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Don't Be Distracted By Your Mobile Phone

Last updated  18 May 2018

Mobile phones enable us to keep in touch with family and friends almost wherever we are. They also enable us to call the emergency services quickly and easily. But they also distract us and mean we aren’t always paying attention to what we are doing – this could be cooking in the kitchen or driving a vehicle.

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Here’s some reason why you should stay off your phone around the house and while driving and charge your phone safely.

Cooking

  • Don’t be distracted when cooking by using your mobile phone. Even a few seconds away from hot oil or cooking bacon can cause a fire.

  • Put your phone out of reach.

  • Switch it to silent mode.

  • If you answer the phone turn off the hob or grill immediately so heat does not build up and cause a fire, explain to your caller you are cooking.

  • The same rules apply if there’s someone at the front door or you have to leave the kitchen for another reason – turn off your cooking immediately.

Driving

  • It's illegal to use a handheld mobile when driving. This includes      using your phone to follow a map, read a text or check social media. This applies even if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
  • It is also illegal to use a handheld phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver.
  • You can only use a handheld phone if you are safely parked or need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop.
  • If you’re caught using a handheld phone while driving, you’ll get 6 penalty points on your license and a fine of £200. Points on your license will result in higher insurance costs.
  • If you get just 6 points in the first two years after passing your test, you will lose your license.
  • Using hands free (e.g. for navigation) is not illegal. However, if this distracts you and affects your ability to drive safely, you can still be prosecuted by the police.
  • Drivers using a hands-free or handheld mobile phone are slower at recognising and reacting to hazards.
  • Research shows you are four times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone and your reaction times are two times slower if you text and drive than if you drink drive, and this increases to three times if you use a handheld phone.
  • Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash.

Always:

  • Put your phone away before driving so you won’t be tempted to use it. Make the glove compartment the phone compartment.
  • Turn off notifications like email alerts or use silent notifications or set them to “do not disturb”.
  • Don't call other people when they're driving.
  • Use hands free devices responsibly.
If you are a passenger don’t distract the driver with your mobile phone.

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