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  Reply # 1054376 27-May-2014 15:48
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sxz: +1 for headphones.

Its no worse than someone cranking their stereo. 

I too use headphones sometimes to listen to audiobooks, have on my bike a few times as well.  The volume is low, the headphones are not noise cancelling or blocking, and I can hear ambient noise just as well as anyone else.  If you can be distracted so easily you should not be driving!




I disagree, wearing noise cancelling headphones means if you aren't paying attention your not going to hear / see emergency vehicles. I see it as a total disregard for other peoples safety. 

At least someone with a loud stereo system is more likely to hear the air horns of a fire truck or the buzzer of a police car or ambo.

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  Reply # 1054380 27-May-2014 15:53
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On another note why not be nice and have a conversation with your children instead of ignoring them by wearing headphones. If you have young children in the car you should be interacting with them.




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  Reply # 1054381 27-May-2014 15:56
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old3eyes:
mckenndk: I would not recommend wearing headphones while driving, people walking with headphones on are not aware of their surroundings.
I don't understand cyclists that do it either as they can't hear if a car is coming behind them etc so I would not recommend them for driving, will you hear that police car or ambulance wanting to get past or your kids in the back if they need something sorted out.

That's my opinion anyway.

If your not the driver then no problem.


How do deaf people get on then when driving, walking, cycling  etc??


I Have a number of deaf friends that drive, all have $3000+ hearing aids, they can hear most things like sirens or horns without there hearing aids in, if fully deaf you rely on your other senses which then in turn are so much sharper... So this argument of deaf people is stupid.

We use our ears not just for hearing but sensing our surroundings, by putting headphones in or over can dampen the senses

I personally would not drive with headphones in, however all to there own, if you cause a crash then i guess its on your hands to figure out if the headphones caused it or something else did




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  Reply # 1054398 27-May-2014 16:00
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BTR: On another note why not be nice and have a conversation with your children instead of ignoring them by wearing headphones. If you have young children in the car you should be interacting with them.


I suggested as much back on page two!

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  Reply # 1054597 27-May-2014 20:22
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BTR: I disagree, wearing noise cancelling headphones means if you aren't paying attention your not going to hear / see emergency vehicles. I see it as a total disregard for other peoples safety. 

At least someone with a loud stereo system is more likely to hear the air horns of a fire truck or the buzzer of a police car or ambo.


Whilst I oppose the use of headphones while driving I don't believe that noise cancelling headphones would be any worse than ordinary ones because the noise cancelling is ineffective against transient noise.

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  Reply # 1054598 27-May-2014 20:27
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old3eyes:
mckenndk: I would not recommend wearing headphones while driving, people walking with headphones on are not aware of their surroundings.
I don't understand cyclists that do it either as they can't hear if a car is coming behind them etc so I would not recommend them for driving, will you hear that police car or ambulance wanting to get past or your kids in the back if they need something sorted out.

That's my opinion anyway.

If your not the driver then no problem.


How do deaf people get on then when driving, walking, cycling  etc??


I recommend you go proper cycling in Auckland/Christchurch in your proper headphones. I will be surprised if you came back here in one piece.

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  Reply # 1054599 27-May-2014 20:28
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I've tried it and would never do it again, imo its very dangerous

BTW, I subscribe to some vloggers on YouTube, they are always holding their phone on one hand and steering with the other hand, that scares me, also, one guy never has his seatbelt on, lol

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  Reply # 1054624 27-May-2014 21:04
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This is how its done? (Youtube commercial of guy with headphones driving)
I
 know NZ law does not equal US law, but i think usage like in the video is pretty acceptable. Big companies wouldn't feature its like such otherwise.



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  Reply # 1055303 28-May-2014 17:55
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BTR: On another note why not be nice and have a conversation with your children instead of ignoring them by wearing headphones. If you have young children in the car you should be interacting with them.


I suggested as much back on page two!


to which I responded? (on page three)

I did mention after the OP truth art my kids are 5 and 2. I actually do play lots of games with them, and a share audiobook is a great idea, thanks!

BUT, when travelling with SWMBO (2-3 days/w) the kiddie music that they love so repetitiously drives me 'To distraction' and since Mum's just sitting there playing along, AFAIcare she can deal with any yelling and screaming too!

Which leaves me at "if it's legal and she's ok with it, why NOT?"

Though thanks again for the lively discussion peeps!

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