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SAFETY MONTH: Cell Phone Safety for REALTORS on the Road

Wednesday, September 2, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Don’t Dial and Drive Cell Phone Safety on the Road


When it comes to cell phone safety, the best tip of all is: Don’t make or accept cell phone calls while you’re driving. This has been proven to be a distraction and, in fact, many states and cities have laws prohibiting using a cell phone while driving. But if you must, and are legally permitted to use your phone while driving, follow these for best safety practices:


  • Keep your hands on the wheel, not on your phone.
  • Keep your eyes on the road. Learn how to operate your phone without looking at it. Memorize the location of all the controls, so you can press the buttons you need without ever taking your eyes off the road.
  • Practice off-road. If your phone is new, practice using it—including the voice mail system—before you use it while driving.
  • Use a hands-free unit. A hands-free unit lets you keep both hands on the wheel while you talk on the phone. Attach the microphone to the visor just above your line of vision, so you can keep your eyes on the road.
  • Stay in your lane. Don't get so wrapped up in a conversation that you drift into the other lane. Pull into the right-hand lane while talking, so you only have to worry about traffic to the left.
  • Use speed dialing. Program frequently called numbers and your local emergency number into the speed dial feature of your phone for easy, one-touch dialing. When available, use auto answer or voice-activated dialing.
  • Never dial while driving. If you must dial manually, do so only when stopped. Pull off the road, or have a passenger dial for you.
  • Take a message. Let your voice mail pick up your calls in tricky driving situations. It's easy to retrieve your messages later on.
  • Know when to stop talking. Keep phone conversations brief so you can concentrate on your driving. If a long discussion is required, if the topic is stressful or emotional, or if driving becomes hazardous, end your call and continue when you're not in traffic.
  • Know when to pull over. If you need to make a call or answer an incoming call that requires your attention, stop driving. Pull over in a safe and convenient location before taking your eyes off the road.
  • Keep the phone in its holder. Make sure your phone is securely in its holder when you’re not using it.
  • Don't take notes while driving. If you need to jot something down, pull off the road.

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