The safest way to use your cellphone while driving is simple – do not do it.
Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous behaviors because it involves three types of distraction at the same time. You look away from the road, use your hands to type a message, and think about what you are reading or writing.
Many mobile devices now include voice-activated features and other hands-free options. These may seem safe, but they are not. When you talk on a cellphone while driving, regardless of whether the phone is handheld or hands-free, you experience slower reaction times because your mind is on your phone conversation, not on your surroundings.
Using a cellphone while driving is also illegal in many places. In 44 states, text messaging is banned for all drivers, and in 12 states, all drivers are prohibited from using handheld cellphones while driving. Indiana is one of those states as of July 1, 2020.
Although using a cellphone while driving is dangerous, having a cellphone in your vehicle is an important safety measure. If you experience vehicle trouble, witness an accident, or encounter another emergency situation, you can use a cellphone to call for help – but make sure you do so safely.
Remember, your cellphone is a valuable tool, but it is important to make sure you do not create hazards for yourself and others by using it behind the wheel.
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