Wireless devices are one of the best safety tools drivers can have on the road. Everyday more than 290,000 calls are made from wireless devices to 911 or other emergency services. More Americans are using their wireless device to report emergencies, prevent crimes and to save lives. But, when it comes to using your wireless device behind the wheel, it’s important to remember safety always comes first and should be every driver’s top priority.
If it is necessary to use a wireless device while driving, the wireless industry encourages drivers to follow some basic do’s and don’ts to ensure that a wireless device doesn’t become a distraction.
- Be responsible behind the wheel…Don’t Text and Drive!
- Get to know your wireless device and its features such as speed dial and redial.
- Position your wireless device within easy reach.
- Dial sensibly and assess the traffic; place calls when you are not moving.
- Let the person you are speaking with know you are driving; if necessary suspend the call in heavy traffic or hazardous weather conditions.
- Do not take notes or look up phone numbers while driving.
- Use a hands-free device for convenience and comfort.
- Do not engage in stressful or emotional conversations that might divert your attention from the road.
- Dial 911 or other local emergency numbers to report serious emergencies – it’s free from your wireless phone.
- Use your wireless phone to help others in emergencies.
- Call roadside assistance or a special non-emergency wireless number when necessary.
Tips provided by CTIA – the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry