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Driving can be difficult enough when you concentrate completely on the road. Driving a car while you dial a phone or balance it to your ear can be distracting and potentially dangerous to you and everyone else on the road.
Ideally, you should never take or make calls while you are driving. Safe driving is your first priority.
If a cellular phone in your vehicle is a must, use a hands-free microphone as an option. If your cellphone is mounted in your vehicle, place it high enough that when you use it, it's in your peripheral vision and you can still keep your eyes on the road.
Familiarize yourself with all the functions of your phone so you are comfortable operating it if you must while you are driving.
Program frequently called numbers and use speed dial. Please don't forget to program numbers for emergencies such as 9-1-1 or CAA.
The best thing to do if you are on the road and need to take or make a phone call, especially in heavy traffic, is to pull over to a safe place and stop your vehicle. If traffic conditions become challenging, remember that it is OK to miss a call or allow the answering service system to take a message.
If you are concentrating on a phone call, your inattention to the road will increase your reaction time. It is a good idea to decrease your speed. Stay in the slow traffic lane and increase the distance from the car ahead of you.
No motorist should take written notes while driving. Remember to obey all traffic signs and observe posted speed limits.
Driving safely must take precedence over phone calls, and when on the road, you should concentrate on safe and defensive driving and not on making phone calls.