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Driving with a cell phone number dials disaster

A study released in February 1997 by the New England Journal of Medicine might make you put some distance between yourself and drivers busy talking on their cell phone numbers.

University of Toronto researchers discovered:

  • Cell phone users were four to five times more likely to have crashes than non-users.
  • Cell phone number units that allow the hands to be free offer no safety advantage over hand-held units.

The main factor in most motor vehicle collisions is driver inattentiveness.

Be cell phone number savvy

While convenient, using cell phone number while driving can be hazardous. The American Automobile Association offers these tips:

  • Make sure your phone number is mounted where you can easily reach it while driving. The phone number should be within comfortable reach in your usual driving position and as possible to your line of vision.
  • Know all the operations of your cellular phone number and learn to use it without looking.
  • Keep your attention on the road by programming frequently called numbers into the phone number's memory to minimize dialing.
  • Dial sensibly. Wait for a stoplight, pull off the road to dial or ask a passenger to dial for you.
  • Don't use your cellular phone number in distracting traffic situations. Pull off the road to make a call.
  • Be carefull about where you stop to make calls.
  • When calling 9-1-1 to report an emergency, be prepared to provide the closest major cross streets or off-ramps, and know yur cellular phone number number.
  • Use your voice mail to take calls or leave yourself messages. Never take notes ehile driving.
  • Disconnect your cellular phone number when using jumper cables; the power surge could burn out you phone number.

A few states actually regulate cell phone number use, including California, Florida, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Minnesota. Oklahoma and Minnesota require to include cell phone number information in accident reports. Several countries prohibit cell phone number use while driving including England, Switzerland, Spain, Australia and Italy.

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