We’re all coming up on the one year anniversary of the Texas No Texting While Driving Law. You might feel a little safer on the road; you may be missing the warm touch of your iPhone. Or maybe you just completely ignored the law (hopefully not). Whatever your reaction to the state law, we’ve got some useful tips to help you (safely) get the most out of your in-vehicle cell phone use. First, we’ll start with a few ground rules…
Is Texting While Driving Illegal?
If you are among the many Texas drivers who didn’t even learn about the no texting while driving legislation until halfway through 2018, you needn’t feel ashamed. Yes; reading, sending, and writing “electronic messages” while driving is illegal. If you are pulled over for texting, you could face a nasty fine, and repeat offenders could see even steeper penalties. Under 18 drivers can’t even use their cell phones for calls while they drive on the road (excluding emergencies).
Naturally, there are a few caveats to this rule, such as…
- Drivers can still use phones to call.
- Phone GPS systems are still allowed.
- Drivers can text during emergencies.
Bypassing the Law (Safely)
No, we’re not going to tell you to ignore the law. That is a bad idea. We love cell phones. We love driver safety. So why not have both?
One way we suggest getting better functionality from your cellphone playing it smart with the law is investing in hands-free accessories, such as an ear piece. If you have an Apple Watch or another smart watch, you can take advantage of their call taking capabilities. Speaking of keeping hands off, try arranging your music playlist before you start on the road.
Another problem that many drivers don’t even consider is bad signal strength. If weak signal issues have you constantly picking your phone up to redial a lost call, consider installing SureCall signal boosters in your vehicles. These and other similar devices can boost signal reception from far away towers so that you aren’t losing calls on the road nearly as often.
Schedule Your Regular Car Maintenance!
These safety habits and cell phone support devices will help you stay safer on the road! Meanwhile, if your vehicle is in need of regular car maintenance, our team at K3S Auto Repair would be happy to serve you. Schedule your appointment at (817) 554-3183 and let us ensure your vehicle is operating at optimum performance!