Driver’s safety and hands free options is a debated topic with many opinions inter-tangled. Texting and driving are illegal in almost every state, but laws vary by state concerning other phone usage while driving.

Our youth (in this social age) are having a hard time understanding the importance of drivers safety and being able to use your cell phone at the same time. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-19-year-olds than among any other age group. Hands free options are available, but which is best for you?

Wireless Headsets:

This hands free option runs off of bluetooth. In order to use these headsets, you must have a phone that is bluetooth compatible. Wireless headsets have small buttons on the side of the device that allow you to answer calls and control volume. These headsets will need to be charged. The amount of time before needing a charge, varies between the different brands.

Wired Headsets:

This option does not demand bluetooth capabilities. Wireless and wired headsets are very similar. The main difference being a cord that connects to your phone. Wired headsets can tend to have a clearer sound because of the hard connection to your phone. Even though, wireless headsets have an advantage when it comes to hands free, as there is no tangle and easy installation.

Car Kits:

For those of us who don’t have bluetooth capabilities already installed in our cars, there are car kits. Car kits can be installed by yourself or a professional. There are portable car kits that can be moved from car to car. This hands free option has the capabilities to mute the volume from your car radio and route the voice signal through the car stereo speakers. This is the ultimate hands free tool.


Driver safety is the ultimate goal in the creation of hands free devices. Being aware of the choices available can enhance your ability to be safer while on the road. Educate yourself on all of the hands free options to choose the best fit for you. Check out the laws in your state, and continue to use the many hands free options that are available. 

By: Jon Petersen