Oh, girlfriend. Is he so important that you can't wait to call him back later?
I see so many people driving down the road holding their phones in the air and talking. I suppose they believe that since the speaker function is on that they are using it in "hands free" mode. This could work if you were not touching your phone and it was in the console. But holding it near your head with the speaker on doesn't comply with the law. Your best bet is to adhere to the policy of "Engine on - Cell phone off."
Any use of the cell phone while driving is a distraction. Even answering calls on your Bluetooth device is a momentary distraction. Turning the phone OFF means you will have zero distractions. When you turn the phone back on, all your text messages and all your phone messages will still be accessible to you. Most of those messages, by the way, can wait until you stop driving. Picture this: You hit a woman pushing a stroller in a crosswalk. Your life would never be the same again.
I've learned that good will with law enforcement goes a very long way.
It's not only the most wonderful time of the year, but also one of the most dangerous.
Series: How to handle difficult run-ins with law enforcement over a limousine.
Driving Gem: Plenty of things unrelated to phones can result in accidents.
Driving Gem: Lifting and handling luggage is never good for the back.