Car Safety: The Distraction of Cell Phones

Now, let’s talk about cell phones. If you’re an average American, you probably have one and the chances are good that you use it in the car. That isn’t good however. Every day in this country people are killed because a driver was using a cell phone and was distracted from the task of driving. For this very reason, more and more states and cities are making it a crime to use a cell phone while driving. This may seem like an imposition, but if everyone started following the law tomorrow it would increase car safety substantially overnight.

Operating a cell phone is probably more dangerous than eating while driving. Not only are you holding something while you steer, but your thoughts are also somewhere else. You don’t need to concentrate on a french fry, but you do have to concentrate to carry on a conversation. You may have heard or read that it’s fine to use a cell phone while driving if you’re using a hands free setup, but that isn’t true. It may be an improvement to holding the phone to your ear, but any time you’re having a conversation on a cell phone it’s impossible that your full attention is on driving. So just don’t make any calls or answer the phone while driving. It’s very unsafe, and it’s a rare call that’s so important that you can’t wait a few minutes until you can pull over to make it. People got along for centuries without phones, and for a century with regular land lines, but we can’t function if we shut our cell phone off while driving? Have a little perspective!

SHORTCUTS TO CAR SAFETY ARTICLES:

Car Safety And Long Distance Driving
Car Safety And Nighttime Driving
Car Safety And Responsibility For An Accident
Car Safety And Transporting Infants And Children
Car Safety Tips And Highway Driving
Car Safety Tips: Don’t Drink and Drive
Car Safety: Avoiding Drunk Drivers
Car Safety: Distracted Driving Statistics
Car Safety: The Distractions Faced
Car Safety: The Results of Distracted Driving
Music Guidelines to Remain Focused On Driving
Grooming in the Car
Eating and Drinking in the Car
The Distraction of Cell Phones
Car Safety: Defensive Driving
Special Concerns While Driving: Older Drivers
Car Safety: Tailgating
Car Safety: Lane Changing Etiquette
Car Safety: Running Red Lights
Car Safety: Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Car Safety: Road Rage
Be Wary of Playing “The Good Samaritan”
Car Safety: Weather Concerns
Flooding and Snow Concerns While Driving
Practice Safe Driving Habits
Miscellaneous Car Safety Tips