Electronic distractions while driving

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Hang up and drive! That’s what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recommending to drivers … and they’re getting automakers to heed their advice. I’m Janet Stauble with your Bankrate.com Personal Finance Minute.

The NHTSA has proposed a set of guidelines for automakers to limit the distraction risk for electronic devices in cars.

The recommendations include making electronic devices such as smartphones and GPS systems easier and less time consuming to operate, as well as completely disabling any visual-manual versions of: text messaging, Internet browsing, social media browsing, 10-digit phone dialing and entry of an address into the navigation system, among others, unless the device is intended for passenger use only or unless the car is in park.

NHTSA may also issue a set of recommendations that address voice-activated versions of these systems and other in-car gadgets.

To stave off those who bring cell phones, tablets, portable navigation systems and other electronic devices into their cars, NHTSA is also considering future guidelines that recommend limiting the use of these items in the car.

For more on this and other financial news, visit Bankrate.com. I’m Janet Stauble.