Mobile phones give us the powerful ability to communicate by voice – with the boss, with a client, with the kids, with emergency personnel or even the police, while in the car. A mobile phone can be an invaluable tool on the road, but good judgement must be exercised at all times while driving — whether on the phone or not.
Along with the clarity and convenience of using a wireless phone on the road, comes an important responsibility: remembering to be a safe and responsible driver, first and foremost.
MTIA urges all mobile phone users to join our commitment to wireless responsibility by following these simple tips:
- Get to know your mobile phone and its features, such as speed dial and redial, voice mail and text messaging. Take advantage of these valuable features most wireless phones offer.
- Use a hands-free device while driving so you can focus your attention on safety.
- Position your phone within easy reach and refrain from taking notes or looking up phone numbers while driving.
- Dial sensibly and assess the traffic; if possible, place calls when your vehicle is not moving. As a driver, your first responsibility is to pay attention to the road.
In addition to using your mobile phone safely and responsibly in the car, please be respectful of others in all situations.
- Speak in your regular conversational voice. Speaking loudly may distract those around you.
- Use your vibrate function or turn off your phone in public places such as restaurants, movie theaters, church, etc.
- Avoid interrupting meetings, social gatherings and personal conversations by answering your wireless phone or checking your voicemail.
- Be a mobile Samaritan. More than 100,000 calls each day are made in the United States to 911 and other emergency numbers by wireless phone users to report crimes and potentially life-threatening emergencies and accidents.
For more information about using a wireless phone responsibly, visit www.ctia.org.