A few years back I decided to make a conscious effort to drive safer despite the fact that distracted driver laws had not yet come into place in our part of the country. The best part about it, is that my productivity while commuting went through the roof (almost immediately). I’d like to show you how you can do the same thing:
Step 1. Buy a windshield mount.
Most walk away at this step because they can’t “see themselves using it”. My company provides a mount to each and every one of our valued clients and this is [almost] always the initial response. After a few days of use, 99% of these people change their stance to: “this thing is great!”.
There are an endless number of options out there however here is one suggestion: buy a quality mount. Doesn’t matter the brand, size, or colour, just make sure it’s easy to adjust and sturdy. A loose mount will kill your productivity if you spend half your time tightening and re-adjusting. This is the mount I chose to pick up (Amazon link).
Step 2. Free your hands.
Dedicate a set of good headphones to your car or purchase a quality hands-free kit (I prefer in-ear systems such as than speaker-based systems). I’ve had cars with built in bluetooth, owned dozens of bluetooth earpieces however I tend to always revert to my plain ‘ol white Apple headphones. They’re easy to take in and out and offer great quality audio to both ends of the conversation. If you have a budget to work with, this is my current solution: Plantronics Voyager Pro UC (best bluetooth headset I’ve tested).
Step 3. Power up.
Dedicate a charging cable to your car. I can’t stress how important this is. Without a dedicated cable, you’ll forget it and will end up cutting your productivity short for fear of a dwindling battery. Been there, done that too many times.
As part of this new setup, I made a few other changes such as call lists, app shortcuts, and some general phone customization however more on this in another post.
What tools do you use to drive [safely] while being productive? Let me know in the comments below.