Driving a car is a complicated process – we just forget that because we do it so often! You have to be paying constant attention, using your hands and feet, thinking ahead, and evaluating choices every second of the drive. The problem is that the more you drive, the easier it gets, and the more casual we become in our driving habits. We talk to our passengers, fiddle with the radio, zone out, make phone calls, eat cheeseburgers, and even (GASP) text while we drive. It may seem like no big deal, but distracted driving is a huge problem on American roadways. It can endanger you and your family. YOU can even endanger yourself and your family!
That’s why many states have passed laws requiring drivers to use hands-free devices if they plan to use technology while driving. Initially there was a lot of push-back. People were used to using their phones and technology their own way, and didn’t want to purchase fancy new gadgets or learn how to use the hands-free setting options. By now most people have been introduced to hands-free options, but they may not know all of the different choices available to them.
Check out our list of hands-free driving options so you can find the best choice for you and your family – and stay safe out there!
- Speakerphone: the original hands-free option has been available on most cell phones for the last decade. It’s also one of the easiest and fastest ways to talk while keeping both hands on the wheel. Turn down your music, place your phone in your lap or cupholder where you can hear and be heard, and talk to your heart’s content. Just be careful as you make or answer calls – since that part DOES require some hands.
- Bluetooth Headset: These were one of the early gadgets for hands-free talking. They are not as popular now, but if you spend a lot of time driving or like to keep your phone out of sight they are still an excellent hands-free option.
- Central Console Mount: another great option for speakerphone or GPS use without your hands is to get a clip or mount that will hold your phone up and facing you in your center console. Be careful not to spend too long looking at your phone, however, as that can be very dangerous too!
- Bluetooth Car Audio Sync: Most cars nowadays are featuring bluetooth or USB cable hookups for smartphones. That means you can answer your phone from your steering wheel, talk with your friends, even have your text messages read aloud to you! It makes music navigation easier too!
Do what works for you – but keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and keep your family free of distracted accidents!