of the millions of wireless phones
in The United States are used in motor vehicles. With a cell phone in the car
you can call for help or report a dangerous situation.
If you drive with a cell phone, avoid unnecessary calls and always make
the driving task your top priority. Here are a few basic safety tips from the
Hubbard Township Police:
your seat-belt and place all ten fingers on the steering wheel. Wrap them firmly
around it, positioned at "10 and 2 o'clock" and keep them there while
how to operate your phone without looking at it. Memorize the location of all
the controls, so you can press the buttons you need without ever taking your
eyes off the road.
your phone is new, practise using it and the voice mail while your car is
stopped. Practice will make you feel more comfortable - and safe - using it when
you are on the road.
hands-free unit lets you keep both hands on the wheel while you talk on the
phone. Attach the microphone to the visor just above your line of vision, so you
can keep your eyes on the road. You can then talk on the phone as if you were
talking to a passenger.
get so wrapped up in a conversation that you drift into the other lane. Pull
into the right-hand lane while talking, so you only have to worry about traffic
to the left.
frequently called numbers and your local emergency number into the speed dial
feature of your phone for easy, one-touch dialing. When available, use auto
answer or voice-activated dialing.
you must dial manually, do so only when stopped. Pull off the road, or better
yet have a passenger dial for you.
your voice mail pick up your calls in tricky driving situations. It's easy to
retrieve your messages later on.
conversations brief so you can concentrate on your driving. If a long discussion
is required, if the topic is stressful or emotional, or if driving becomes
hazardous, end your call and continue when you're not in traffic.
sure your phone is securely in its holder when you are not using it. That way it
won't pop out and distract you when you are driving.
you need to take something down, use a tape recorder or pull off the road. If
you have an electronic scratch pad on your phone, use it to record numbers while
you are talking.
enables you to report crimes, life-threatening emergencies, collisions or drunk
in the right will not save you from a crash. You must be prepared for the unsafe
actions of other motorists or for poor driving conditions.
The Hubbard Township
Police Department recommends against using cell phones while driving. It is
distracting and increases the risk of collision. Your primary concern is the
safe operation of the vehicle.
To avoid collisions arising from the use of cell phones:
If for some reason you have no alternative but to use a cellular phone while driving, here are some tips: