Leave your phone alone. No call or text is worth risking your life or others. Let calls go to voicemail and ignore your text messages while driving. Remember using a phone at a stop light is still prohibited.
- Pull over to make or receive a call. If you have to take a call, pull over if it’s safe to do so or use your phone in hands-free mode; stay focused on the road and keep the conversation brief.
- Plan to avoid distraction. Turn your cell phone off or place it in the trunk of your car so you won’t be tempted to talk, email or text when you’re on the road.
- Assign a designated texter. Ask your passengers to make or receive calls and texts for you.
- Keep your hands off. Hands-free means a Bluetooth or wired headset or speakerphone. If you’re using a headset or headphones, remember that drivers can only wear them in one ear. Motorcyclists however, can use 2 earphones while riding.
- New driver? If you have a Learners or Novice licence, you aren’t allowed to use any electronic device behind the wheel, including hands-free headsets or speakerphones.
- Law enforcement. Police officers and emergency responders are the only drivers permitted to use mobile devices behind the wheel.
Check the facts. Make sure you understand the law, review the facts about distracted driving and learn the rules around using your mobile device in a vehicle.