Studies show that a driver using a mobile phone is four times more likely to be in an accident than a driver focused on the road. In particular, dialling and texting carry the highest degree of risk for all mobile phone-related activities.
Almost all provinces and territories in Canada have prohibited hand-held devices while driving, and/or have laws against distracted driving.
These laws make it illegal for drivers to talk, text or e-mail using hand-held mobile phones and other hand-held communication devices. The use of hands-free communication devices is still permitted for most drivers across the country.
If your phone rings while you are driving, allow it to be answered by voicemail. If you’re travelling with a passenger, have them receive or make any phone calls. If you absolutely must use the phone while driving alone, use a hands-free communication device. There is a wide variety of devices available on the market today, from Bluetooth headsets to hands-free car kits.
Even when using a hands-free communication device, talking on the phone is a distraction, so ensure that you do it safely. Consider moving out of the flow of traffic to a safe place before you make or receive a call. Under no circumstances should you ever read or send text or e-mail messages while driving.
Remember, no phone call or text message is worth putting your safety and that of those around you at risk.