You probably know that New Hampshire now has a hands-free law, prohibiting drivers from holding phones, GPS units and other devices while driving. Currently, most states in the nation have some kind of restrictions on using hand-held devices; only three have no restrictions.
While the new law may affect your personal use of such devices, it can also impact that way you do business if your employees depend on such technology to do their work.
Brian Bouchard, writing in the NH Business Review, offers some thoughts about things to consider about the hands-free law and the way you and your employees communicate on the road.
· First, purchase hands-free input systems (such as Bluetooth) for those employees who must be available when on the road so they can continue using their electronic devices with voice input.
· Create a register to clearly explain the use of such devices.
· Update your vehicle safety and company car policies to reflect the law.
· Clearly communicate to employees the requirements of the law and the need to focus first on safe driving, not business activities.
· Contact your insurance company to see if the hands-free law impacts your business, along with what your insurance does and does not cover.
Read Bouchards’s complete article, “Hands-free in the 603” here: