Is It Illegal To Wear Headphones While Driving

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Is it illegal to wear headphones while driving
The alarming rate of an accident due to mobile phones had prompted the authority world over to ban using any form of communication that required holding a hand held device when a person is behind the wheel. But that doesn’t stop many from using headphones to talk even when they are mobile. Recently, I was walking down the park, when I saw a guy narrowly missing a little boy by a whisker. A little away, a policeman stopped him because he suspected the man to be talking through his headphone. This set me thinking about whether it is legal to wear headphones while driving.

A lot of research later, I am still a little undecided.

On a global scale, a lot many countries have no prohibition whatsoever on using headphones while driving. Yet, there are quite a few countries that have explicit laws banning talking on the phone in addition to the usage of headphones, ear phones, earbuds et al. For instance, in NSW, per their traffic rules, using headphones is not a crime per se but it is considered dangerous nevertheless. The truant can be prosecuted if he causes an accident.

The prohibition may be strict albeit very practical:

A driver behind the wheel has to be excessively alert while navigating. It is highly probable that if he is talking to someone on his phone with either a wireless or corded headphone that he gets carried away with it and become less alert and aware of the traffic conditions surrounding him.

It is not just dangerous for self but also to others.

It is obvious that if the driver is wearing an ear phone or an earbud or a headphone, it is going to dull and considerably block the sound of horns and sirens around him. There is a good chance even that if he listening to music, he gets carried away at the moment and is not able to concentrate on the road ahead. Is not able to take the right decision in life altering situations? This is how most accidents happen. It is too late to realize that it could have been averted only if the driver had parked the vehicle near the sidewalk if taking the call was sine quo-non.

Is hearing an important cognition for driving?

I realized that it all boils down to conclusively arriving at the fact that even though hearing may not directly be cognition necessary for driving, still, being able to catch sounds from co vehicles is important not just of the self but also for the safety of others that are using the road. Headphones While Driving is Dangerous

Compromising on the safety of co-travelers is not a done thing.

A comprehensive study of the laws in various countries presented quite some confusion. But it was assuring to know that a lot of federal states within the US alone had a ban on drivers using ear phones or headsets that were connected to devices that were capable of audio broadcast receipt and sound recording devices. There is a very heavy fine that is associated with law breakers. In some of the states where headphones are categorically banned for safety reasons, allow motorcycle helmets that come built with headphones that support wireless hands free communication system. Also some of them do not mind if the drivers wear earbuds or sound devices that need to be fitted over the ear lobe so that the hearing canal is not completely blocked. States such as West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Vermont, Utah, Rhode Island and Texas have completely prohibited the use of headphones behind the wheel. They do not even allow bikers to use helmets fitted with wireless headphones built inside. Some of the states have an exception to the rules. If the headphone is connected to a device that is singly helping in navigating the motor vehicle then it is allowed. In Ohio, ear phone or bud in one ear only is allowed and in Arizona, motor vehicles that are used for transporting children and seniors are strictly prohibited from drivers using any form of communication where they would be likely to cover their ears. Consequently, school bus drivers cannot in any circumstance afford to wear a headphone and evade police scrutiny. It all boils down to the fact that wearing a device that covers any one of the senses like a headphone can mean distraction from the road and also slower reactions in unexpected traffic conditions. It is not a great idea because it can limit the hearing and is considered extremely dangerous for people who should be alert and awake every minute that they are behind the wheel.

how to wear over-ear headphones properly

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How to Wear Over Ear Headphones
I am sure that headphones are not just a matter of convenience for many of us. At least for people like me, who find it often uncomfortable. Anything can be worked upon with some amount of homework and it holds the same for earphones too. With a few tried and tested methods I would suggest these ways to make your headphones stay properly in your ears that you don’t have to worry about it. Before trying out the methods of wearing over earphones in the right way let me tell you that there are certain advantages to it though they are bulky. One great benefit which has worked out well for me is that the sound quality is simply great compared to the in-ear headphones. Moreover, when you have to travel in public places it cuts unnecessary noise from the external environment. When buying your over-ear headphones make sure that the ear padding is made of good material so that they do not get hot when you tend to use it for a longer period of time. Trying out the product physically in stores instead of shopping online would be a great suggestion as you will come to know of the comfort and discomfort you would face which cannot be done on a trial and error method in online shopping. noise canceling headphones It is undeniable that music sounds great with a headphone that is of good quality than when you listen to it by turning on the speaker. Identifying what is the problem with your headphone is one of the sure ways to rectify it. If your earphone keeps falling often then this method is sure to help you.
  • Find out the markings on the ear cups ‘L’ and ‘R’ which stands for Left and Right respectively. Many of the over ear headphones come with these markings. Adjust the band and to fit in snugly so that you do not experience any discomfort. Moreover most of the over ear headphones come with adjustable band that you can make use of. Placing them by covering your ears completely gives you amazing sound quality because it blocks the external sound. If you wear jewels on your ear try removing it so that you do not face any distress. When buying a headphone make sure that it comes with an extension facility so that in case you have to extend the length of it, it gets done easily.
  • As the next step place the headband right in the middle of your head and then the cups on your ears. Then it is time to adjust the size according to your comfort or the size of your head and so on. (https://www.lifewire.com/why-headphones-fit-4120070)
  • When you wear glasses then there are problems here too. You tend to have aches because of the pressure given by the headphones. This problem could be faced because you are wearing glasses. It can be resolved by choosing a frame that is thinner so that there is less force when you have your headphones on.
  • The clamping force, that is, the amount of pressure applied on the surface of your ear is another issue that you might be facing when you are using over ear headphones. This can be reduced by trying to expand the width of the earphones. Say for example try to place a few books together or the desired width you would like to have for comfortably wearing your headphones. Place the ear cups of your phones on either side of the books so that they expand gradually. Once you are done with this then your earphones are fitted properly in your ears with no trouble at all.
When compared to the in-ear models, the over-ear headphones are the best choice. The comfort that they offer is incomparable and your ears would definitely thank you for having chosen such a product. Another great advantage is that there is less number of chances of what you hear leaks out. The noise does not get out easily making your private space better. For an unbeatable quality of music and for the comfort of your ears the over ear headphones are the best. Moreover it fits in snugly on your ears.