Drive #headsup: 5 safe ways to use your cellphone while driving if you must

(Wyoming) - Earlier this week, the CDC reported that car crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers, accounting for 33% of teen deaths. Montana was rated the worst, and Wyoming was ranked 45th, with .9 deaths per 100,000 people. See map of the entire US. An important factor in accidents involving high school students, according to the CDC, is texting and driving, and drinking and driving. *Over 50% of teens surveyed in crashes were found to have been texting.* [image: 4fa48a09-d68b-45cb-a16a-d3762c392317 (1).png] Pitchengine Communities believes the safest choice is driving without your cellphone, but if you *must *use your phone while driving, we want to empower you with the tools to *do it safely.* *1. Buddy System – *Traveling with a family member or friend allows you to hand them the phone. They can text or talk for you. *2. Pull Off –* If you must answer a text or email, try and pull off the road into a safe parking area. *3. Hands-free Bluetooth *– Talking on your cellphone while driving is legal in Wyoming, so the safest way to do it is by using hands-free device like a Bluetooth headset or earpiece that allows you to talk while both hands remain on the wheel. Be sure you know how to use it. A smart way to try it is by practicing in an open parking lot so you know how to use it properly without fumbling. *4. Voice Activated Dialing *- All the latest phones have it. If you're shopping for a new phone, look for the latest models that feature voice activated dialing and speed dialing. *5. Out of sight. Out of mind. *- Make the conscious choice to put your phone completely out of reach so you won't be tempted to grab it to answer or read a text. *6. Model Good Behavior -* As parents, we set the example for our children. Show them how to drive safely and they'll be more likely to emulate that behavior. Read more safety cellphone tips here . [image: fd9f0d43-8f44-4131-9175-ebd6742eb241.png] *Feature photo: / Pitchengine Communities* #county10 #reboot #springcity #buckrail #dally #shortgo #county17 #oilcity #headsup