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Don't Use Your Mobile Phone While Driving

Last updated  21 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 can seriously distract us when driving a vehicle.

Follow our advice to stay safe while 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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