Keeping your eyes on the road is the best way to make sure you, other drivers, and the pedestrians you pass stay safe. That’s why Ron Hibbard Toyota wants to show drivers in Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison how you can follow the latest laws on using a phone behind the wheel and cover all the great Toyota hands-free driving technology. Be sure to contact us today to learn more about all the safety features in Toyota models.
Hands Free Tennessee
To make sure every driver stays alert and focused, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Department of Tourist Development, and Department of Safety and Homeland Security have come together to create Hands Free Tennessee.
This policy, which was launched into law in the summer of 2019 as Public Chapter No. 412, makes it illegal to use a cellphone or any other mobile devices while you’re operating a moving vehicle.
How Serious Is Distracted Driving?
Over 24,600 accidents in 2018 were caused by drivers who were looking at their phones behind the wheel. With that in mind, it comes out to an average of 67 collisions every day that could have easily been prevented. Those are the national numbers, though, so what about here at home? A recent study found that Tennessee ranks first in the country with more deaths caused by distracted driving than any other state.
What’s Illegal Under the Hands-Free Law?
While you’ll be able to use your cellphone in the event of an emergency, operating a phone or mobile device in normal circumstances can result in up to three points on your license and a fine of up to $200. The following actions are all illegal while you’re driving:
- Using any part of your body to hold a cellphone or mobile device
- Reading, writing, or sending any text messages, emails, direct messages, or social media posts
- Reaching for a cellphone or mobile device in a way that requires you to unbuckle your seat belt
- Watching a video on your cellphone or mobile device
- Filming, recording, or broadcasting live video with your cellphone or mobile device
Toyota Entune™ Infotainment System
Toyota can help you stay connected and safe during your drives. The Entune™ Audio system offers hands-free access to all your favorite smartphone features while also helping you obey the law.
From compact sedans to SUVs and pickup trucks, Toyota has a lineup of vehicles that feature a high-resolution touchscreen in your dashboard. This Bluetooth®-compatible infotainment system lets you sync your smartphone, so you can stream music and safely make and receive phone calls.
To access even more of your smartphone apps, there’s Apple CarPlay®. Plus, you can quickly switch between apps with Siri® Eyes Free. There’s also advanced voice recognition to help you enter a destination into your Scout® GPS Link without taking your hands off the wheel.
Lean More About Hands Free Technology
To learn more about Toyota hands-free driving technology, visit our team at Ron Hibbard Toyota. Our goal is to help drivers and families all over Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison get behind the wheel of a car, truck, or SUV that features the kind of technology that will provide you with a safer and more focused drive.