At any given moment, an estimated 10 percent of drivers are talking on the phone, making this the most common secondary task people perform while driving. Smartphones are an essential way most people stay connected on the go, but users must be responsible for staying smart when they use their phones while driving.
Here are three tips for smart drivers:
Bluetooth enabled headsets and hands-free car systems have always helped drivers focus on the road. Today, these devices are better than ever, with features that ensure a completely hands-free calling experience through speech recognition, text-to-speech technology, and "speech trigger" capabilities.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drivers face three types of distraction: visual, manual and cognitive. Texting while driving is particularly dangerous because it involves all three. A responsible driver should never engage in any activity that takes their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel, or their mind off driving.
The laws governing the use of smartphones and hands-free devices while driving are constantly changing, and it can be difficult to keep up. Visit the hands-free legislation page for more information on how to stay legal while on the go.
For complete and up-to-date information on your particular region, check with your local government or visit the
Governors Highway Safety Association.