Wireless is all about keeping us connected. But when it comes to using wireless devices while you’re driving, there is one simple rule everyone needs to remember – Safety always comes first!
Every driver faces distractions. Some eat drive-through dinners, some adjust the radio or mp3 player, and others try to manage kids or pets in the back seat. But, research shows that these “simple” everyday tasks cause the most distracted driving incidents on the road. A study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Safety Institute found that drowsiness and fatigue are the leading causes of distracted driver accidents. However, it is important to note that the study also revealed that manually dialing or texting on a wireless device greatly increased one’s risk of having an accident. That’s why it is important to recognize and minimize all the things that can distract you from your primary responsibility – driving safely.
Never Forget: Your Wireless Phone Can be a Lifesaver
Every day, wireless users make more than 290,000 calls to 9-1-1 and other emergency services—that’s approximately 200 calls per minute. In many emergencies it is the most powerful tool you have to help yourself or others, and it’s free from your wireless phone.
What You Can Do
Do not let your wireless phone be a distraction when you’re driving. Take to heart some of these basic do’s and don’ts, and you’ll be prepared regarding cellphone usage while in the car:
- Don’t text and drive!
- Do keep conversations brief if you believe a phone conversation while you’re driving can’t wait.
- Don’t engage in stressful or emotional conversations that may divert your attention from the road.
- Do let the person you are speaking with know you are driving, and if necessary, immediately suspend the call in heavy traffic or hazardous weather conditions.
- Don’t take notes or look up phone numbers while driving.
- Do keep your wireless phone within easy reach, for use in case of emergency.
- Don’t place calls when you are moving or pulling into traffic.
- Do understand your wireless phone and its features such as speed dial and redial before you get behind the wheel.