The Legal Way to Talk on a Cell Phone While Driving
Monday, October 21, 2013
In our fast paced society, being business oriented and keeping in touch with family and friends is handled mostly by cell phone. Time that was once wasted sitting in the car can now be put to use by making important calls. The downside to this is that people are doing it while sitting in the driver’s seat instead of the passenger’s seat. This puts the driver, passengers, and everyone else on the road at risk. There are a growing number of traffic accidents that are caused by drivers using cell phones in one way or another. It is estimated that there are 1.6 million traffic accidents each year that are caused by drivers using cell phones, with many of these statistics attributed to texting. Unfortunately, this statistic is not enough to prevent drivers from using their cell phones when they are behind the wheel.
Here are a few ways to drive safely while using your phone:
- Invest in a hands-free device: There are bluetooth headsets, bluetooth car kits, bluetooth speakers, and ear bud headsets with a cord. Many of today’s cars also have bluetooth capability built in so there is no need for additional purchases. These hands-free devices will allow you to keep both hands on the wheel and your head in the upright and alert position.
- Stop your vehicle to make a call: Either pull off the road or place your call before you begin driving. This will eliminate the need to look at your phone while you are driving.
- Voice-activated apps: Look into a voice-activated application for your phone. There are plenty of free applications on the market for the iPhone as well as for Androids. This will allow you to send and receive calls or listen to your messages without touching your phone.
Safety should be your number one priority on the road. It only takes a second for something to go wrong. Too many people are hurt or killed each year due to cell phone use in the car. Be smart. Take safety precautions before it is too late.