As of August 1, Minnesota goes hands free while driving a vehicle.  But what exactly does that mean?  Well, there are some things that are ok when using your phone while driving.

Close up of woman driving car and texting on mobile phone.
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You can also use your phone with a head set or ear buds as long as one ear is free.  And there are a couple of other technicalities:


And then the question comes up regarding smart watches.  Can you check those?  The answer is yes, you can.  You can check the time, and any text message that comes in.  You just cannot answer the text unless you pull over, and then text your answer.


We'll see what happens when we get to August 1st, but it's probably a good habit to get into now... before the law actually goes into effect.

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