If you're looking at your phone, you can't see the road.
Checking your phone at a red light may seem harmless, but
the truth is using an electronic device behind the wheel is a dangerous
distraction. Even when stopped, it affects your situational awareness. You’re five times more likely to crash if you’re using your
Take a break from your phone #EyesFwdBC
Resisting the temptation of e-mails, texts, calls, posts and
cat videos can be hard but it can be done similar to being at the movies, at customs,
during takeoff or landing. Think of all the times that you don’t feel like taking
a break from your phone but do!
Tips for safe cellphone use
- No call, text or email is so important it's worth risking your life. Let calls go to voicemail and ignore your text messages while driving.
- Turn it off and put it out of sight to avoid the temptation to check your phone.
- Assign a designated texter. Ask your passengers to make or receive calls and texts for you.
- Pull over to make or receive a call when it's safe to do so. For longer journeys, look for signs at highway rest areas, some of which now provide free Wi-Fi.
- Choose to activate 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' feature, coming soon for iPhone users.
Learn the rules of the road
- Don't use your cellphone at a red light. The law applies whenever you're in control of the vehicle, whether stopped at a red light or in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
- Keep your hands off. Hands-free means a Bluetooth, wired headset or speakerphone that can be operated with one touch or voice commands. Make sure to secure the cellphone to the vehicle or attach it on your body before driving.
- If you have a Learner's (L) or Novice (N) licence, you aren't allowed to use any electronic device behind the wheel, for any purpose, even in hands-free mode.
- Make sure you understand the law on how to use electronic devices while driving (RoadSafetyBC)
ICBC is piloting new technology that could help reduce distracted driving. The technology involves a vehicle being fitted with a small device that communicates with an app installed on the driver’s cellphone. The technology disables the phone when the car is being driven.
We’re inviting customers to join ICBC’s customer advisory panel for an opportunity to participate in this pilot and future e-surveys.
Show your support
You can help make our streets and communities safer by encouraging others to leave the phone alone behind the wheel. Get a distracted driving sticker and show your support. They are available at participating ICBC Driver Licensing and Autoplan broker offices.
You can also place a bulk order for distracted driving stickers to share in your community.