With the increased attention cell phone use in cars is receiving, it is important to be aware of the alternatives that exist for safer driving. Many hands-free accessories exist to make your driving experience safer without sacrificing the convenience and necessity of using your cell phone. Here are some of the best options.
Integrated Bluetooth Calling: This is an option can come factory-installed on some vehicles. There are also aftermarket kits that exist so it can be installed on any car. After your phone is paired with the device, calling is done through a button mounted on the steering wheel and the audio is picked up through a microphone and then broadcast through the stereo system. This offers one of the best hands-free calling experiences while driving. Also, aftermarket kits are reasonably priced between $50 and $200.
Bluetooth Earpieces: Many options exist for Bluetooth earpieces in various price ranges. They work in the same way as an integrated car system, but the audio is broadcast through the earpiece into the user’s ear. They also have a portability factor that integrated systems lack. Depending upon the amount of money you are willing to spend, the experience can vary. They are generally priced between $25 for a basic model, up to $200 for a high end one.
Portable Bluetooth Speakers: If you are uncomfortable trying to install an aftermarket Bluetooth calling system in your car and also find Bluetooth earpieces uncomfortable, this could be a good option. A speakers work exactly like Bluetooth earpieces, except they usually include a clip so they can be mounted on the sun visor. The audio is broadcast through the speaker and also includes an integrated microphone. They are priced between $50 and $150.
Corded Headsets: For anyone not comfortable using Bluetooth devices, a simple corded headset can provide an easier alternative. It is important to note that some cell phone have a 2.5 mm headset jack. The standard for all other devices is 3.5 mm and most recent cell phones use this size. However, they are not interchangeable. A corded headset costs between $5 and $20.