Would You Pick the Phone up While You’re Driving?


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Have you ever been in a situation where the phone rings, and you have to pick it up while driving? While this may seem like an easy task, there are actually quite a few things that can go wrong when answering your phone. Would you pick the phone up while you’re driving? Of course, this is something dangerous to do, and we strictly recommend staying off the phone while you’re on the wheels, but in order to better understand the risk, it’s good to know the driving and cell phone use statistics.

Would You Pick the Phone up While You’re Driving?

When writing blog posts for car lovers, one might assume that they would be very interested in picking up their phones while driving. However, when thinking about what could happen if they did pick up their phones, people might realize that maybe it isn’t worth it after all. This article will inform readers of why not to answer calls when behind the wheel and give them ways to avoid doing so themselves.

How about the drivers in the UK? Even though it’s risky and often forbidden, many people still admit that they would pick up the phone even while driving in their cars.

Would you pick up your phone at the wheel
Image: Statista

What other aspects are important to this particular subject matter? While it is dangerous for all drivers, young drivers in particular often lack the experience and skill to react adequately to traffic and to critical situations, especially when being distracted by a phone. But is insuring a teen driver actually more expensive than a regular contract? Yes, but this is due to their statistical background of making more accidents than older drivers.

1. What are the consequences of picking up your phone while driving?

Using a cell phone while driving can lead to many dangerous outcomes – from having less concentration on the road and being distracted by your gadgets, decreasing awareness of what’s happening around you. This increases the risk of crashing or even causing an accident in general.

2. How do you know when it’s safe to pick up your phone while driving?

Drivers who are at least 18 years old can legally use hands-free or earpieces while driving. They cannot cover both ears, but they may use the speakerphone function of their wireless phone if it has one build in.

3. When is it okay to pick up your phone while driving – for emergencies only or any time at all?

Next to the details explained in the previous bullet, some states and regions have exceptions to the laws. You can pick up the phone when lawfully parked or stopped when you’re in emergency vehicles and if you report an emergency.

4. Why don’t people just put their phones on silent if they’re worried about getting into an accident?

Many people are heavy users of their smartphones, which involves regular calls, social media messages, and even mobile games. Other’s feel the necessity of being available throughout the whole day and all of their activities for their career or their family members or friends expect them to.

5. Are there gadgets or other technology types that help you stay focused on the road?

Many smartphones support car modes (sometimes called auto mode), making them less destructive and changing the way they need to operate. Some gadgets would project information relevant to the driver from the phone onto their windowpane in front of them, so they don’t need to look elsewhere and risk an accident.

Phones Are Americas Driving Distraction No 1
Image: Statista

What do you think is the number one driving distraction in America? What if I told you it’s not texting and driving but an activity that’s even more accessible to drivers than their phones? That’s right. It’s talking on the phone. And the problem with this is that because people are so used to engaging in conversation while they drive, it can be very difficult for them to decide when enough is enough.

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Do you do any of these activities while you’re driving your car? I sure hope you stay safe at all times, but a good first step of improvement is always to acknowledge that you’re doing something wrong. Think carefully and reflect on your behavior. This is not only for you to stay safe, but it is for your family to keep you, and no call or other smartphone distraction can be worth the risk. Also, if you are responsible for an accident, you might also harm the health and property of other people.

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Photo credit: The feature image has been done by Dušan Petković. The infographics in the body of the article were done by Statista.

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