I was planning the trips with my husband Ian and we were talking about using the phone in the car. Whilst getting your passenger to answer calls is a possible solution, many of us are using hands-free car kits that are wired into our car audio systems and sync via Bluetooth to our phones.
"Although legal, these can still be distracting!"
I read a really sad article in the Daily Mail recently which told of a lady who was found guilty of dangerous driving after she killed a motorcyclist in a head-on collision. She had been chatting to a friend, using a legal hands-free car kit, and drifted onto the other side of the road and hit the guy head on. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
There is more and more research being published that says taking a call hands-free can be as distracting as holding the actual phone. It seems that when we're talking to someone on the telephone, hands-free or otherwise, we're subconsciously visualising that person, so are not paying full attention to the road. The longer the call, the less attention we pay as we become more engaged with the conversation.
So be safe this Christmas and don't even answer a call when you're driving; let it go to voicemail whether you have a hands-free car kit or not. Pull over safely then call them back when you know you won't cause an accident.
I had a successful 20-year career as an office manager and personal assistant; however, my job was no longer focused on the customers and became all about the numbers. My customer-focused background began when I was 12 in my father's independent carpet showroom. I had a spell with Marks & Spencer before I moved into office-based jobs. I have worked as a training administrator, a PA and PA/office manager in a variety of industries from manufacturing to the IT education sector.
Meanwhile, my husband Ian, a successful Northampton based Master Decorator and owner of Rainbow Frost, was losing out on work due to missed phone calls. When he was busy, callers were getting his voicemail but weren't leaving messages. I knew how to fix that problem!
I quit my job and took on Ian as the first client of The Office Genie in November 2005. Word quickly spread with the second client coming on board just one week later. The majority of our clients since have come to us through word of mouth recommendations and networking referrals. Over the years, I have become well connected in Northampton and Milton Keynes.
Outside of work I enjoy swimming, roller skating, the theatre and my cats and dogs!
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