As cell phones have become an integral part of our lives, these phones and other electronic devices have also become a leading source of distracted driving. From texting and using apps for navigation, to accessing music, audio books and podcasts, cell phones pose a serious distraction for drivers. The Center for Transportation Safety offers some tips to drivers on how to limit the use of their cell phones while operating their vehicle.
- Abstain from talking on a cell phone while driving.
- In case of an emergency and you need to make a call, pull off on the road to a safe location.
- Position your cell phone within easy to reach and where you can grab it without taking your eyes off the road.
- Use a hands-free device or bluetooth earpiece that allows you to talk while both hands remain on the wheel.
- Suspend conversations during hazardous driving conditions that may distracting.
- Only use your cell phone in case of an emergency or to help others in an emergency.