Reduce risk with hands-free communication
Time, Money and Distractions
Keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Align your safety practices with the law by using Kenwood two-way radios.
It’s essential for commercial vehicle drivers to keep in close contact with dispatchers. But, as concerns about distracted driving grow, governments across Canada have introduced legislation to prohibit cell phone use while driving. Fleet owners also have a heightened awareness about how safety incidents impact service commitments, maintenance costs and insurance rates. How can businesses steer clear of these risks? Communicating hands-free with two-way radios.
Obviously, the days of happily squawking away on the CB mile after mile are long gone. Yet, most distracted driving legislation does permit the use of mobile devices under specific conditions: a device must be within easy reach, activated with a single push of a button, and then used hands-free. Distinct from smartphones, two-way radios, hand-microphone (push-to-talk systems) and portable radios (“walkie-talkies”) can be clipped to the driver’s belt or attached to his/her clothing, so long as the portable radio is not held while driving.
Already, technology has begun to make hands-free communication the default approach — rather than a forced habit. The integration of today’s advanced digital radio systems with capabilities like GPS, electronic logging and fleet tracking is allowing drivers to use voice communication more effectively than ever for situations where only voice-to-voice contact between driver and dispatcher will do. At the same time, dispatchers are delivering an increasing proportion of non-urgent digital text messages.