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Can You Drive while Wearing Headphones?

Have you ever gotten into the driver's seat and put on headphones to listen to music? Have you ever wondered if this action was legal? As you should know by now, when you're behind the wheel, your main priority should be safety. Not only could driving with headphones be illegal, but doing so could also interfere with your safe driving techniques. Learn more!

The Big Question: Legal or Illegal?

You're probably wondering if wearing headphones when you're behind the wheel is illegal, right? Though you may think this is a safe method to listening to music as your hands will be free of all distractions, the law really depends on where you live. For example, there are various states that have made it illegal to drive while wearing headphones. However, in other areas, the action is completely allowed.

Interestingly enough, there are some states who allow headphones, but with tight stipulations. In the State of Arizona, driving with headphones is only illegal for school bus drivers and those who drive vehicles that transport children. Another exception to the rule in various states includes being allowed to have only one ear covered by headphones. These states include: California, New York, and Ohio. Of course, in most states, headphones are allowed in the case of emergency or when used to amplify hearing.

It's Important to Listen

When you're behind the wheel, you must pay attention. One way you should pay attention is to listen. There are a variety of things you should always be concerned with hearing, including: trains, fire trucks, police sirens, and ambulances. If you're driving with headphones, then you may have trouble being alerted of what's coming into your surroundings. Therefore, if you can avoid using them, it might be the safest option to leave the headphones in the glove box or somewhere else where they will be out of reach.

Drive with Caution

If you're in the driver's seat, then make sure to drive with caution. Of course, if you're practicing safe driving techniques, then you may need to take off your headphones. Don’t only do you want to avoid breaking the law, but you will also want to do everything you can from being involved in an accident. Stay safe!


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