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Dial sensibly and assess the traffic.
If possible, place calls when you are
not moving or before pulling into
traffic. Try to plan your calls before
you begin your trip, or attempt to co-
incide your calls with times you may
be stopped at a stop sign, red light or
otherwise stationary. But if you need
to dial while driving, follow this sim-
ple tip – dial only a few numbers,
check the road and your mirrors,
Do not engage in stressful or emotional
conversations that may be distracting.
Stressful or emotional conversations
and driving do not mix – they are dis-
tracting and even dangerous when
you are behind the wheel. Make peo-
ple you are talking with aware you
are driving and if necessary, suspend
phone conversations that have the
potential to divert your attention
from the road.
Use your phone to call for help.
Your wireless phone is one of the
greatest tools you can own to pro-
tect yourself and your family in dan-
gerous situations – with your phone
at your side, help is only three num-
bers away. Dial 9-1-1 in the case of
fire, traffic accident, road hazard, or
medical emergency. Remember, it is
a free call on your wireless phone.
Ten driving safety tips
Use your phone to help others
Your wireless phone provides you a
perfect opportunity to be a "good
Samaritan" in your community. If
you see an auto accident, crime in
progress or other serious emergen-
cies where lives are in danger, call
9-1-1, as you would want others to
do for you.
Call roadside assistance or a special
wireless non-emergency assistance
number when necessary.
Certain situations you encounter
while driving may require attention,
but are not urgent enough to merit a
call to 9-1-1. But you can still use
your wireless phone to lend a hand.
If you see a broken-down vehicle
posing no serious hazard, a broken
traffic signal, a minor traffic accident
where no one appears injured, or a
vehicle you know to be stolen, call
roadside assistance or other special
non-emergency wireless numbers.
"The wireless industry reminds you to
use your phone safely when driving."
For more information, please call
1 (888) 901-SAFE, or visit our Web site
Provided by the Cellular Telecommunica-
tions Industry Association (CTIA)