Added: 22 January 2019
Figures released by the Department for Transport have revealed that there are unacceptably high levels of illegal phone use among drivers. 37% of drivers believe the chance of getting caught is minimal and 52% are not concerned about the impact of getting caught.
However, at Day’s Motor Group, we believe that getting caught and fined should not be the main deterrent to using your mobile when driving. The fact that your mobile phone is potentially lethal when used behind the wheel should be the main reason you leave it in your bag or glove box.
As Neil Worth, Road Safety Officer at GEM Motoring Assist says, “Being distracted while driving - whether by something inside the car, something outside the car, something inside your head or an action that’s not connected with the primary task of driving - is a major cause of crashes and road deaths.
“It is irresponsible and puts not only your own safety at risk, but the safety of those who happen to be sharing the road space with you.”
GEM has a number of simple tips regarding mobile phones and driving:
You’re allowed to use a mobile phone when you are safely parked, with the engine off and the handbrake on.
Do not pick up your phone in any other driving situation, including when you’re stationary at traffic lights or queueing in traffic.
The only exception to this is if it’s an emergency and it would be unsafe or impractical to stop, in which case you may call 999.
Don’t assume that using a hands-free kit means you have dealt with the risk. You are still allowing yourself to be distracted from the task of safe driving, and you could still be prosecuted for not being in control (an offence that carries a £100 fine and three penalty points).
Take a few minutes before a journey to make important calls or to check voice messages and emails.
Plan long journeys to build in breaks from driving, where you can call, text or email or interact with social media in a safe environment.
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