Using your phone while driving

We have seen an introduction of new driving rules that mean bigger fines and penalty points if you are caught on your phone.

Any drivers caught using their phone will be fined £200 and find six points slapped on their licence.

Apparently if you are caught with a device behind the wheel you will also no longer have the option to take a driver education course instead of taking the points.

These rules, which are in force from March 1, also affected parents using child car seats.

The new safety regulations must be followed by manufacturers, meaning some models pf car seats have been taken off the market.

Here’s a few tips to cover your ass:

Using your phone in the car?

You cannot use a mobile phone or tablet while you are behind the wheel.

This includes if you are stopped at lights or queuing in traffic, and you are not allowed to use your phone when the engine is running but you are parked up. So if you need to make that call you better switch off the engine.

The only exception is if a driver needs to call 999 in an emergency and it is unpractical or unsafe to stop, they can use their mobile phone.

Using your phone as a  sat nav?

You can but only under the following conditions:

It is secured in a holder correctly
You cannot touch or re-programme the device while driving

Can I touch the screen to answer a phone call or change music?

No, you cannot touch any buttons on your phone while in control of the car.

What about hands-free kits?

Yes you can, but again you cannot touch any button on your device while driving.

It is also important to remember that if the police think you are not in control of your vehicle while using hands-free – they can fine you £200 and hand you six penalty points.

 

My boss needs to speak to me on the phone while I’m driving, who’s responsible?

Ok but can I eat, drink or smoke when driving?

It is legal for you to eat or drink while driving.

Although you can be prosecuted for careless driving if they are distracted by food or drink.

And it is not illegal to smoke or vape in the car but it can be factored into a careless driving charge.

And remember, you cannot smoke in a car if anyone in the vehicle is under the age of 18.

Stay safe out there guys.

L.D

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