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Stay smart, stay safe, stay connected

At any given moment, an estimated 11 percent of drivers are talking on the phone, making this the most common secondary task people perform while driving. Mobile phones are an essential way most people stay connected on the go, but mobile phone users must be responsible for staying smart when they use their phones while driving.

Here are three tips for smart drivers:

  • Always use smart, defensive practices when driving. Every driver should assess their unique driving situation and decide when it's OK to talk on the phone.
  • Always use a Bluetooth® enabled hands-free device or car system when you talk and drive, so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
  • Never manually text or e-mail on your phone while you drive.

Bluetooth technology helps you drive smart, drive safe

Bluetooth enabled wireless headsets and hands-free car systems have always helped drivers focus on the road. Today, new versions of these devices are better than ever, with features that ensure a completely hands-free calling experience made possible by speech recognition, text-to-speech technology, and "speech trigger" capabilities that lets you turn on hands-free calling devices just by speaking a command.

Learn more about the different types of hands-free devices, from headsets to complete in-car kits and everything in between.

Never text and drive

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 types of distraction. 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 the task at hand.

Learn how to avoid becoming a distracted driver.

Stay legal on the go

The laws governing the use of mobile phones and hands-free devices while driving are constantly changing, and it can be difficult to keep up. Visit our 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 .

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