Dangers of Using Your Cell Phone While Driving

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There has been great effort to hammer into drivers’ heads the dangers of using your cell phone while driving. Insurance companies, businesses and corporations, private non-profit safety organizations, and cell phone manufacturers and wireless providers have all made valiant efforts to publicize the risks associated with distractions associated with cellular technology. Taking your eyes off the road for any amount of time can result in unfortunate incidents that do in fact happen.

Dangers of Using a Cell Phone While Driving

  • Texting while driving can delay your reactions as much as having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .8 which is the equivalent of drunk driving.
  • Texting takes our eyes off of the road for an average of 5 seconds which is long enough to travel the length of a football field at 55mph. Most crashes happen with less than 3 second’s reaction time.

Tips for Driving Safer with Cell Phones

  1. Refrain from talking on a cell phone while you are actively driving.
  2. If you need to answer a call or make one, try and pull off the road into a safe parking area.
  3. Make sure your phone is within easy reach, not in the glove compartment or a purse where you might have to dig for it.
  4. Use a hand’s free device like a Bluetooth headset or earpiece that allows you to talk while both hands remain on the wheel.
  5. DO NOT send a text message, IM or try and read incoming messages while driving.
  6. Shop for the latest models of phones that feature voice activated dialing and speed dialing.
  7. Use your cell phone only in the event of an emergency in which you need help or someone else needs help.
  8. If you simply cannot resist the urge to apply safe cell phone use while you are operating a motor vehicle, remove temptation by placing your phone in the trunk or inaccessible compartment.

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