Distracted Driving is a Major Safety Issue
With all new technology being introduced, distracted driving has become a major traffic safety issue.
More than 300 million Americans have cell phones. At any given moment during the daylight hours, estimates say that more than 800,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.
Many of these 800,000 drivers are young drivers.
Banning Handheld Devices
Many states have banned hand-held devices and/or the use of such devices for texting while driving. More states are likely to follow.
The safest precaution that you can take regarding the use of cell phones while driving is not to use your cell phone at all. If you must use your phone, you should pull safely off the road.
If you are permitted to use a cell phone while driving, and it is necessary – hands-free devices and Bluetooth for cars are highly recommended. It is less distracting than trying to juggle a phone while keeping eyes on the road.
Many new car models offer Bluetooth technology, which connects your phone to the car’s audio system. If you are driving an older car, you can still easily take advantage of the technology without spending too much money. Just make sure your phone is compatible with the device.
What Should You Get?
As an example, Consumer Reports bought and tested four Bluetooth kits from Belkin, GoGroove, Jabra, and Motorola, which ran about $35 to $60. All models are powered by plugging into a 12-volt socket or USB port.
Belkin CarAudio Connect AUX must be connected to the audio system through an auxiliary jack, although an FM version is also available. Motorola Roadster 2 connects to the audio system through a FM modulator. With GoGroove FlexSmart X2 you can use either the auxiliary jack or a FM modulator. Jabra Journey does not connect to the audio system at all.
Consumers Report found using an AUX jack provides the best sound.
Bluetooth car kits typically works with a one-touch control. Meaning, you can take a call without taking your eyes off the road. They are a lot safer than using a hand-held cell phone.