Being able to make a quick phone call on the way to work or send a text is a great way to save time. Take for example you have several Valentine destination ideas in mind and you are wanting to set up hotel reservations, so you use your smartphone on the way to work to book a room. This is an excellent way to go over Valentine’s Day destination ideas without your sweetheart around, which is sure to enhance the surprise. What many people fail to realize, though, is that using the phone while driving is very unsafe. Even if it is something as simple as checking a text without sending a reply, taking your eyes off the road for even a split second can lead to disastrous results. Fortunately, though, there are several tips that all drivers can follow to improve their safety while communicating in the car. If you have found yourself with a traffic ticket for cell phone use in the car, you will definitely want to take advantage of an NYS defensive driving course. For now, let’s take a quick look at several tips for driving safely while communicating in the car.
Sync Your Phone with Your Car’s Bluetooth
Most newer cars, and even some of the ones that are more than a decade old, have Bluetooth communication capabilities. By syncing your cell phone with your car’s Bluetooth, you can easily take advantage of hands-free communication tools, including the ability to make and receive phone calls. Some cars even provide hands-free texting options. Just imagine being able to call a hotel and book a room, as well as send a text to your sweetheart telling her not to make plans for Valentine’s Day, all without ever having to take your hands off the wheel. This greatly increases your safety while driving.
Set Your Phone to Driving Mode
Most smartphones have a setting that you can turn on that puts your phone in ‘driving mode,’ meaning it doesn’t alert you when you receive a text message, email, or social media notification. Since you don’t receive any alerts, you are not tempted to take your hands off the wheel to check your smartphone while driving. Instead, when you get to your destination, you can then go into your phone and turn off the driving mode and all your alerts will come through.
Have Your Passenger Do the Texting for You
If you have a text message that you are absolutely needing to check or send, you can always have your passenger check your phone for you. This way, you don’t have to take your phones off the wheel why you are driving.
Use Your Phone’s Assistant Capabilities
Many smartphones come with built-in assistants. iPhones have Siri, while Android phones usually have Google Assistant. If your car doesn’t have Bluetooth capabilities, you can use your phone’s assistant capabilities to make hands-free phone calls as well as send text messages for you.
Pull Over to Make Phone Calls and Send Messages
Lastly, if you have a phone call or text message you need to read or send, and you can’t use Bluetooth or your phone’s assistant capabilities, you can pull over and safely take care of your communication activities. Simply pulling over and making a phone call or sending a text message can be the difference between getting to your destination safely or having an accident. Gas stations and rest stops are excellent places to pull over and make phone calls and check text messages.