Cell phones are great communication tools to carry around with you when you are out and about. You can use them to carry on business, contact friends, or in case of emergencies. However, in many places now, the use of cell phones is not permitted while driving. Even where there is no such law, it is still a dangerous situation.
You need to find other ways to conduct cell phone business while you are out rather than driving down the road talking on the phone. Whether you are answering the cell phone or making a call, there are other ways to accomplish the same thing without putting your life and the lives of others in danger. It is good to get into the habit of using these methods whenever you are driving.
One simple solution is to request that your passenger answer or make calls for you. If your cell phone rings, your passenger can find out for you who is calling and what they want. Then, they can relay any messages you want to tell that person. Also, if you realize that you need to make a call, your passenger may be able to handle it, especially if it is a call to get directions or some other non-personal subject.
However, there may be times that only you can adequately take care of a call. This is often the case with business calls. If you know you will be conducting business during a drive, you may want to ask someone to drive you. Then, you will be free to make all the calls you want and to receive calls that come in for you. If your business is fast-paced, this is a good solution for you.
If you are alone when driving and you feel that you must answer the cell phone or make a call, the best idea is to pull over into a parking lot or to the side of the road before using the cell phone. Then, you can deal with any phone situation without interruption. You can be assured that you will not be putting lives in danger by talking on your cell phone. Then, when you are done, you can get back on the road.
It may not be practical to pull over to answer calls if you get too many of them. That is when using a message taking service can really make a difference. You can ignore your phone while you drive and get your messages when you have safely arrived at your destination. You may even want to turn your cell phone off when you drive. After all, you will not miss any calls because the message taker will get all the information you need to return them.
It is not enough to try to pay attention when you drive while using a cell phone. Sooner or later, you will become too distracted to be safe. It is far better to plan to avoid danger by considering alternate ways to use your cell phone. Think about it ahead of time, and you will be ready when your cell phone rings.
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