Keeping Safety in the Forefront
Many cities and states around the world, not just the United States, have laws prohibiting text messaging while driving. Such laws are very laudable, even expected and necessary. Negligent text messages while driving can result in serious or even fatal accidents for the driver and passengers of the vehicle, as well as for others. Although most business gurus, such as Brian Tracy, advocate the use of travel time to increase productivity, because most people spend between 500 and 1,000 hours sitting in a car, security on the road must always go first.
How can a person use their travel time productively while remaining safe on the road? Fortunately, current technological advances have resulted in many gadgets, devices and features that can help a person stay productive and stay connected while keeping both hands on the wheel of the car.
Here are some examples of these gadgets, devices and features:
Wireless headsets. Wireless headsets, such as Bluetooth headsets, are devices that are housed in mobile phones and are hooked to the ear. They allow people to receive phone calls by simply touching a button on the device itself. Just a touch, a fingertip against the activation button, to take calls with a Bluetooth headset. We do not have to hold the phone against our ears when you use a Bluetooth headset, so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
What about phone calls? If the mobile phone has predefined voice dialing functions, just say the name of the contact so that the phone automatically dials the number.
Voice dialing. Most high-end mobile phones have voice dialing capabilities. They are perfect for hands-free calling on mobile phones when properly preset. When presetting the voice dialing function of a phone, we associate the way we speak a contact’s name to its number. The reason for our voice when we speak, the name of this contact is related to the contact details of that person. Thus, when we drive on the road and we want to make a phone call, voice dialing no longer forces us to manually dial the number we want to call. We just need to talk and say the name of the contact.
Speakers. Sometimes, wireless headsets can be uncomfortable to wear. People who find that wireless headphones are annoying prefer to use a speaker instead. Speakers come in many forms, but some of the best ways to help us be productive on the road are those that can be installed on the car and where our phone can be moored while we drive. Voice dialing helps us make phone calls. To receive phone calls, simply press a button on the connected speaker.
Voice to text messaging. If we can not reach the person we want to call for any reason, the next option we need to use is text messaging. But we all know that typing an SMS on the keypad of a phone while driving is both dangerous and insane. This led not only to accidents, but also to death in some cases.
In response to the need to send text messages while driving with caution, technology companies such as Nuance Communications have developed applications to convert voice messages into text messages. All that remains is to transmit the message to the wireless headset or the speaker and the network will convert the message. And then, the message must be sent as text to the intended recipient.
Voice Mail Group. Is it necessary to phone different people, but do these calls essentially say the same thing? The answer to this question is group voicemail. Most wireless networks offer this feature to their subscribers. In group voicemail, we create predefined groups in our contact list. We then record our message on our phone and send it as voicemail to the group we are thinking about. The voice message should be sent to the contacts listed in the group we have named.