Jawbone® believes that when using a mobile phone—whether in the car, around the house or on the street—it is extremely important to Talk Responsibly. No phone call is worth jeopardizing your safety or the safety of others.
It is always best to refrain from talking on the phone while you are driving. However, if you must do so, we believe the safest possible way to talk is by using a hands-free solution, such as a headset or a built-in speaker system.
Tips to Talk Responsibly:
Safe Driving = Smart Driving: No calling in the car is best, but when you absolutely have to make or take a call from behind the wheel, make sure you talk responsibly. Use a hands-free device and make sure it is turned on and synchronized with your phone before starting the ignition. Program important numbers and conference call pass codes into your phone in advance so you can keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.
Use Your Words: Many phones have voice-activated dialing and messaging built in. When you're on-the-go, use your voice to place phone calls and send text messages without looking at your phone. It's as easy as saying, "Call John Williams" or "Message Laura Smith".
Prep Your Phone: Enter all emergency numbers into your phone. It's important to know how to store and access phone numbers you might need in an emergency. Make sure you have your "In Case of Emergency" contacts stored in your phone before you hit the road.
Don't Engage in Phone Rage: Do not participate in stressful or emotional phone conversations while driving. If you are flustered, take a moment to stop and collect yourself before multi-tasking - focus on the drive, not the dispute.
Friend or Foe - Who's Your Neighbor?: Think twice about making business or personal calls in public places, like an airport, a bus, or a train. The person sitting next to you could know your boss or work for your biggest competitor. Keep confidential conversations confidential.
Phone (@) Home: Chopping while trying to balance your phone between your ear and your shoulder can be a tricky maneuver and, with a kitchen knife in hand, don't take any chances.Use a headset to free up both hands and eliminate the "phone-slipping-from-shoulder-into-a-boiling-pot-of-water" tragedy.
Hit the Books Before Hitting the Road: In some states, drivers are required by law to use a hands-free device while on the phone. Save yourself a hefty fine by pulling over to make calls, or by using a hands-free solution while on the road. If you use a hands-free device, activate it before beginning your trip and be sure that its use does not interfere with your ability to hear warning signals inside and outside the vehicle. Read up on state-by-state laws regarding cell phone usage while driving here.
Don't Be "That Guy" - Respect No Phone Zones: There are many places where using a phone is frowned upon and others where it is flat out forbidden. Many hospitals and clinic waiting rooms ask that patients and visitors not use cells phone. In places of worship, movie theaters, funerals and weddings, it is always necessary to turn your phone to silent or power it off entirely. If you absolutely have to make or take a call, quietly excuse yourself and step out before reaching for the phone.
Other Resources for Responsible Talking:
AT&T: Texting & Driving... It Can Wait: Safety Tips:
CTIA: Wireless Safety Tips:
AAA Safe Driving Tips: