Shaving and driving? Yep, I saw it

Kudos to the Iowa Department of Transportation, which has come up with a smart phone application to deter texting while driving. I’m not sure of the particulars of how it works but less people texting and driving means safer roads for all of us.

It’s inevitable that every time I see a car swerving then I look inside it is someone texting or talking on their phone.

In fact, we do so many things in the car when we should be focusing on driving. A couple of unique activities I saw just this past week.


Yes, I saw this last Wednesday morning on Sixth Street at the Linn Creek bridge. The guy shaving looked like it was natural to him to do this while he drove. I would imagine it would be a lot of work to bring your rechargeable razor into the car with you. This guy must be super busy or his alarm didn’t go off that morning.


Are we that busy that we can’t stop a few minutes to eat? I eat fast but I at least like to savor my food a little bit. Cramming a sandwich into my mouth with one hand while driving with the other doesn’t seem a bit satisfying to me. Why is it when people eat in the car they never nibble – they are always taking these monster bites while filling their cheeks for us all to see. It’s not very appealing to other drivers who have to look at that type of gorge-fest.

Singing and arm dancing

I haven’t seen too much of this lately but with the colder weather nearing, people may want to get this done soon.

They like to roll down the windows, sing and show how much more fun they are having than you. To each their own I guess.

The low arm reach

I see this every so often where someone is swerving because something fell on the floor of their car and they NEED to pick it up pronto. Is that “Best of Celine Dion” CD really worth it if it means you are a danger to other motorists? Maybe just let whatever is on the floor stay on the floor for a few minutes until you are stopped.

I guess distracted driving comes in many forms. Maybe we all can focus a little more on the road and less on other things we want to accomplish while driving.

Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or