Cell phone usage is just part of our culture and one of the most frequently used method of communication.
Along with our dependence on cell phones, is the danger of distracted driving caused by cell phone use.
You should have a clear understanding of the company’s cell phone policy before getting behind the wheel. The safest option is to not use cell phones, even when using a hands-free device.
Tips to assist you in safer cell phone use:
• Know the company’s cell phone policy and follow it
• Phones used for GPS should be set up before beginning the trip and mounted properly to avoid the distraction of reaching/looking for a phone
• A hands-free device may be used, if approved by the employer, and no more than one button needs to be pushed for accessing
• Use voice activation when dialing a number
• All actions used on the phone should be hands-free
• Set up automatic reply messages to let callers know when driving is taking place and that calls will be returned as soon as possible once you are no longer driving
Actions to avoid:
• Do not take a call if hands-free is not available/pull over to have the conversation or let it go to voicemail
• Minimize lengthy conversations while driving to limit distraction
• Do not re-route or look up a new destination while driving/pull over or exit in a safe area to do so
In general, avoiding cell phone use while driving is the safest option. Refer to the employer’s policy before using a cell phone (including hands-free) while driving.