A large number of the vehicles on the market today contain Bluetooth technology. This allows devices such as your smartphone and tablet to connect to the vehicle’s audio system wirelessly. This makes it much easier to stay connected while on the road.
Safer for Calls
Being on the phone while driving is a problem because, whether you agree or not, it is a distraction and it causes accidents. However, Bluetooth will allow you to connect hands-free so you can still receive important calls while keeping your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel.
Easily Play Audio from Your Devices
Another one of the great benefits of having a vehicle that has Bluetooth available is that you can listen to your music, podcasts, and more without worrying about connecting any wires to the vehicle and the device.
How Does It Work?
Vehicles equipped with Bluetooth will allow your Bluetooth devices to sync with them, making the device usable through the vehicle’s audio system. It provides short-range wireless communication, allowing the devices to share data. Syncing the systems and setting them up is easy – once in the vehicle, simply turn on the Bluetooth function on your devices and make sure the vehicle’s audio system is on. They should find one another and sync. You should check your device manual and your vehicle manual if you have trouble getting the system to pair.
Make Sure the Vehicle and Device Are Compatible
If you are having issues pairing your device and your vehicle, it could be because they are not compatible with one another. All of the major auto manufacturers have lists of their compatibility with phones and devices. Most of the newer vehicles that are coming onto the market should be able to work with most devices though.
If you have an older vehicle that does not offer Bluetooth, you can always buy a universal Bluetooth kit and install it. You could also get stereo specific Bluetooth kits, or Bluetooth car speakerphones. These devices will make it possible for you to go wireless in your vehicle if that is something you want.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as 5 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Bluetooth and was authored by Valerie Johnston.