Vancouver, British Columbia – As British Columbia approaches the end of first month of the province’s ban on hand-held cellphones and other electronic vehicles and the one-month grace period, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is joining with the province and police to remind drivers to adopt smart driving behaviours.

Driving is a complex task requiring full attention. The goal of the new law is to make roads safer for everyone, with all drivers playing an important role.

ICBC offers tips should your phone ring while you are driving:

– Let it go to voice mail, or better yet, turn it off to avoid the temptation. Let friends, family and colleagues know not to expect you to pick up right away, and let callers know on your voice mail that you may be driving and there may be a delay before you return the call.

– If you are travelling with someone else, ask your passenger to take the call for you.

– Pull over before you answer or return a call.

– Ask your caller if he or she is on the road. If you’re returning a call and suspect the other person is driving, suggest talking when it’s safe to do so.

– Use a hands-free device if you need to take a call, and keep the conversation brief and keep a consistently safe speed.

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