July Is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month

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In 2002, Jacqueline Whitmore, one of the nation’s well known etiquette experts, started an event to encourage cell phone users to be more respectful. “It’s important to educate people about the proper way to use these devices so that they’re still in touch but not annoying those around them”, said Ms. Whitmore.

1-800-Charity Cars, providers of reliable transportation to people in need since 1996, understands the important role that cell phones play in our daily lives, and the need to use them in various places. However, we also realize that everyone should be mindful of their surroundings and thoughtful of others when on their cellular devices.

In honor of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, here is a list of tips and suggestions to help you practice considerate mobile phone use:

Use Silent or Vibrate Mode

Whether you are at church, a sporting event, a play, or the movie theater, set your phone to silent or vibrate so you do not disturb anyone.

Cell-free Driving

While driving, don’t do hands-free, do cell-free driving. Put your phone away and avoid not only texting, but also phone calls all together. Safety should be your priority for yourself, your passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists.

Text, Don’t Talk

There may be a time that you are in a situation where talking would be seen as either rude or a violation of rules, at school or work for example. If you need to get some information to someone that can’t wait, send a quick text instead of calling.

Use Your Inside Voice

Some people have the tendency to speak very loudly when using their phones. If you are a loud talker, tone your voice down out of respect to others.

Use Discretion

If you are taking a call while in public be cautious about the information you share in other people’s vicinity. Do not talk about personal details, private information, use inappropriate language, or explicit conversation.

Take it Outside

If you must take a call and you can excuse yourself or step outside, then do so. You will have more privacy and will not be making your phone call an intrusion to those around you.

Be Present in the Moment

If you are having a conversation in person with another, in a business meeting, checking out at the store, or even grabbing some fast food, be present in the moment. Put the phone down, and pay attention to those you are interacting with at that moment.

Watch Your Ringtones

Ringtones, notifications, and even alarms can be set to just about anything a cell phone user desires now. They can often times be loud, inappropriate, and sometimes offensive to other people. If you’re out in public, turn the volume down or set your phone to vibrate. Not everyone may share the same taste or sense of humor towards what another may choose to play on his or her phone.

We live in a tech-savvy age, and cell phones are a very prominent feature in our lives now, but they do not have to be an annoyance to those who surround us. 1-800 Charity Cars, a national non-profit that has provided thousands of free donated vehicles to struggling families throughout the United States, hopes that you celebrate National Cell Phone Courtesy Month by incorporating the list above into your daily cell phone use. If everyone practices good cell phone etiquette, it could change the way people view these devices and their use in public settings.

You can also help make a change in the lives of others by making a vehicle donation or a monetary donation to 1-800-Charity Cars. 1-800-Charity Cars accepts all kinds of vehicles, running or not, with free towing nationwide. A full “fair market value” tax deduction is possible, if we provide your vehicle to a struggling family. You can donate your car by giving us a call today at 1-800-242-7489, or by filling out our online donation form. If you do not have a vehicle to donate, you can still offer a helping hand by making a monetary donation through PayPal or JustGive on our donation site at 800charitycars.org