It's offered in almost all new cars on the market, so why do so many Mid-Michigan drivers choose not use hands free technology?
It turns out many drivers don't know it exists, or at least, don't know how to use it.
Carrie Widenmier says making phone calls while driving is a pain. Widenmier, who works at TV5 and she just bought a new car. But she hasn't had the chance to take advantage of the wireless Bluetooth technology that comes with the vehicle.
"Changing lanes or what not you have something in your hand and trying do it safely can be hard," says Widenmier.
Widenmier isn't alone. Despite all the high tech advances in cars-including hands free calling features, TV5 cameras caught driver after driver doing things the low tech way. Holding cell phones to their ears.
There is no law in Michigan that prohibits the use of a cell phone while driving. However, motorists can be charged with careless driving if they cause an accident while on the phone. As TV5 investigated we wondered why some folks just don't take advantage of the technology at their fingertips.
A local dealership has created a connection center designed to assist those who need a little help understanding modern-day technology.
Salespeople at that dealership say the sound quality of your phone conversation is outstanding once hooked up to the Bluetooth technology.
Not every car on the road has the Bluetooth hands free feature. Most vehicles from 2009 and newer have it. So what can you do if you have an older ride?
Sally Loomas is with Keyser Chevrolet in Reese. She tells TV5 a lot of these gadgets can be clipped on to the visor in your vehicle. Most sell for about a hundred dollars or less. She says it's a small investment for safety.
"If you have the benefit please use it because it's so much safer," says Loomas.
If you need help getting your hands free technology to work, stop by Draper Chevrolet on Bay Road in Saginaw Township Wednesday.
Sales people will be on hand to help get your Bluetooth device working and get you back on the road.
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