Tips for Using Bluetooth in the Car

BY Scott C. Benjamin / POSTED January 27, 2011
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OK. So I’m guessing that by now most of you know at least a little something about Bluetooth technology, correct? Well then, at least you’ve heard about Bluetooth technology, right? Well, just in case you answered no to either one of those questions, here’s a super-fast way to get up-to-speed on what it’s all about. And if you took the time to follow that link, then you’ll understand why Bluetooth technology has been a very popular feature in cars and trucks ever since its introduction in 1998. Whether installed at the factory or as an aftermarket upgrade to your existing in-car system, connecting your electronic devices wirelessly (and automatically) has never been easier.
(I know that sounds a little salesy, but it’s true.)

But maybe you aren’t quite sure how to get the most out of your Bluetooth devices. In fact, you might be having trouble using the system at all. As Joanne Helperin, Consumer Marketing Director and Blog Editor at askpatty.com reported recently, “According to a new study by General Motors, 55 percent of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners aren’t taking advantage of the Bluetooth-enabled system in their vehicle.” What that really means is that there are a lot of drivers out there that are still driving while holding a phone up to their ear. It’s dangerous and, if you have a Bluetooth-equipped cell phone (which, most people do by now), it’s entirely unnecessary.

Do a quick Google search for “Bluetooth Tips” and you’ll find (as I did) that tips for using Bluetooth in your car can range from tips regarding choosing Bluetooth devices, to aftermarket-kit selection, do-it-yourself installation tips, how to get the best results from a Bluetooth system, troubleshooting the system…the  list goes on and on and on. Really.

Tara Baukus Mello, a Motor Trend Radio news anchor, wrote a short piece for CNET Reviews that seems to have all the bases covered — plus a couple of other cool tips about how to “Geek your Car,” like how to hook up an MP3 player and a GPS navigation unit. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for there, try here.

And when you’re finally ready to have a little fun with your new Bluetooth system, take a look at the HowStuffWorks.com articles listed below. Also, don’t forget that you can keep up with CarStuff on our Facebook page and on our Twitter feed, too. Let us know what you think!

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