Cell Phones and Driving Safety Tips
Driving and cell phone conversations require concentration. When doing both at the same time, it's easy to be distracted.
Mobile Meals of Toledo recommends against using a cell phone while driving. Cell phone usage is distracting and increases the risk of collision. Our primary concern is your safety and the safety of others on the road.
To avoid collisions caused by the use of cell phones:
- Turn off your cell phone before you begin driving.
- If there are other passengers in the vehicle, ask someone else to take or place the phone call—or let someone else drive.
- If you must place or receive a call, pull over and park in a safe place.
If you have no alternative to using a cell phone while driving, please observe the following suggestions:
- Remember: Hands-free phone calls are not risk-free. Be sure to connect all hands-free accessories before you begin driving.
- If you must use a hand-held device, place it someone easily accessible while driving, rather than in a briefcase, handbag, or pocket.
- Refrain from answering your cell phone in the car until you verify that it is safe to do so.
- Use speed dial options or pre-programmed numbers when driving.
- While driving, don’t compound distractions by trying to read or take notes while talking on the phone. Pull over and stop.
- Keep calls short and factual. Avoid emotional conversations and arguments while driving.
- Ask callers to let you call them back when you arrive at your destination.
- If you must talk while driving, try to stay in the rightmost lane.
- If you need to report an emergency, pull over and stop. Make certain you are not in the flow of traffic.