What’s the safest option?
By law, a driver in WA can touch a mobile phone in a secure mounting to accept or end a call but talking on your mobile phone legally via hands-free is also a distraction1
Some mobile phone manufacturers have inbuilt technology that stops incoming calls and texts while you are driving, and there are apps and devices that block mobile phone activity in the car.
Switch your phone to silent and put it out of reach in the glove box or back seat, but the safest option is to turn your mobile phone off before you get behind the wheel.
- Role of mobile phones in motor vehicle crashes resulting in hospital attendance: a case-crossover study. McEvoy SP1, Stevenson MR, McCartt AT, Woodward M, Haworth C, Palamara P, Cercarelli R. (2005)