2014 Trucking News – Bluetooth Options for Truck Drivers
Since March 2009, some states and provinces have passed laws that prevent or ban the use of hand-held cellular phones. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and Transport Canada have reported that: California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Utah, Washington, as well as the provinces of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Quebec have approved laws that prevent the use of hand-held cellphones while driving on the road.
Meanwhile, the states of Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have allowed local governments to prevent their drivers from using hand-held devices while driving. Localities in other states also do not need to have certain legislative authorities to prohibit the use of cellphones.
In Canada and Utah, drivers can be charged with a bigger offense of hazardous or reckless driving if they commit some other type of moving violation, aside from speeding, while chatting on a hand-held cellphone.
Other states, including Louisiana, have ratified restrictions regarding the use of hand-held cellphones by new drivers.
Every year, more states and provinces have endorsed restrictions when it comes to the use of hand-held cellphones while driving on the road. This is why a lot of truck drivers are now looking at hands-free choices to answer their calls on their cellphones, while driving.
Because hand-held cellphone usage by commercial drivers is now prohibited, Bluetooth has now become an excellent alternative for those drivers who need to keep connected. These devices have come a long way since being first introduced to the market. Drivers need to keep in mind when looking for the device that fits them the best, to look for three top characteristics – Noise cancelling capabilities, a long-lasting charge, and appearance/comfort.
Recommended Bluetooth headset for Truck Drivers
The MIRREX Bluetooth-enabled headset, which is designed particularly for truckers and the trucking environment. This headset features noise-cancellation technology, which successfully filters out background noise. Its lengthy and flexible boom lets drivers speak at a regular conversational level, which is a nice feature for team drivers who do not wish to disturb their partners while resting.
The kit contains two chargers, a 12-volt vehicle charger, and a 110-volt home charger. Its lithium battery gives up to 14 hours of talk time, and 20 hours of standby time with each charge.
Drivers can also fine-tune the boom microphone to work for them, whether they’re right handed, or left handed. The comfy, cushioned earpiece and adaptable headband also makes it easy for drivers, particularly the ones who wear glasses, to wear the headset and talk for hours without experiencing tiredness.
Since the headset is Bluetooth 2.0 EDR compliant, combining the headset to a Bluetooth-enabled cellphone is simple. It can also be used from up to 20 feet away from the phone. So even if the cellphone is securely kept away in the sleeper, the driver can still respond to it. A lot of Bluetooth devices can only be paired to one cellphone for the life of the Bluetooth. But the MIRREX Bluetooth headset can be paired up with eight individual cellphones, which makes it easily transferrable.