With so many apps, drivers increasingly use their cell phones while driving. We strongly recommend and encourage you to avoid talking on the phone or using an app while driving. If you are in a situation where you MUST use your cell phone while driving, here are a few safety tips you should follow:
- Use Hands-Free Devices Whenever Possible: If you have a Bluetooth feature in your car, make sure to use it every single time you need to make a call. Do this without using your fingers to dial a number or choose someone from your contacts. You should be able to just press a button on the steering wheel and say who you want to call and the Bluetooth with dial that number for you! If you don’t have Bluetooth, use the speaker option or headphones. But remember, only one ear bud in at a time!
- Position Your Phone Within Easy Reach: Position your phone so you can easily reach it without taking your eyes off the road. If you receive a call that can wait, you can see who is calling this way and let it go to voicemail.
- During Hazardous Conditions, Avoid Phone Calls: Let the person you are speaking with know you are driving, especially in poor weather conditions.
- Place Calls When You Are Stopped: If you are in a rush and MUST drive while on a hands-free device, dial the number before you put the car in drive or when you are stopped. Avoid dialing a number or choosing from a contact list while you are driving. This takes your eyes off the road for longer than you think!
- Do Not Engage in Stressful Conversations While Driving: Try to avoid engaging in stressful or emotional conversations that may be distracting. Save it for when you are able to pay attention to the call and instead, pay attention to the road.
- Use Your Phone to Call for Help: Dial 911 in emergencies such as a traffic accident, road hazard or medical emergency.
Please do not EVER use your phone while driving and always take the proper precautions first if you MUST talk on the phone while driving. Hands-free is almost always available!
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