The Hazards Of Driving And Cell Phone Use

Many of the most preventable safety issues surrounding cell phones relate to driving. To ensure your safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of others on the road, never use your phone while you’re driving. It may seem like a good idea to pick up the phone to answer a quick call while you’re driving, but taking your attention off of the road for just a split second could be enough to cause a major accident. And that goes quadruple for texting. While you may think you have the multitasking abilities of an octopus, looking away from the road in order to read or compose a quick text is even more dangerous than answering calls.

Headsets and Bluetooth

One way to get around these hazards and still use your cell phone while driving is to purchase a headset or a bluetooth earpiece. This allows you to still talk and listen to your caller (and also answer calls and dial out), but you are still able to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Hands-free headsets and bluetooth accessories are typically not that expensive. So if you love talking on the phone while driving, look into purchasing one of these items to increase your safety on the road.

Cell Phone Health Risk Possibilities

Experts still can’t agree on whether the use of cellular phones is damaging to humans’ health or not. There are plenty of studies that argue both sides. Among the study findings is that cellular phones emit radiation, although the debate continues about whether it is enough to significantly damage our health. If you are concerned about the possibility that cell phone use may be damaging to your health, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up the use of your cell phone entirely. One thing you can do to cut down on the amount of cell phone radiation you are exposing yourself to is keep your phone turned off when not in use and when you’re not expecting calls or texts. Another method some people employ is to use headsets and bluetooth accessories all the time, not just when they’re on the road. This allows you to keep your phone at a safe distance away from your body but still make calls via your headset or earpiece.

Saving a Waterlogged Phone

One of the most common cell phone disasters is getting your phone wet. Almost everyone has a story about how he or she (or her best friend, or her neighbor) dropped his phone in the toilet, in the sink, in a puddle, or in the lake, the pool, or in the bathtub.

We all know watching your cell phone get waterlogged is one of the worst feelings; you’ve just lost all your contacts and your ability to make calls until you get a replacement. And unless you have insurance on your phone, it’s probably going to cost you anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars to replace the one you’ve lost with the same model.

Still, the only thing you really should do at this point is attempt to dry the phone and battery with a cloth or towel. Horror stories abound of people who’ve thought they were geniuses and tried to microwave their phones or heat them in an oven or other heating element. Not only are these procedures not going to do anything to save your wet phone, but they’re likely to cause even more damage to you or your home appliances. You could burn yourself and end up with a trip to the ER. Or you could start an accidental fire in your kitchen or destroy your microwave. The safest thing to do if you’ve gotten your phone wet is to just suck it up and buy a new phone.

Of course, the easiest way to prevent waterlogging your phone in the first place is to simply be careful with it. Remember that this is an electronic device, so don’t take it with you to surf the net while you’re on the throne or soaking in the tub. Don’t take it to the pool, the beach, or on the boat, and keep it secured if you plan to be walking outdoors when it’s wet.