Driving Safety Tips: 6 Must-Have Cell Phone Emergency Numbers
You can pack a warehouse of digital information into today’s cell phones and mobile devices – from your music collection to the latest skateboard-riding-dog video.
And you’ll still have plenty of room for names and phone numbers.
When it comes to the latter, Nationwide Insurance® suggests storing six emergency phone numbers in your cell phone. Keying them into your contact list takes just a few minutes – a simple task that could save valuable time and even lives in an emergency.
Important Cell Phone Emergency Numbers
1. ICE ("In Case of Emergency")
Store under ICE – for “In Case of Emergency” – the number for the person you want notified if something happens to you. Your spouse, parent, partner or close friend, for instance. Nowadays, emergency workers are trained to look for this cell phone emergency number if you’re unable to provide one.
2. Your home
If someone finds your lost cell phone, make it easier to get it back by providing them a way to contact you. Emergency personnel also use “Home” as an alternate if there’s no answer at your ICE number.
3. Local police
Everyone knows to call 911 in an emergency, but putting the number on speed dial can save valuable time. Also, key in a non-emergency number for your local police department to report a situation that may be less than life threatening.
4. State highway patrol
See a motorist stranded on the side of the highway? Be a good sport and call a trooper. Of course, you’ll also want this emergency cell phone number if you have an emergency or need help when traveling.
5. Your car insurance company
If you’re in an accident, you can quickly notify your insurance company and possibly get roadside assistance.
6. Your motor club
Store your club’s toll-free number to fetch help if you’re locked out of your car, need a tire changed, run out of gas or have another motoring malady.
Cell phone personal safety tips
- Although technology continues to improve, not all cell phones are capable of identifying the caller’s location. In an emergency, tell the 911 operator where you are and your cell phone number, as well as the nature of the emergency.
- Even if a cell phone is not on a service plan, it still will connect to 911, so keep your old phone charged and in the glove box as a backup.