You may have seen the email we sent out in June about Bluetooth devices and the new legislation regarding texting while driving. It has become a primary offense to text while driving as of June 1st! Previously, texting while driving was a secondary offense, meaning that you could not be pulled over and cited for doing so unless it was incorporated into the original reason you were stopped.

Ran a stop sign? Primary offense. This is why you’d be cited. Texting while you did so? Secondary offense. Additional fines and points might have been added to the initial offense…but not anymore!

You may still hold your phone to talk but starting October 1st, school and construction zones (with workers present) become the exception. Long story short, handling your phone while driving is becoming increasingly riskier in the eyes of the law. Texting-while-driving citations can also result in significant insurance premium increases. And really, you want both of your hands on the wheel for complete control over your vehicle at all times not just for your own safety – but of those around you as well.

 

If you have earbuds with an in-line microphone you may still use them, but only in one ear. These come in wired and wireless varieties and offer added-value as your media/everyday headphones when you’re not driving.  However, we do not recommend wired varieties for use while driving.

 

Another better option is truly wireless headphones which, as you may have guessed, consist of two buds that are completely independent from each other and communicate with connected devices wirelessly. Most are equipped with touch controls that require just a single tap to accept incoming calls, which really makes things easy. Most importantly, there are no wires to become entangled on you or your car interior. Remember: You only one ear may be occupied while driving!

 

You can’t go wrong with a Bluetooth Headset Purpose-built for ease of use and comfort while your hands are busy, any pick from our wide selection of headsets is by far your best bet. Many are equipped with onboard controls for volume and call answering, and feature “roaming” ranges that far surpass the workable range of a wired earpiece. Geared for use in voice calls, these headsets focus on sound and microphone quality and have generous “standby” ratings so there will be juice left when you need it – without having to charge every day.

 

The most important point we wish for you take away from this post is “always better safe than sorry.” Communication is key in our busy lives which inevitably overlaps with the times we’re coming and going – and that’s okay! We hope one of the recommendations here fits your needs.

Drive smart!