ATLANTA - Georgia’s new distracted driving law takes effect on July 1. Starting that day, drivers will be prohibited from holding cell phones and other electronic devices in almost all circumstances. As a result, many Georgian are looking for options that will allow them to use their devices hands-free and legally.
Most cell phones have voice assistants that allow you to dictate text messages or respond to commands. And many vehicles offer Bluetooth connectivity. That allows drivers to pair their phones with the audio system in their vehicle. If your vehicle isn’t Bluetooth equipped, you can buy a kit to upgrade for as little as $20.
Some cell phones offer driving modes, turning off notifications on the phone and offering automatic responses for you while your car is moving.
And a variety of apps are available that can do everything from blocking calls to allowing parents to track teen drivers. Check out apps like “Drive Safe Mode”, “Lifesaver”, “Drivesafe.ly” and “AT&T Drivemode”.
Also remember that GPS navigation is allowed under the hands-free law, but you won’t be allowed to add new addresses or touching buttons in the app while driving.