Talking on a cell phone while driving = four times more likely to get into an accident.

Use of hand-held devices while driving is illegal in Ontario (in fact it comes with a hefty fine and to add insult to injury, we still even see police officers, driving and talking on their blackberrys and iphone).
This includes talking on hand-held cell phones, texting, e-mailing and using hand-held electronic entertainment devices such as iPods and PlayStation Portables. A factor in up to 80% of vehicle collisions in North America, it’s important to obey the law! We are in an age where insurance premiums are rising and getting into an accident because you are distracted is not fair to anyone – especially the people you hit.

Tips to avoid driver distraction:

Avoid intense, complicated or emotional conversations when driving – This can be tough but make an effort to pull over and/or continue the conversation at a later time – both parties can benefit from the break…

Pull over to care for children – another tough one but it is a wise idea. Remember, it really doesn’t matter if you are a few minutes late – that one minute can save you and your kids..
Adjust your seat, climate controls and other devices before pulling out – thank goodness for automatic controls 🙂 – if you don’t have them, then try to set them prior to pulling out…
Ask your passengers to help navigate or adjust controls – this is great practice for articulating your thoughts and communication with others…
If you feel sleepy, find a safe place to pull over and rest – i have done this before and it definitely helps!
Turn off your cell phone or pull over in a safe place if you must take a call – or bluetooth…
Stop to eat or drink – you can use the 5 minute break…trust me.
Read maps, and check traffic and exits before you leave so you’re prepared  – by having an idea as to where you are going, you can get there quicker and once you are in the general vicinity, you can look up the specific location
Teach teens to limit distractions while driving.
Source Insurance Bureau of Canada

Did you know?

Talking on cell phones (hand-held or hands-free) while driving makes you four times more likely to crash. If you text

while driving, you are just as impaired as someone with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .125 (the legal limit is .08).

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