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Can you use a phone while driving without it being a distraction?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Distracted driving poses a significant threat to everyone on the road. According to the United States Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving encompasses any activity that diverts attention from the primary task of safe driving.

This means that texting, talking on the phone or using navigation systems can all count as illegal forms of distracted driving. This raises the question, then, as to whether you can actually use your phone while driving without it being a distraction in the eyes of the law.

Using hands-free technology

The temptation to multitask while driving has become increasingly pervasive. However, the dangers of distracted driving demand your respect. Utilizing earpieces for hands-free operation of mobile devices can be a viable solution, provided they do not impede hearing. It is best to use the speaker function or a single earpiece to maintain awareness of surrounding traffic and potential hazards.

Many vehicles now come equipped with built-in hands-free features that enable drivers to manage calls and texts without directly holding or touching their phones. This not only minimizes distractions but also enhances overall safety on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration underscores the importance of leveraging these technological advancements to mitigate the risks associated with distracted driving.

Opting for built-in steering wheel controls

If you enjoy listening to music while driving consider a vehicle with steering wheel controls. This feature allows for audio adjustments and song cycling without taking your eyes off the road.

Avoiding distractions while driving is something you can do just by using the technology available to you. As innovative technology and necessary safety features become more widespread, distracted driving accidents may lessen over time. You can do your part to keep yourself safe by becoming a frequent user of these features.