Cell phone driving seems antithetical to the idea of taking a fun road trip. (Isn't the point of a vacation to get away from it all?)
But we realize that in everyday life, many people rely on their cell phones and have legitimate reasons for wanting to talk and drive. For example, it's amazing how many conference calls nowadays include at least one participant who's dialing in from their car.
Nevertheless, we've all shared the road with drivers who are veering, not maintaining a proper speed, and making careless lane changes because they're holding a phone to their ear as they drive. So, let's look at how you can take care of business without getting a ticket or causing an accident.
The first thing you'll want to do is find out whether it's even legal to hold a cell phone to your ear while driving.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), eight states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington), as well as Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands, had banned handheld cell phones during driving as of November 2010.
Many other states ban all cell phone use by novice drivers and school bus drivers.
There are a few things you can do to avoid the legal and safety hazards of talking while driving:
As you can see, it's not difficult to talk safely on your cell phone while driving without breaking the law. Use these tips to get the most out of your next car phone conversation.