Drive Safely – with a Virtual Receptionist.

Friday, November 18th, 2011

A new campaign has been launched this week encouraging drivers to switch off their mobile phones.

The campaign – by breakdown cover company GEM Motoring Assist – urges drivers to switch off their mobile phones completely before setting out on a journey.

GEM say that research shows that in recent years a record number of drivers in the UK were prosecuted for using a mobile phone while driving, despite the introduction of a law in 2003 which banned drivers from using mobile phones behind the wheel without a valid hands free kit.

Department for Transport official statistics show that you are four times more likely to have an accident if you use your mobile phone while driving. Mobile phone users also have significantly worse reaction times than people driving after drinking alcohol at the legal limit.

Penalties for improper use of mobile phones while driving include a minimum of three penalty points, plus fines. And although it is of course perfectly legal to use a hands free phone in the car, it is still a significant distraction, and should you be unlucky enough to be involved in an accident could be a factor in whether or not you are charged with careless or dangerous driving, or ‘failing to have proper control of a vehicle’.

Driving remains one of the most dangerous work activities that most people do. Around one hundred and fifty people are killed or seriously injured every week in crashes involving someone who was using the road for work purposes.

Obviously there are many good reasons for employees and business people who travel frequently to have a mobile phone, both for keeping in touch with the office and also for safety reasons. But why risk your livelihood and possibly even your life by concentrating on your telephone instead of your driving?

With telephone answering services from CSnotepad you and your staff can switch off your mobile phones and travel safely without ever worrying about missed calls. Our highly trained virtual receptionists will answer calls in your company name and guarantee that your customers’ calls are always answered, wherever you are.

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