CHICAGO, IL — As we approach the Memorial Day weekend, the official beginning of the summer travel season, Verizon Wireless is offering eight safety tips to launch "Wireless Safety Week," May 21-27.
- Always use hands-free devices to allow you to keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel.
- Unless you are expecting a call, consider turning your phone off and letting calls go to voice mail while driving.
- Make calls when your car is not in motion by pulling off the road to a safe place to make or receive calls.
- Never look up phone numbers or take notes while driving.
- Pre-program important and frequently dialed numbers with home, family members' and emergency contact numbers so you can dial them by pressing only a few buttons.
- Avoid engaging in distracting conversations. Emotional conversations are likely to divert your attention from the road.
- Use your wireless phone to call for help. Dial 9-1-1 in case of fire, traffic accidents and other emergencies or road hazards.
- In an emergency, provide important information. Be sure to give your name and wireless phone number, including area code, your location or a major landmark, and the details of the situation.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 27 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.