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Look ma, no hands! How to go hands free while driving

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Keep Your Eyes on the Road is a campaign from the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA).

They recently released a study on the distractions faced by drivers which analysed thousands of hours of in-car video footage and highlighted the dangers of taking your eyes off the road to dial, SMS or even reach for your phone.

Evidence shows that talking on your mobile phone is not the biggest cause for concern, however taking your eyes off the road for any type of distraction, can cause accidents. This includes texting, emailing, dialing a number or even glancing at a notification.

In line with Australia’s mobile phone cradle law, we’ve taken a look at the best bluetooth headsets, speakers, GPS and hardwired kits to help you stay safe on our roads.

Headsets 

Jawbone Icon HD is a little piece of tech that connects you to two compatible devices at once while killing background noise and allowing for full HD sound! They’ve crammed a 10mm wideband speaker inside, their largest yet, providing you with unbeaten audio no matter what you’re using it for.

Blueant Q2 A headset that comes packed with super advanced features in comparison to many other headsets in the market today. The Q2 includes a voice recognition command set, text to speech technology that announces the names of incoming callers and incoming SMS readout. It has topped the lists of many tech reviewers in 2014.

Speakerphones

The Force In-Car Essential Pack (pictured below) has been created to give you the ultimate in-car support, offering hands-free communication and in-car charging solutions that keep you in touch, charged and securely on the road at all times. The speaker secures onto your visor while your phone mounts on a dash cradle allowing you to keep your eyes on the road and distraction free.

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The Blueant Commute is a device, similar to the one above, that clips directly onto your visor to minimise any added stands or suction cups cluttering the dash. The Commute is 100% handsfree, voice activated to make and receive calls and SMS. It also uses A2DP streaming, meaning you can listen to music, GPS directions or anything else stored on your phone. It’s clear to see why Blueant are front runners in the wireless world.

GPS + Bluetooth

Garmin Nuvi 2497LMT This is an affordable, interactive GPS full of detailed Australian and New Zealand maps. It comes with free, lifetime map updates and best of all has built in Bluetooth for your smartphone device. The Nuvi is voice activated so you can make and take calls without moving your hands from the wheel or your eyes from the road.

Navman EZY255LMT is everything you need in a GPS navigator, and now includes handsfree bluetooth. Not only is this GPS unit advanced in many ways, such as; landmark recognition, school zone and driver fatigue alerts, it’s also 100% handsfree when making and receiving calls using your compatible smartphone. Navman maps are available to download 24/7 online and for free with any GPS purchase.

Hardwired

Bury CC9048 The entry level model for hardwired car kits, this system (pictured below) offers reliable connection, perfect voice and sound quality and automatic radio muting at an affordable price. Recommended use with the BS9-BASEPLATE-System 9 new base plate.

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The Bury CC9068 is a fully voice activated system, meaning it allows you to dial contacts, dial phone numbers, navigate, change settings and read e-mails and SMS. You can also record memos, play music wirelessly, listen to stored content using A2DP technology. It also comes with full noise cancellation – great for louder vehicles.

 

Play it safe

Although it is legal to use approved cradles and Bluetooth devices for mobiles, we recommend using your handheld devices sparingly and urge you to exercise caution while driving.

Do you use your mobile phone while driving? If so, what devices do you recommend using?

For more details about AMTA, just visit their website.

Photo credit: Rachel

One comment

  1. Colin Webb says:

    I have an iPhone 5. It has voice-activated ability (Siri). The phone is in a screen-mounted cradle (angled down so that the phone is below the top of the dashboard and doesn’t impede my forward vision) and I have it cable-connected to the AUX circuit of the sound system in my Subaru Outback. This means that I can make and answer calls hands-free. If I receive a text while driving, I ignore it until I’m able to stop, park up and deal with it safely.

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