Understanding the Laws
Drivers have long known about the dangers of distracted driving; however, just about every day you will still see people on their phones texting away. States across the country have created laws to enforce against this in order to prevent accidents and save lives. Many states have even banned the use of cell phones for teenage drivers under the age of 18 and some others have even banned them entirely.
However, back in 2016 California introduced a law that would allow drivers to use their devices when they are hands-free or voice enabled. The only exception to this law is that drivers must install a cell phone car mount for their device to limit the amount of distractions. Most states have similar laws and will allow you to mount your cell phone in a place where it will not be a distraction to you. Some states are more lenient than others. Many states have restrictions on where you can mount your cell phone. In Indiana, they have laws in effect that only allow you to place a suction cup mount in a 4-inch square in the far-right corner of your windshield.
Which Mount to Get
To avoid the confusion with suction cup mounts, it’s much better to use a vent or dash mount. There are little restrictions on these types of mounts because they do not limit your vision of the road. Nowadays, you can buy vent and dash mounts that will be able to securely hold your phone in place and in some cases, give you some additional features as well. The NVX MagNeatO, for example, will not only hold your phone in place with a magnet, but it also has Qi wireless charging that can charge your phone as well. It even supports quick charge 3.0 which enables a faster charging option for your device. There are many other options for those on a budget, but the features won’t be the same.
Keep your Eyes on the Road
Regardless of which mount you end up purchasing, it is extremely important that you place it in an area that will not block your view of the road or be a distraction to you. Also, these mounts are used to make hands free options easier. Make sure to utilize voice assistants like Siri and Google Assistant to help you keep your eyes on the road. There are even apps that simplify your device, like Android Auto, and only show you the apps and notifications you need. These cell phone car mounts are not an excuse to text now that your phone is now in a more convenient place. Always follows the traffic laws established by your state and local municipality.