I have never owned a car, and don't intend to, though I drive from time to time. People who drive like it's a right really should examine their driving habits. Laws need to be made to protect drivers and pedestrians/bicyclists. Not clamping down on headphones (not music), eating, cigarettes, etc., is incompetence at the law-making level and carelessness by governments. Making excuses is obviously a pride point; 'don't tell me what to do!', 'you don't know anything about how good I am!', etc., are responses that largely indicate poor driving simply because a good driver would be open to criticism and want to change in order to further safety.
I like to be as aware of my surroundings as possible. All mirrors are used, music is never turned up too loud and I rarely if ever look at anyone else in my car when talking.
Following many drivers, watching them as they keep turning their heads to be sure to make eye-contact with their passengers as they are deep in expressive conversation, always floors me. Have eye-contact with the road, not your guest.
This morning I passed someone with a cigarette in one hand and a can of coke in the other.
Bad drivers, drivers that can not drive well or make very bad decisions are made much worse by distractions. Good drivers have their driving abilities compromised by distractions.
I don't think most people can drive well. I don't think most people can handle shutting off their ears to what is around them.
There are too many distractions already. It's foolish to add to them.