Operating CMV With Handheld Device

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Chief Brody's Comment
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I have my Blue Parrot headset connected to my phone. And I have my phone connected through the truck audio via Bluetooth. I can send and receive text messages hands-free. So no need to touch my phone at all for texting.

Zen Joker (Andy)'s Comment
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Have what may be a dumb question but wanna ensure strict compliance with regulations should I get any phone calls.

Does anyone just use speakerphone versus a Bluetooth headset? Is that even an option or is it not practical due to noise inside the truck? Or is it most practical just to avoid phone calls all together while driving?

Trying to get together a list of needs and creature comforts to purchase before going to CDL training in March and just wanted feedback on this before sinking over $100 into a Bluetooth headset.

Thanks 👍

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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My $200 Blue Parrot 550 headset sucks and constantly disconnects so I have used speaker phone, people van generally hear me on and I keep the phone in the cup holder in a mount.

A cheap headset would probably be a good investment though. You don't need to drop $100 or more right away

Zen Joker (Andy)'s Comment
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Thanks Bobcat 👍

My $200 Blue Parrot 550 headset sucks and constantly disconnects so I have used speaker phone, people van generally hear me on and I keep the phone in the cup holder in a mount.

A cheap headset would probably be a good investment though. You don't need to drop $100 or more right away

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Just an additional note:

Policies vary by company. Just as an example, Schneider has a no phone call while driving policy, even with a Bluetooth headset. For whichever company you drive, always make sure that you are in compliance with company policy.

Zen Joker (Andy)'s Comment
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Thanks Ryan...duly noted.

Just an additional note:

Policies vary by company. Just as an example, Schneider has a no phone call while driving policy, even with a Bluetooth headset. For whichever company you drive, always make sure that you are in compliance with company policy.

G-Town's Comment
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I’d place the purchase of a BlueTooth on the back burner. You won’t be able to use it during school or subsequent road training. Revisit once you’ve been elevated to solo status and like Ryan said; check your employers phone policy.

Have what may be a dumb question but wanna ensure strict compliance with regulations should I get any phone calls.

Does anyone just use speakerphone versus a Bluetooth headset? Is that even an option or is it not practical due to noise inside the truck? Or is it most practical just to avoid phone calls all together while driving?

Trying to get together a list of needs and creature comforts to purchase before going to CDL training in March and just wanted feedback on this before sinking over $100 into a Bluetooth headset.

Thanks 👍

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Zen Joker (Andy)'s Comment
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10-4 G-Town. Thanks!

I’d place the purchase of a BlueTooth on the back burner. You won’t be able to use it during school or subsequent road training. Revisit once you’ve been elevated to solo status and like Ryan said; check your employers phone policy.

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Have what may be a dumb question but wanna ensure strict compliance with regulations should I get any phone calls.

Does anyone just use speakerphone versus a Bluetooth headset? Is that even an option or is it not practical due to noise inside the truck? Or is it most practical just to avoid phone calls all together while driving?

Trying to get together a list of needs and creature comforts to purchase before going to CDL training in March and just wanted feedback on this before sinking over $100 into a Bluetooth headset.

Thanks 👍

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Delco Dave's Comment
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I use these JBL bluetooth headphones. I put the right side one in my ear in case I need to take a call or call my dispatch. I have the phone set up for voice command through siri for hands free dialing. You just tap the headphone to answer or end a call. Could probably send a text as well but never bothered to try. They run $20-30 bucks.

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Davy A.'s Comment
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I'd caution that even with hands free voice activation, phone calls can be distractions. They can divert your attention and mental focus. I keep mine to a minimum while driving.

I do have a cheaper Blue Parrot. I also have my audio routed through the truck radio for media. I also have my Garmin truck GPS connected via Bluetooth to the phone. The GPS and headset will sometimes battle for which one gets phone calls. Once your Bluetooth mapping is complete, the phone will remember which channels go to which devices but ypu periodically need to reset them.

I have Google assistant set up for opening apps, such as maps, trucker path, noaa streaming services, pandora, etc. Also will handle texts, phone calls, location and weather inquiries, etc. I have the phone mounted on a magnetic inductive charging mount and run trucker path and maps on it. Everything is voice controlled, as is my garmin and my dash cam.

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