If you’re looking at your phone, you can’t see the road.
Checking your phone at a red light may seem harmless, but the truth is using an electronic device behind the wheel is a dangerous distraction. Even when stopped, it affects your situational awareness. You’re five times more likely to crash if you’re using your hand-held phone.
Tips for safe cellphone use
No call, text or email is so important it’s worth risking your life. Let calls go to voicemail and ignore your text messages while driving.
Turn it off and put it out of sight to avoid the temptation to check your phone.
Assign a designated texter. Ask your passengers to make or receive calls and texts for you.
Pull over to make or receive a call when it’s safe to do so. For longer journeys, look for signs at highway rest areas, some of which now provide free Wi-Fi.
Choose to activate ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ feature, coming soon for iPhone users.
Learn the rules of the road
Don’t use your cellphone at a red light. The law applies whenever you’re in control of the vehicle, whether stopped at a red light or in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Keep your hands off. Hands-free means a Bluetooth, wired headset or speakerphone that can be operated with one touch or voice commands. Make sure to secure the cellphone to the vehicle or attach it on your body before driving.
If you have a Learner’s (L) or Novice (N) licence, you aren’t allowed to use any electronic device behind the wheel, for any purpose, evenin hands-free mode.