Mobile safety tips from Vodafone and AA Ireland
Most people appreciate the advantages of having their mobile phone with them in the car. Mobiles provide safety and security, especially when out alone or at night. But using a hand-held phone while driving is distracting and can be very dangerous.
So we've teamed up with AA Ireland to give you a few tips on mobile phones and car etiquette. Just follow this simple advice and you can stay in touch on the move in complete safety.
Using your mobile safely on the road:
Never use a hand-held phone while driving.
It can be dangerous.
Don't dial and drive.
If you need to ring someone, pull over first. You can't keep an eye on the road and the keypad at the same time.
Save the call until later.
Use your Voicemail service to save calls until later, when you've parked or finished the journey. It's easy to use and a great way to ensure you won't miss any important messages.
If in doubt pull over.
Hands-free devices may be better than holding the phone in your hand but the call itself can still be distracting. You should still take the time to stop the car safely.
Never try to use text, picture or internet services while driving.
Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.
Avoid stressful calls.
A difficult call is distracting even with a hands-free device. Explain that you are driving and you'll call back.
Never try to take down notes or phone numbers.
Lack of concentration even for a brief period, is dangerous and you could be breaking the law. At 50Km/h, a car will travel 14 metres in just one second.