Faites appel à un texteur désigné
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Driving and using your cell phone? Choose one! A call, a text message, a notification, changing the song, however important... will never be as important as your life or that of others.
Using an electronic device while driving considerably increases the risk of an accident.
At the wheel, using an electronic device:
For more concrete idea of the dangers of using a cell phone at the wheel, go to our section entitled Did You Know?
It's basic math!
When you text and drive:
Even if their use is authorized, hands-free devices are not a safer option and are not recommended, as the simple act of talking on the phone or making a voice command is a source of distraction.
If you do use a hands-free device, we recommend that you solidly mount your phone on a support device. The phone must not interfere with driving manoeuvres or prevent any equipment from working properly (e.g. an air bag), and it must not pose a risk of injury in the event of an accident.
A number of applications are available that will block calls on your device when you are driving at a certain speed. Pick the one that’s best for you!
With iOS 11, your iPhone can detect when you may be driving and block notifications. When the “Do Not Disturb while driving” function is activated, the iPhone remains silent and the screen goes dark. Anyone who sends you a message receives an automatic reply telling them you’re driving. The iPhone does deliver a few notifications, such as emergency alerts, timers, and alarms.
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You can stop at a safe place such as the parking lot of a rest area or shopping centre.
Villages-relais are another option where travellers are offered a full range of services.
In addition to being prohibited on a highway, stopping on the shoulder is not safe, since there is a risk of collision with other vehicles.
A sticker for your rear window: “Non aux textos au volant!” (No texting and driving – available in French only)
The purpose of this sticker is to launch a social mobilization movement against texting and driving.
The “Non aux textos au Volant” sticker is available at SAAQ service outlets. They are given out free of charge.
The videos and radio ads on this page are provided for consultation purposes only.
Last update: June 2, 2020