Can I use a walkie-talkie while driving?

My friends and I are going on an epic summer road trip and we’re going to take two different cars. To stay in communication on the trip, we thought bringing walkie-talkies might be fun. Can you legally use a walkie-talkie while driving?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
An epic summer road trip with friends creates memories that last for a lifetime. Plus, it gives you opportunities for fun ideas—like walkie-talkies! And more good news: you can use a walkie-talkie while driving in 26 states.
In the other 24 states, walkie-talkies are a bit of a gray area. None of these laws explicitly prohibit walkie-talkies or two-way radios. However, they state that any use of a handheld device can result in a ticket for
distracted driving
or careless driving.
If you’re passing through states where handheld devices are illegal to use while driving, just hand the walkie-talkie off to one of your passengers. By doing so, you aren’t liable for a ticket and you can still get all the information and banter you need for an enjoyable trip.
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towing and labor coverage
. This is an add-on option for your car insurance policy that functions just like roadside assistance. But to get the best price and save money for roadside attractions and oddities, make sure you shop around for the best rate with the
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