New mobile phone law
December 2003 a new law is coming out in the UK that will make it
a specific offence to hold and use a mobile phone whilst driving.
This is in addition to the current laws governing safe driving. (Oct
Probably many V8 enthusiasts will welcome this move as we all see
so many cases of people driving cars holding phones to their ears
both in urban areas and on major roads and motorways - just how they
can believe they have proper control of their vehicle is not clear.
But if you still want to keep in touch when you are out and about
in your car, there is a choice of solutions available to suit your
needs and budget - what are the options?
hands free for driving!
That has to be the approach. Hands free kits have a fixed cradle for
your mobile phone, a microphone to talk into, and speakers so you
can hear the caller clearly. In addition hands free kits charge your
phone battery whilst you are driving. Vodafone, like most of the mobile
phone equipment and service providers, are offering two types of hands
free kit - either "install yourself" kits or "professionally
installed" systems. In Vodafone's latest leaflet they suggest
car kit at £19.99 (RRP) which is made for specific phones
and is available for most popular models. You can fit the holder to
your dashboard or air vents and plug the speaker and microphone into
you car cigar lighter.
Car Kit at £39.99 (RRP). With this kit, you fix the speaker
into the footwell and can position the separate microphone near your
mouth. This arrangement is said to offer high quality sound. The kit
comes with a separate cable for your phone and if you change your
phone at any time in the future, you simply change cables and continue
using the same car kit.
Universal at £169.99 (RRP) which is a small and sophisticated
kit, and the price includes professional installation by an engineer.
If you change your phone, you only need to change the cradle - the
rest of the kit stays in place.
You can see
more information on these hands free kits at the Vodafone
concern remains. Whatever kit you decide to go for - and possibly
some V8 enthusiasts will decide not to have their mobile phone switched
on in their V8 as they will be enjoying their driving so much - there
are still two factors to bear in mind. First the you have to dial
the call and then you have to listen and in most cases conduct a conversation.
Vodafone's brochure brings this new motoring law to our attention!
> Finding, entering and dialing a number
Certainly moving your eyes over to the small keyboard of a mobile
phone and carefully pressing the keys - or searching for a preset
number - will require you to take your eyes off the road. Some will
find this more distracting than others. An alternative on some mobiles
is voice recognition but whether the background noise in a car will
mask your voice for recognition purposes is an issue members who have
experience of using this technology may be able to comment on.
> Conducting the conversation
This can require various levels of concentration and may cause varying
degrees of tension for the driver. I am not sure I would want to conduct
a business call involving serious issues or elements of negotiation
whilst driving at the same time!
So ultimately the control of your car is your responsibility. If you
decide you need to make calls in your car, then one of the handsfree
kits will be your choice. But even with a handsfree kit installed,
some care will be needed over making the call and deciding whether
certain calls might be better made when parked up! What is certainly
clear is that hand held calls from a car on the move are very unwise.
Members' comments on available hands free in car kits and their performance,
safety and convenience will be very welcome so we can assemble a survey
for the benefit of other members. You can send your comments to the
V8 Webmaster or post them on the V8 Bulletin Board.
The price of these kits will almost certainly fall - we will
try and provide updates as new kits appear.
Inevitably handsfree kits for mobile phones have moved on since October
2003. See our recent recommended best buy. More
Jabra BT500v headset came out the clear leader in a Which
magazine test in September 2007 - it was rated 72% with the
next headset at only 65%. The report by Which
said "it's rare to find a product that's so much better
than all the others on test. The Jabra does everything well.
Sound is great for talking and listening, it's easy to use and
it's the most comfortable".
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