AT&T Offers Tips for Teen Driving Safety During the Holidays
Wireless Users Are Encouraged to Apply Safe-Driving Tips While Behind the Wheel
San Antonio, Texas.-The holidays are a busy and enjoyable time of year when teens can savor a break from school, catch up with family and friends and stay connected by using their wireless phones. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has announced safe-driving tips for the holiday season so that teens can be safe during this fun, yet sometimes frantic, period.
AT&T is reminding teens — and all wireless users — that driving safely is serious business. The company’s Be Sensible campaign offers the following safety tips for using a wireless phone while driving:
* Make safe driving your most important call. If you think a wireless phone call will be distracting, either don’t answer the call or just hang up.
* Ask passengers to help change the CD or radio station, place a wireless call or read directions to you.
* If you don’t have a passenger, wait until you come to a complete stop at a red light or stop sign before changing the CD or radio station.
* If you need to make or take a call, wait until your trip is complete and your car is safely stopped.
* Never use your phone to take pictures, send and read messages, record video or watch TV while driving.
* It’s best not to eat and drive at the same time. If you’re traveling with someone, take turns driving while the passenger eats.
* Avoid stressful or emotional conversations while driving.
* Don’t be a “rubbernecker.” Let your passengers do the sightseeing while you drive.
* Suspend conversations during hazardous driving situations, such as heavy traffic or bad weather.
* Don’t take notes or look up phone numbers while driving.
Distractions can be an even greater issue for new drivers. In 2002, AT&T produced a driving educational video for teens. The video, “Be Sensible: Don’t Drive Yourself to Distraction” teaches novice drivers how to manage all potential distractions. It is currently available at no charge to high school and driving-school teachers at www.vpw.com.
Education is the key to help prevent distracted driving. AT&T’s Be Sensible campaign reinforces the company’s commitment to teens and is consistent with its industry-leading position that all drivers should not use the phone while driving.
Since the award-winning Be Sensible program was introduced, the comprehensive educational resource has been provided at no charge to thousands of teachers nationwide, who have used the materials to educate nearly 12.5 million students about managing driver distractions. In addition, 95 percent of the teachers who have used the program say they plan to use it again. To view “Be Sensible: Don’t Drive Yourself to Distraction,” visit www.wireless.att.com/learn/articles-resources/be-sensible.jsp.
AT&T also offers the MEdia Net Parental Controls service at no additional charge to parents who are interested in basic controls for their child’s mobile phone use. The service allows parents to restrict access to mature content that is not appropriate for children and prohibit the purchase of downloads, such as games, ringtones and graphics. To learn more about MEdia Net Parental Controls, visit www.wireless.att.com/learn/articles-resources/parental-controls.
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