Wireless Safety Tips
AT&T Offers Suggestions on How to Stay Safe While Making Wireless Calls and Text Messaging
Wireless Safety Tips
Avoid texting and calling while you're on the road - If you're on a long trip, pull off the road to use your phone. If you have a short commute, tell the person that you will call or text them when you arrive at your destination. Suspend conversations during hazardous driving situations, such as heavy traffic or bad weather. Texting should be avoided while driving in ALL situations -- no exceptions.
Utilize hands-free options - Hands-free devices can help you keep both hands on the wheel and have the freedom to conduct daily activities while having a phone conversation. AT&T offers countless options on www.wireless.att.com for the latest hands-free gear.
Use voice-activated dialing and messaging - When you're on the go, VoiceDial from AT&T lets you keep in touch even when your hands are full. Just dial *8 and let your voice do the rest. It's as easy as saying, "Call John Smith" or "Message Sally Walker".
Know the laws in your State - In some States, drivers are required by law to use a hands-free device while on the phone. If you use a hands-free device, activate it before beginning your trip. Also be sure that its use does not interfere with your ability to hear warning signals inside and outside the vehicle.
Leave the emotion at home - Don't engage in stressful or emotional conversations or texting sessions that may distract you from your surroundings.
Be considerate of others - Use silent or vibrate mode to alert you to incoming calls and texts when appropriate. If you think an outgoing call might interrupt or disturb the recipient, send a text message instead.
Excuse yourself - It's perfectly OK to step away from the table or go into another room to take an important call or shoot a text message to a friend.
Know your place - Libraries, theaters, museums, and houses of worship are no place for a ringing phone or a text alert. Speak quietly while riding on public transportation.
Let your phone do the work - Use Caller ID to screen calls or let voicemail take a message. Use text messaging to communicate discreetly.
Respect others' privacy - Ask permission before taking a photo or shooting video of someone with the built-in camera on your phone.
Be a wireless Samaritan - Wireless phones can be invaluable during emergencies. Lives can be saved, crimes prevented, and drunk drivers apprehended. Remember, dialing 911 is always a free call.
The materials on this page were provided by AT&T.