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.

For more information on road safety in Somerset, please visit www.somersetroadsafety.org.

You can also find Somerset Road Safety on Facebook www.facebook.com/somersetroadsafety, Twitter www.twitter.com/SCC_RoadSafety, or Instagram www.instagram.com/somersetroadsafety.

 

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