Although it’s against traffic law to use cell phones while driving, today, drivers increasingly use their cell phones in the car. While it’s recommend that you avoid talking on the phone while driving, we recognize it may be unavoidable at times. If you must use your cell phone while driving, here are a few cell phone safety tips to follow.
Get To Know Your Cell Phone And Its Features, Such As Speed Dial And Redial
This feature is on every cell phone and there for a reason so use it. Also, work to memorize the phone keypad so you can use the speed dial function without taking your attention off the road.
When Available, Use A Hands-Free Device
A number of hands-free cell phone accessories are readily available today. Whether you choose an installed mounted device for your cell phone or a speaker phone accessory, take advantage of these devices if available to you.
Position Your Cell Phone Within Reach
Place your cell phone within easy reach and where you can grab it without taking your eyes off of the road. If you receive a call at an inconvenient time, if possible, let your voice mail answer it for you. Voice mail is another useful feature our phones provide but most Nigerians don’t use it.
Suspend Phone Conversations During Hazardous Driving Conditions Or Situations
Let the person you are speaking with know you are driving. If necessary, suspend the call in heavy traffic or hazardous weather conditions. Heavy rain and fog can be hazardous, but heavy traffic can be just as dangerous. As a driver, your first responsibility is to pay attention to the road.
Do Not Take Notes Or Look Up Numbers While Driving
If you are reading an address book or business card, or writing a “to do” list while driving a car, you are not watching where you are going. It’s common sense. Don’t get caught in a dangerous situation because you’re reading or writing and not paying attention to the road or nearby vehicles.
Do Not Engage In Stressful Or Emotional Conversations That May Be Distracting
Stressful or emotional conversations and driving do not mix — they are distracting and even dangerous when you’re behind the wheel of a car. Make people you are talking with aware you are driving and, if necessary, suspend conversations which have the potential to divert your attention from the road.
There are many phone Apps. useful for drivers to make or receive calls while driving. Go to your App. store to browse through, I’m sure you will find something great. Drive safe.