Smartphones are an established and important part of the way people do business and connect with friends and family each day. While staying connected is essential, it's also important for users to stay safe for their own sake and the sake of other drivers on the road.
The laws governing the use of smartphones while driving are constantly changing, and it can be difficult to keep up.
For complete and up-to-date information on hands-free laws in your area, you can check with your local government or DrivingLaws.org.
Washington was the first state to pass a texting ban in 2007. Currently, 44 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers. All but five have primary enforcement. Of the six states without an all-driver texting ban:
Laws like this re-iterate the need for everyone to start using hands-free calling systems or Bluetooth® enabled headsets when they drive.
There are many hands-free devices and car systems to help you stay safer while driving and obey your local hands-free laws. But smart driving involves more than just using a hands-free device. Learn how you can avoid becoming a distracted driver.