Archive for October, 2009

15 cell phone safety tips

October 21st, 2009 2 comments

15 cell phone safety tips from has rounded up some leading cell phone safety tips provided by traffic researchers and public safety groups. Here are 15 of the best:

Keep calls short: Drivers increasingly lose focus during lengthy cell phone calls, research shows. If the conversation lasts more than 5 minutes, hang up and call back once you’ve parked.

Get to know your phone: Fumbling through a cell phone’s menus while on the road can be extremely dangerous. Practice speed-dialing, redialing and routing calls to voice mail.

Compensate: Some studies equate cell phone driving with drunken driving. Others cite “instant aging” — that a 20-year-old’s reaction times are reduced to those of a 70-year-old’s. A University of Utah study found that when 18- to 25-year-olds were placed in a driving simulator and talked on a cellular phone, they reacted to brake lights from a car in front of them as slowly as 65- to 74-year-olds who were not using a cell phone. These are controversial findings, but everyone agrees that cell phone use impairs driving ability. Be aware that you’re not operating the motor vehicle at 100% of your ability. Compensate with extra caution.

Don’t look at caller ID: Most cell phones can be programmed to provide different ring tones for the people in your directory, such as family and friends.

Two things at a time: Many accidents are caused when cell-phoning drivers attempt to do other things — plugging in a power chord, fumbling for a pen, reading directions. Don’t compound the cell phone safety challenges.

Dial while stopped: If you must dial when the vehicle is in motion, hold the phone level with the windshield. Shift your eyes back and forth from the road to the cell phone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says phone equipped with hands-free headsets and voice-activated dialing systems usually require more time to dial, increasing distractions.

Get an assist: Ask passengers to use their own mobile phones or to do the dialing on yours. Teach older children how to operate your cell phone.

You’ve got voice mail: If a call comes in while you’re in an intersection, entering a freeway or engaged in similar activities, let voice mail answer the cell phone.

Curb your enthusiasm: Numerous studies link the emotional content of a conversation with the level of danger while driving. This also applies to complicated, frustrating or exciting topics. If you’re upset or confused, hang up or pull over in a safe spot.

That’s a stretch: Make sure the cell phone and any accessories such as a hands-free headset are close by while driving.

Just say no: Tom Magliozzi of the popular “Car Talk” radio show says, “For non-emergencies like saying hi — checking in — or making calls you could just as easily make from your home, your office or a parking lot — take our advice and drive now, talk later.” Studies suggest that cell phone users use 60% of their airtime while driving.

Now hear this: Wireless phones often switch from one transmitter station to another during a drive. This leads to varying levels of audio quality. If reception is poor, compensate for the distraction — or better yet, hang up and call back once parked.

Watch out: Researchers in Tokyo found that when attention is focused on listening, vision is affected. The brain can’t give full attention to the visual demands of driving and the audio demands of listening at the same time. Focus on watching the road.

Watch your speed: The Swedish National Road Administration reports that drivers wearing hands-free headsets drive faster than drivers who are holding cell phones. It’s also easy for your speed to creep up while you’re dialing.

Dial in shifts: If you must enter a phone number while driving, don’t do it all at once. Dial a few numbers, return your attention to the road, and then dial the other numbers.

The message:Almost all of the above applies to text messaging, which has been banned for drivers in three states: Washington, New Jersey and now Minnesota. A 2008 survey by Nationwide insurance reported that 18% of motorists said they text-messaged while driving. It’s not just kids: The portability of office-related data has made adults dedicated multitaskers (diverted drivers), text-messaging commuters trying to get a jump on the day’s tasks.

Legislation by State

October 21st, 2009 No comments
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Hands-free the easy way

October 9th, 2009 No comments

Every day, more cities, counties, states and provinces are reviewing or enacting hands-free legislation. How can you stay connected and comply with the law? Take a look at the Parrot way:

Distracted driving

October 8th, 2009 No comments

Distracted driving can become an issue if you don’t have the proper technology in your car.

Besides being a fashion faux pas, earpiece users may have a hard time getting the earpiece to fit properly. Easy-to-use hands-free kits, like the Parrot Minikit, make communication even easier when you’re on the go.

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Don’t miss that call!

October 7th, 2009 No comments

Taking an important call while driving can be tricky if you don’t have a hands-free car kit.

Dropping the phone, losing contact and losing sight of the road can happen to anyone if you don’t have hands-free capabilities.

Annoying Bluetooth earpieces

October 6th, 2009 1 comment

You’re in the car, the phone is ringing and where did you put your earpiece?

We hear it over and over again here at Parrot: I didn’t know that Bluetooth works without an earpiece!

There’s no need to search for an earpiece or be the recipient of fashionista glances with hands-free Bluetooth kits.

DIY hands-free devices

October 6th, 2009 No comments

Have you ever tried to rig your own hands-free device while driving, positioning your phone in just the right place so you can still hear on the speaker phone and have it close enough to your face?

Of course there’s a better way. Whatever route you choose, remember to keep your hands on the wheel while staying in touch.

– Parrot