In many states, driving while talking on the phone is illegal unless the driver is using a hands-free device to connect to his or her phone so that he or she can keep both hands on the wheel while driving. A Bluetooth-enabled car stereo can connect to a mobile phone without using wires and allow drivers to hold phone conversations using their car stereo speakers.
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Locate the Bluetooth pairing code for your car stereo. The pairing code is a series of letters and numbers unique to your particular stereo. You can find the pairing code either on the stereo itself or in its instruction manual.
Start your car so that the stereo is receiving power.
Access the Bluetooth menu of your mobile phone (typically located under "Settings"), and select "Find a new device" from the available options.
Your phone will list all of the Bluetooth-enabled devices that are powered on near it. Select your car stereo from the list of devices that appears.
Enter in the pairing code for your car stereo into your phone. If you did not find a pairing code, try 0000.
Place a call while your car is on. Your phone will offer the on-screen option to use the headset or your stereo speakers. Select the speaker option to use them as a speakerphone while driving. Built-in Bluetooth speaker systems will also have a "Connect" button on the dash that can be pressed to indicate you would like to use your phone with your speakers. Press the "Connect" button after starting your car each trip to make your speakers the default for receiving calls or listening to music.
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