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Distracted Driving: Safe Driving Tips

There's plenty of technology these days that can help keep us connected with our friends and family. Our mobile phones have become our one-stop gateway to the Internet, social media, music, and email as well as to making phone calls and sending text messages. Between sending emails for work, catching up with friends on Facebook, and texting the kids to stay in touch, we're using our phones now more than ever before — but it can often come at the expense of safe driving habits. With all this going on, it's hard not to get distracted while you're driving. However, in-car technology is now catching up. Here are just some of the features available for safe driving and avoiding distracted driving. Following these safe driving tips will help keep you and your loved ones safer while on the road.

Stay Connected without Driving Distracted

The modern infotainment system is a full in-car entertainment system that looks after your music, navigation, and information needs and keeps you connected with your friends and family while driving — safely. Using Bluetooth technology, the system becomes an extension of your smartphone by letting you access apps for navigation, make and receive phone calls, and send and receive text messages. More importantly, it can all be done without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel making for a safer, less distracted drive.

Safe Driving Tip #1: Stay Distraction Free with Hands-Free Phone Calls

Once you pair your smartphone with the infotainment system, it allows you to access your contacts and make distraction free phone calls by using voice prompts. What if you're caught in a traffic jam on your way to work? The traffic is moving, but it's slow going and you still have to drop the kids off at school. You need to call in late, but you don't want to take your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel. Simply tell your system to call work. Voice recognition connects your car's infotainment system with your phone via a Bluetooth connection, and you're able to safely make a call to your office without having to delay your drive to pull over or put yourself and your passengers at risk with unsafe driving behaviors.

Safe Driving Tip #2: Text Messaging With Your Voice

Text messaging is also now a possibility while driving safely, without even having to pick up your phone. Using the same voice recognition technology and Bluetooth connectivity, you can have text messages read aloud to you, and you can reply to texts with pre-programmed responses. We all know that the kids will barely ever answer your calls, but they'll text all day long. When you've been held up at work and you're running late to pick them up from the mall, you can listen and reply to their anxious text messages demanding to know your whereabouts by simple voice commands. Your urgent trip to pick up the kids will be a safer drive if you follow this tip because there will be no more pulling over to the curb or fumbling with your phone in traffic.

Listening to Your Favorite Tunes Is Easier Than Ever

The benefits of distraction-free, safe driving aren't limited to just communication. Listening to your favorite music has never been easier thanks to voice-activation technology and Bluetooth connectivity. By using voice prompts, you can access your smartphone or mp3 player's playlists and play music files through your car's infotainment system. This means that your road trip music library is only limited to however many songs your device can store and, more importantly, you don't have to take your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel to select the music you want to hear.

Safe Driving Tip #3: Play Music from your Bluetooth Smartphone

Say you're all packed for that big road trip up the coast and you've set off on your way. You're all fueled up and making good time, so there's no need to make any more stops. However, something is missing. It's your favorite road trip songs that are stored in your iPhone that's inconveniently packed in your luggage on the back seat. There's no need to take your eyes off the road to wrestle through your bag to find it. If you've previously paired the phone with your car's infotainment system, it should be within easy range to make an automatic Bluetooth connection. With a few simple voice commands, your favorite tunes are pumping through your car's speakers in no time as you continue safely driving down the road without distraction.

Safe Driving Tip #4: Stream Music from the Web

Bored of the music on your phone, or want to listen to the latest news bulletins? Follow this driving tip and don't go digging for your smartphone while on the road. Most car infotainment systems also have the capability to let you select and stream live podcasts or access Internet or HD radio stations also by using voice prompts. Again, your eyes stay on the road and your hands on the wheel, making for a safer, less distracted drive. Remember, it only takes a moment of distraction for things to go horribly wrong on the roads, and something as simple as changing the radio stations or looking at a text message can be catastrophic. Employ these safe driving tips and use in-car technology to eliminate the need to put yourself and your passengers at risk. You can stay connected and entertained without being distracted from safe driving.