110% with you. Just because it's your own personal space inside the car, it does not mean you have to ignore/forget the world outside it.
Sorry if it upsets the women here, but too many of you treat driving as something tedious or beneath you; as important as "going to the bathroom", and for Invisible Friend's Sake, who tries to get good at that?
But that's just it, it is actually about life and death. Gawping at shops as you drive past, using rearview mirrors to put your faces on, leaning over the seat to talk to back seat passengers, it's just not good enough.
People do actually die because of this stuff. Drive properly and with every ounce of your ability or not at all.
That includes taking maintainance seriously, check tyre pressures often, make sure all the fluid reservoirs in the vehicle are at the correct level. Put the driver's seat in the right place to operate all the controls effectively. This will save your lives, and your kids, if you have them.
as you know I live on a busy road and I can tell you that the looney drivers and the texters/phone to ear folk are usually, and I mean over 90% of the time, men.
I have never seen a woman, while in the driver's seat, look at her hair, make-up in the mirror.
And for women gawping at shops?
Heaven forbid we should start counting all you fellas twisting your heads backwards a seemingly impossible number of degrees to leer at females!
I've yet to see any woman hanging out of a vehicle window, shouting at people,
'Oi! Darlin'' etc.
Not a great degree of road concentration going on when someone is looking to the side and attempting to strike up a conversation with a passing woman.
And, I have personal experience, espesh in my youth, of men doing this to a massive degree.
Now your dear niece endures it.
If you want to make a point about road safety then by all means do.
But if it turns into a defensive discussion about stereotyping, (Tito hates stereotyping, it's lazy), the important issue, ie: curtailing road deaths, is missed.
I do love you but I think you are silly re: women.