Is it illegal to drive with your headphones on in Colorado?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 1:52 pm
Toddler wearing brightly colored jacket and listening to music through headphones in car

Headphone driving laws in Colorado

When you’re driving to and from work, or taking a little joy ride through the mountains, we’re betting that it’s important for you to have the perfect song playing as a fitting soundtrack to your adventure. However, if your aux cable isn’t working properly and your stereo isn’t outfitted with Bluetooth, it can be a challenge to get your music playing the way you want it. For this reason, many drivers might opt to just play their songs through headphones or earbuds, but is this okay? Today, we’ll take you through the headphone driving laws in Colorado so you can keep yourself entertained and free from any hassle!

Legality of headphone usage while driving in Colorado

We’ve got some bad news if you’re planning on using your Beats as a car speaker next time; any sort of listening device that could obstruct one or both of your ears is illegal for use while you drive in Colorado. Now, of course, there are plenty of reasons for this, which we’ll cover below.

Woman speaking into bluetooth headset while driving

Using hand to connect phone to car bluetooth system

Reasons to drive without headphones on

Driving with your headphones is a hot-button issue in many states, and it’s outright illegal in Colorado to cut down on the risk of distracted driving. With our era of easily-accessible entertainment in full effect, it can often be easy just to throw your earbuds in and head out for a day of driving. However, besides the obvious reasons why you shouldn’t, some other factors are in play. Some of these include:

  • With your headphones in, chances are that your music is the only thing you’ll be hearing. Because of this, you could be left oblivious to sirens blaring around you. This could end up with some hassle as firetrucks or police cars need to get by your vehicle in the event of an emergency.
  • Having loud music coming in through your headphones also decreases your ability to concentrate on what’s in front of you. This can be problematic if you’re driving in high-volume traffic areas, or roads with tight turns. In any case, it’s best just to let your music flow through your car speakers.

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