Peterson Earpiece comes in hand for hands-free phone

bbcSo to continue my run of posts on this website, Ive decided to share one of my favourite articles this week. I used to be cautious to add it to this site as I actually didn't wish to offend the initial author, but I hope he/she is glad that I loved reading their work and planned to share it with my readers.

With regards to bluetooth earpieces, the technology hasn't altered much since early 2000's. They have basically got somewhat smaller, keeping up with modern incarnations of mobile phone. This post highlights new regulations introduced in the US about driving and the use of a cell phone.

The last time I remember being hands free was when I was in high school, riding my bicycle hands free.

No hands on the handlebars while I bicycled with my golf clubs to Green Acres no kidding Country Club in Donnellson, Iowa. My 10-speed was a marvel in balance. It certainly helped that Donnellson was flat and the streets well-paved, as well as completely lacking in traffic.

I could maneuver the mile to the golf course without putting my hands on the handlebars, except to make turns. It probably was dangerous, and police probably would pull me over now for hands-free bicycling.
Why I didnt crumple up into a pile of bicycle and blood is beyond me. But I had hardly a care in the world when I was biking to the golf course or other points in between. And this was before helmets and the notion of traumatic brain injuries. I was just a kid.

Now, hands free takes on a new meaning in Illinois. Its not about bicycling; its about driving.

And, as of Jan. 1, it is illegal to talk on your cellphone while driving if you are holding it up to your ear. Police can pull you over if they see you and give you a $75 ticket first time out. And if you dont get it the first time, the second time you are pulled over, the ticket is $100. After four times, you could have your license suspended.

I dont want a ticket. No call is worth $75. And you would have to be plain dumb to lose your license over cellphones.

Ive had a cellphone for almost nine years; I think it came inside our wedding cake. For all my life, I had been tied to the landline, only it wasnt called a landline. It was called a telephone, and it was attached to the wall. And if you wanted to make a call, you were attached to the wall.

I was a latecomer to cellphones. In fact, I was anti-cellphone. If I had a cellphone, it meant that I was connected to the world at all times; there was no getting away from it. Of course, if it rang, you would answer it. No matter where you were. In the living room. In the bathroom. Egad. In the car. There was no escaping the world with a cellphone. I wanted that escape.

But Ive come to find out that I do not receive a lot of telephone calls. And I do not make a lot of telephone calls. I havent done a thorough analysis, but I think most of the telephone calls I receive come from my pharmacy, my friendly pharmacy. Completely computer generated.

My good wife comes in second. Were really never that far apart to need to call.

But call I do on my way home from my Friday evening appointments, talking all the way from the parking lot to our driveway. I make the call to let her know Im on my way home, giving her a chance to fire up the oven for the pizza.
And Ive been doing this with one hand on the steering wheel and one hand to my ear holding the phone. Its never been a problem. Not even close. Its like talking to someone in the passenger seat. Its hardly a distraction.
But it is a distraction, according to Illinois state law. And distractions cause crashes.

So, instead of holding the phone to your ear, you have to use hands-free technology, such as a BlueTooth device, an earphone or a speakerphone. The Blue Tooth is out of the question. People who use those devices look like they have cicadas sucking on their ears. Ugh.

An earpiece came with our cellphones, and that is what I am left to use.

I gave it the first try a couple of weeks ago, and I dont see how it improves safety over a handheld phone. But greater minds than mine prevail in Illinois.

It took several minutes before I started the car to figure out how to plug the earpiece into the cellphone. Then I had to fairly jam the earpiece into my ear so it wouldnt fall out or puncture my eardrum, then I made the call to my wife, and then I started the car. By the time I was in reverse, I was talking on the phone hands free.

The call was amazingly clear compared to the last time I tried using an earpiece years ago. I could hear my wife and she could hear me. Amazing.
But I was afraid the earpiece would fall out if I moved my head too quickly, and thats enough to get into a crash. I am guessing the more I use the earphone, the more comfortable I will become, and it wont be long before it is second nature.

Just like riding a bike. Hands free.
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