No Mobile When Mobile!

26 Jan 2018

Almost a quarter of drivers admitted to using a mobile phone to make or take a call in 2017 according to a report by the RAC and it’s an unfortunate fact that many drivers feel the temptation to use their phone too great to resist. However, drivers that use a mobile device, whether hand-held or hands-free, are slower at recognising and reacting to hazards and four times more likely to be involved in a collision.

It’s illegal to use a hand-held mobile when driving, this includes using your phone to text, check social media or follow a map, and the law still applies even if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic. It’s also illegal to use a handheld phone while supervising a learner driver.

Many believe that a quick glance at their phone won’t hurt without realising just how far they travel while not concentrating on the road ahead; a 2 seconds glance at 30mph will leave a driver distracted for 7 car lengths!

If you’re caught using your phone while driving you’ll receive 6 penalty points on your licence and a £200 fine. It’s worth remembering that if you get 6 points on your licence in the first 2 years after passing your driving test you’ll lose your licence.

A simple piece of advice to avoid the temptation of using your phone is to keep it in your vehicle’s glove box while driving and if you have to make/take a call make sure you pull over to a safe place first. It’s also a good idea to activate your phone’s ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ feature before starting your journey.

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