THAT MEANS YOUR LIGHTS AREN'T ON!!

    • +1 vote

      With the number of cars that don't have any lights on in foggy and wet weather I'm almost thinking it should be mandatory to have them on all the time. I've had a couple near misses due to clueless people.

    • +8 votes

      A lot of new cars have the dash lit up all the time so they don't notice it at night. Dumb still I know but it's not completely and utterly obvious

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        Sometimes the daytime running lights are really bright… but it means that there are no brake lights on!

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        +1

        Adding to that point: I haven't had to manually activate headlights in a long time so if I drove someone else's car where the dash was lit but without auto lights I'd probably forget too

    • +1 vote

      Lol i had a feeling you were from Mel. Never seen so many cars with no lights or one busted light at nighttime. It's insane that they don't have pink slip or equivalent in Vic. Too many shitboxes.

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      Just goes to show you how often some people actually look at their speedos.

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      I tried flashing highbeams at a clueless fella because he was driving with lights off in near zero visibility torrential rain but he just assumed I wanted him to change lanes. lol

  • +6 votes

    It was reported that a middle-aged man was driving whilst watching porn on his phone at 5:30am in November 2016. Apparently it was dark enough for an off-duty police officer to see the phone screen as he passed in an adjoining lane.

    Four demerit points, $466 for using his phone, and $622 for offensive behaviour.

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    I saw some lady with an iPad (!!) mounted to the middle of the windscreen. I couldn't take a photo but it was ridiculous, she was barely concentrating on the road!

    Also I hope that guy who shaves while driving cleans his car. The seat would be covered in tiny bits of hair. Yuck.

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      I saw some lady with an iPad (!!) mounted to the middle of the windscreen. I couldn't take a photo but it was ridiculous, she was barely concentrating on the road!

      Probably same lady I saw. Was she driving a red Toyota Corolla?

      I use my Google Assistant and take photos using my voice

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      Was waiting to cross at the traffic lights when a young woman in a hatchback drives past. Wondered why she was going so slowly as she came around the corner, before I realised she was trying to keep her iPad in place … which was balanced on the steering wheel. Oh, and she had two young kids in the car.

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      Wasn't it a convertible? It'd go on everyone else's windscreens.

  • +4 votes

    Reading a paperback book

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    Eating cereal from a bowl with a spoon whilst driving.

    Brushing teeth whilst driving.

    Applying eye drops.

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