It's no secret that going hands free in your car is probably a good idea – and it's convenient while puttering about the kitchen, while running, and while taking conference calls at work, but going hands free – while driving or doing anything else – isn't necessarily for everyone. So today, we're going to explore the pros and cons of hands-free devices, and the idea of going hands free.
One of the benefits of going hands free while driving is that you can carry on a conversation with someone on the phone and still use both hands to steer (and/or shift) the car.
It makes for easier multitasking and increased productivity – especially when used for dialing into conference calls.
They allow you to give your hands a rest, and might even help alleviate pain associated with text or cell phone "claw."
Hands-free devices are getting smaller and smaller (and less and less obtrusive), so you can use them discretely.
In counter to the first bullet under the "pros" list, some people find hands-free calling just as distracting as traditional calling – and think that no calls should be made while behind the wheel. In fact, the National Safety Council has an infographic that helps illustrate why "hands free" is not "risk free."
Using hands-free calling in public places is rude and disrespectful to those around you – UNLESS you use a Bluetooth headset that allows you to keep your conversation relatively private. So, if you're committed to going hands free, invest in a headset that will help limit how much of your conversation is exposed to those near you.
It can be harder to hear the person on the other end of the line – especially if you're both using your speakerphone.
Hands-free devices are typically an added one-time expense. That said, they are getting less expensive as the technology becomes more pervasive.
Much like choosing a smartphone, going hands free in your car – or anywhere else – is a personal decision, and one that you have to weigh the pros and cons of for each situation. The important thing is to make that decision with your eyes wide open. Regardless of if or when you do decide to go hands free, we hope you're able to connect in ways that allow you to stay safe.