In most civilized places, “distracted driving” laws exist mostly to keep people from using their hands to cradle their cell phone while driving. As someone who has to drive around a fair bit for work, I can totally understand these laws as I’ve been in a few phone related close-calls myself (no pun intended). While distracted driving laws apply to many activities in the car, they’re mostly used to keep people hands off their phones so that they’re free to drink their coffee, eat a burger, adjust make-up, fiddle with the radio, and – apparently – masturbate. Oh yeah, and to drive.
I recently installed a new Alpine head unit in my car with all the bells a whistles which includes the bluetooth module for my phone. I allowed me to retire the battery-operated-remember-to-turn-it-on-crappy-speaker-oh-feck-it-needs-to-be-charged-again bluetooth sun visor thingy I had before. Still, that was better than the hey-can-you-understand-me-from-the-end-of-what-sounds-like-a-hundred-foot-tunnel bluetooth headset I had before.
I gave the sun visor attachment to my old man (he won’t thank me later), which was better than what he had before (which was nothing). johnnymac09 has one of those transported-from-the-future headsets that let you talk in a force 3 hurricane. My brother-in-law gave up on worrying about pairing and batteries and audio quality and just went back to an old-fashioned wired headset, which I can kind of understand. It takes about as long to plug that in as it does for most bluetooth devices to re-connect.
With so many options for hands-free calling, what do you prefer to keep your meat hooks available to blare your horn and give other drivers the finger? Also, who really hates those metrosexual pricks that use their bluetooth when they’re not driving, then look at you like you’re the prick for saying “what?” when they suddenly start talking while looking at you?
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