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ozknitter
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Posted - 05/30/2006 :  8:20:47 PM  Show Profile Send ozknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi,

When I drive with my DH I always knit, but when I used to knit in my parents car, my Dad used to really lose it, as he said if he had to slam the brakes on, I could stab myself.

Also got a lift home with somebody the other day and they said the same thing, I thought she was joking and kept knitting, but she said "if you don't put that away, I'm afriad I'm going to have to ask you to get out of the car".

The same thing happened in a taxi I caught and the driver did make me get out of the cab.

Knit in peace and harmony.


Rose in Melbourne, Australia.

blwinteler
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Posted - 05/30/2006 :  8:31:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit blwinteler's Homepage  Send blwinteler a Yahoo! Message Send blwinteler a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That makes sense. But it doesn't stop me from knitting in the car. If I'm not doing something, I get very uncomfortable as I am mildly claustrophobic.

Take care!
Brandy

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kadiddly
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Posted - 05/30/2006 :  8:46:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It does make sense, and it does really bother some people. I tend to not knit in the car (for some reason it makes me motion sick, especially if we're driving in L.A. traffic) unless it is a really long trip (to bf's parents, for instance, a 5-6 hour drive from where we used to live) and I get bored. I will never, ever knit in the car on curvy mountain roads, however. Two years ago, bf and I were in a head-on collision (slow speed, 20mph, and still enough to total his truck!) coming back down the mountain from a hiking trip, and all I could think was "Thank God I didn't have the needles in my hands or I would have gotten impaled!" (They were on the floor of the truck at the time.)

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mokey
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Posted - 05/30/2006 :  9:22:21 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Check your provincial/state traffic laws. I know that in Slovakia it is illegal. While it is not ilegal here, I don't knit in the front seat due to air bags, and I rarely if ever knit in the back.

I tell all passengers in my car no knittingin the front seat, and no knitting in the back if there is a child present.

I used to date a traffic cop so vehicular safety, especially restraints for children, is one of my pet peeves. I won't even bring glass juice bottles into my car! So many people have loose junk all about their vehicles that can cause extra problems in a crash, our beloved knitting needles included.

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roofth
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Posted - 05/30/2006 :  9:36:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit roofth's Homepage  Send roofth a Yahoo! Message Send roofth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Very interesting!! I never thought it to be a problem - I usually bring out the knitting if its a long drive (or a road trip). But I can see how it can be potentially dangerous.

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crzyboutyarn
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Posted - 05/30/2006 :  10:05:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit crzyboutyarn's Homepage Send crzyboutyarn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The same thought crosses my mind, but I still knit in the car, it doenst bother me.

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denmark
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Posted - 05/31/2006 :  12:59:30 AM  Show Profile Send denmark a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Think airbags...after seeing DH's bloodied face, from where the sheer force of the activated airbag took a layer of skin off, I sure wouldn't want to put a knitting needle between me and any airbag! Can you say impaled? No thanks!
Beth
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gwtreece
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Posted - 05/31/2006 :  05:13:10 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had never thought about the airbag issue before.

Along the same issue, I was very surprised when I moved to Arkansas that the seat belt law applies only to the front seats. If you are an adult in the backseat, you do not have to wear your seatbelt. I couldn't believe it!

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Old Knitter
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Posted - 05/31/2006 :  05:23:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit Old Knitter's Homepage Send Old Knitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I always knit in the car.....and worse.....I tend to hold my knitting high. It's almost like I'm asking "for a poke in the eye with a sharp stick".

Holly

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chellethinques
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Posted - 05/31/2006 :  05:35:51 AM  Show Profile Send chellethinques a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If you've ever been hit by an airbag, you'd think twice! I know some people think, "Oh, I'd just drop the knitting," but it happens in a split second.
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YarnGoddess
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Posted - 05/31/2006 :  05:43:23 AM  Show Profile Send YarnGoddess a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'll knit on a long road trip (I have one to Charlotte and back this weekend), but I put it away when going through heavy traffic, or through the mountains, of if the weather turns nasty.

Alabama requires seat belt usage in the front and back seats, but you can only be ticketed for not using them if you're being ticketed for some other traffic violation.

Elizabeth
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CPAknit
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Posted - 05/31/2006 :  06:00:46 AM  Show Profile Send CPAknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I guess if I'm gonna go- I'd rather be knitting when it happens!

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kbshee
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Posted - 05/31/2006 :  06:29:16 AM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I knit in the car, but like Elizabeth I'm selective: I tend to do it on long stretches of straight road. I'm not a risk taking person, so maybe this is how any risk taking I have inside me manifests itself!

kim in oregon
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koolsheep
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Posted - 05/31/2006 :  07:25:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit koolsheep's Homepage Send koolsheep a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use circulars. That should be pretty safe, I think. I can see where regular knitting needles would be really bad in a crash though.

Karen
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Dicksie
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Posted - 05/31/2006 :  09:39:36 AM  Show Profile Send Dicksie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If we're going out of town, I always have my knitting (circs) along. Never thought of it being hazardous to my well-being. I'd be fast asleep before we cleared the city limits without it. I don't knit on rough or curvy roads, but that's because it's awkward to knit. I confess, it never occurred to me that it could be dangerous. I met a woman at a workshop who knit while she was DRIVING - I didn't pursue the topic.
Dicksie

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Knitrageous
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Posted - 05/31/2006 :  09:45:40 AM  Show Profile  Visit Knitrageous's Homepage Send Knitrageous a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I knit while in the car. Didn't really think about it. Hmmmm...

~~~~Jamye

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kdcrowley
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Posted - 05/31/2006 :  10:15:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit kdcrowley's Homepage Send kdcrowley a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would knit in the car, but I tend to pick it up and put it down.

Sounds like a story for Mythbusters.....I think I will send this one to them. Post your interest so that they will do it.


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Momma78239
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Posted - 05/31/2006 :  10:20:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit Momma78239's Homepage  Send Momma78239 a Yahoo! Message Send Momma78239 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It depends how you hold the needles. If you somehow knit with the needles at a nearly perpendicular angle to your body, then yes, they'd impale you in an accident. If, however, the needles are roughly parallel, to your body, they'll hit you on their sides - not impaling you.

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Jenknitter
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Posted - 05/31/2006 :  10:28:34 AM  Show Profile Send Jenknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It is better for me to knit than watch my DH driving sometimes.

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Knitrageous
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Posted - 05/31/2006 :  10:31:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit Knitrageous's Homepage Send Knitrageous a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ditto on that Jenknitter!

~~~~Jamye

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Erinplus3
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USA
189 Posts

Posted - 05/31/2006 :  10:57:31 AM  Show Profile Send Erinplus3 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I knit a lot in the car when DH is driving and one time DH had to stop suddenly and I was knitting with 3s and I got really freaked out. When we stopped, the needles ended up pointing at my chest. I remember saying that I could really hurt myself if we were in a real accident and I was knitting. I think I quit knitting in the car for a few weeks after that, but I guess the fear wore off.

Now I pretty much only knit in the car with projects using larger needles. I know it's probably a psychological thing, but I use mostly Addis and the smaller sizes (4 and under) are much pointier than the larger sizes. I guess I feel like I'm more likely in danger of a puncture wound with a pointier needle. [whatever]
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