Use Your Head, Not Your Hands: Keep Both Hands on the Wheel While Using Mobile Devices
Effective October 26, Ontario law mandates the use of hands-free devices when using mobile phones on the road. Plantronics, Inc., the world leader in communication headsets for over 48 years, encourages all Ontario drivers to prepare for the new law by educating themselves on the hands-free options available and following a few simple safety tips.
Today’s busy commuters often make calls on the road using a handheld phone which can cause physical impairments while driving. With the use of headsets, these drivers can continue to enjoy the convenience of talking on a cell phone in the car while keeping both hands on the wheel. Ontario’s more than eight million licensed drivers should consider the following safety tips while using a headset and driving:
- Practice Makes Perfect: Try using your phone and headset together before you drive. Get to know the controls and adjust the fit. Check the headset settings on your cell phone and store the phone in the car so it’s out of your way but still accessible.
- Get Organized: Program all of your frequently called numbers into your phone. That includes your office, your kids’ school and your favorite takeout restaurant. Don’t forget about voice dialing; most phones have that option, so use it as much as possible to avoid becoming distracted by manual dialing while driving.
- Set It Up: Just as you check your rearview mirror and buckle your seatbelt before driving, put on your headset and make sure it’s properly connected to your phone.
- Keep Your Eyes on the Road: Always remember that your first priority is driving. You should only place and receive calls when it’s absolutely necessary.
“Plantronics offers an array of headset models that fit a wide range of usage patterns, budgets and personal styles while still providing the first-rate audio quality, comfort, and style that consumers expect from us,” said Elizabeth Bastiaanse-Hamren, vice president of Product Marketing at Plantronics. “No matter the hands-free solution they choose, we are glad to know that the citizens of Ontario will now have both hands on the wheel when talking.”
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