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2156847 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-12-12 23:13:07.0 UTC 2013-12-12T18:13:07.000-05:00 tell-me-about-it-when-driver-wont-quit-texting-its-time-to-quit-the-carpool published 2013-12-16 23:13:45.0 UTC 2013-12-16T18:13:45.000-05:00 features/relationships DTI 114993698 Q: I carpool with another young professional about an hour each way into our office. I'm lucky to save on gas, but my carpool engages in near constant texting when it's his turn to drive us. About once a week I ask him to put his phone down while driving, but I'm met with an emphatic "I'm not texting! I'm (insert other screen activity here)" or another crack about my own driving habits. I'm diligent about putting my phone away while driving and very rarely if ever fiddle with the stereo behind the wheel. I'm at a loss as to how to explain exactly how dangerous this is, not just to us, but to everyone on the road. Short of breaking up the carpool, what would you suggest? Carpool A: Break up the carpool. I'm all for saving money and gas, but, really? I can't help you if you wrap up your question by ruling out the only good answer. Maybe we can both get our way when you tell him, "Either your phone goes in the backseat or I'm not carpooling with you anymore" — but he's still going to be a combination of defensive and overconfident in his driving ability, and that's a problem even if he stops texting. By Carolyn Hax, Washington Post Features, Relationships Tell Me About It: Texting driver? Time to quit the carpool F Baylink AP DATASTREAM TEST 1 Washington Post Writers Group BL_hax121913 2013-12-19 05:00:00.0 UTC 2013-12-19T00:00:00.000-05:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2013/12/12/114993698-tell-me-about-it-when-driver-wont-quit-texting-its-time-to-quit-the-carpool StaffArticle features,relationshipsRelationshipsQ: I carpool with another young professional about an hour each way into our office. I'm lucky to save on gas, but my carpool engages in near constant texting when it's his turn to drive us. About once a week I ask him to put his phone down while driving, but I'm met with an emphatic "I'm not texting! I'm (insert other screen activity here)" or another crack about my own driving habits.Features, RelationshipsFeatures, Relationships<span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">CAROLYN HAX</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Washington Post Writers Group</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.ap.org/company/Terms-conditions" id="license-2156847">Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Washington Post Writers Group.</a>Washington Post Writers Group 2290079 2016-08-23 00:00:00.0 UTC 1 Week Ago tell-me-about-it-mom-wants-carpool-to-be-no-phone-zone features/relationships Tell Me About It: Mom wants carpool to be no phone zone StaffArticle 2277878 2016-05-25 00:00:00.0 UTC 3 Months Ago tell-me-about-it-innocuous-text-is-interpreted-as-aggressive features/relationships Tell Me About It: Innocuous text is interpreted as aggressive StaffArticle 2262022 2016-01-29 01:00:00.0 UTC 7 Months Ago tell-me-about-it-newlywed-has-no-time-for-group-of-friends features/relationships Tell Me About It: Newlywed has no time for group of friends StaffArticle <p></p> <p><b>Q: </b>I carpool with another young professional about an hour each way into our office. I'm lucky to save on gas, but my carpool engages in near constant texting when it's his turn to drive us. About once a week I ask him to put his phone down while driving, but I'm met with an emphatic &quot;I'm not texting! I'm (insert other screen activity here)&quot; or another crack about my own driving habits.</p> <p>I'm diligent about putting my phone away while driving and very rarely if ever fiddle with the stereo behind the wheel. I'm at a loss as to how to explain exactly how dangerous this is, not just to us, but to everyone on the road. Short of breaking up the carpool, what would you suggest?</p> <p>Carpool</p> <p><b>A</b>: Break up the carpool.</p> <p>I'm all for saving money and gas, but, really? I can't help you if you wrap up your question by ruling out the only good answer.</p> <p>Maybe we can both get our way when you tell him, &quot;Either your phone goes in the backseat or I'm not carpooling with you anymore&quot; — but he's still going to be a combination of defensive and overconfident in his driving ability, and that's a problem even if he stops texting.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:30:59