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:
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.
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.
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