Cell Phone Safety
Who’s at risk?
Drivers who use cell phones have a higher risk of collision than drivers who don't. Research shows that drivers actively involved in cell phone conversations experience slower reaction times and miss traffic signals. Driving can be significantly impaired with both hands-free and hand-held phones.
If you’re a cell phone user, you can reduce your risk. Here’s how:
- Pull over to the side of the road before beginning a cell phone conversation, or wait until you reach your destination. The safest time to use a cell phone while driving is when stopped.
- If you must use a cell phone while driving:
- Keep both hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road; remember that safe driving is the priority.
Assess the current traffic situation before making or receiving any calls. Do not answer or dial the phone when driving in hazardous conditions, such as at high speeds or in bad weather. Become familiar with how to use the phone. Read the manual and know how to use the available features. Program frequently-dialed numbers into the speed dial feature, so you need to press only a few buttons to make a call. New drivers face higher crash risks as they are learning to drive. It’s recommended that teenage drivers do not use cell phones while driving during their graduated licensing period.
Content used with permission from the National Safety Council, a membership organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health.
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This content was last modified on: 08/11/2008