Well, here’s good news, and a bit of clarification about what you can do in your car with your phone without violating the hands free rules.
We actually now have a case on this. In People vs Spriggs, filed February 27, 2014, the Fifth District Court of Appeal held that a driver who – while stuck in traffic – took out his wireless phone to check a maps application to find a way around the heavy traffic did not violate Vehicle Code Sec. 23123(a), which prohibits use of a wireless phone for conversation unless a hands-free device is employed.
Glad that got cleared up:)