Most provinces prohibit the use of hand held cell phones and text messaging while driving.
While your workers likely want to be accessible at all times, even when they are on the road, it’s important to remind them to avoid being distracted while driving. This especially means they need to avoid the improper use of their cell phones.
The Canada Safety Council offers these suggestions on staying safe behind the wheel while managing cell phone use.
- Keep your hands on the wheel. Hold the wheel at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions.
- Use a hands-free model. But still keep your conversation short, since talking can be a distraction.
- Stay in your lane. Don’t drift into another lane while talking on your phone.
- Use voice or speed dialing. This requires less handling of the phone.
- Never dial while driving. Dial manually only when stopped.
- Never text message while driving. Pull over if you need to respond to a text message.
- Take a message. Let your voice mail answer you calls.
- Know when to stop talking. Keep conversations brief.
- Keep the phone in its holder. Make sure your phone is securely in place.
- Don’t take notes while driving. Pull off the road if you need to write.
- Be a wireless samaritan. Use your phone to report crimes and emergencies.
- Drive defensively. Be prepared for unexpected actions by other drivers, as well as changing driving conditions.