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Driving and cell phones
Driving And Cell Phones

It used to be that driving while talking on your mobile wasn't a problem. It wasn't unusual to see people reach for their mobiles while keeping one hand on the wheel and half an eye on the road. However, concerns about mobile phones and driving soon led to a change, as it was feared that people who were using handsets couldn't be paying enough attention to conditions on the road. After all, you need both hands to drive, so if one hand is holding your phone, then you can't be safe. The frequent use of mobile phones and driving has led to increased concerns about mobile phone safety.

Mobile phone safety rules

These days, there are new rules governing mobile phone safety and driving, and it is now illegal to pick up the phone when driving. Since December 2003, it has been an offence to use a handheld mobile phone while driving in the UK. Don't think that you can make a quick call while you wait for the lights to change, either, because that's illegal too, and so is picking up the phone when you're stuck in traffic.

Keeping within the law

With the new laws on mobile phones and driving, it's just not worth the risk. If you are caught driving while talking on your mobile, you could get three points on your licence and a fixed penalty fine of £30. If you are taken to court because of the offence, your fine could amount to £1,000 and drivers of buses, goods vehicles, or coaches would pay even more. And that's just the beginning. You could be prosecuted for dangerous or careless driving; if convicted, you could go to prison for two years or be banned from driving for a period.

The key point when it comes to mobile phone safety is that you have to be in full control of your vehicle when driving. That means no:

  • texting

  • playing games

  • browsing the internet

  • scrolling through your photos

  • looking at videos

  • carrying out any other activities which mean holding a mobile phone while driving.

So what's the answer?

Going hands-free

Getting a hands-free car kit is a partial solution. In this case, hands free means totally hands free. You can touch a button to answer a call while the phone is held in a cradle, but that's all in terms of mobile phones and driving. If you have to pick the phone up to operate it, then you are contravening the mobile phone safety laws. Even with a hands free set, if you are involved in an accident, the fact that you were driving while talking on your mobile could count against you.

That said, if you must be talking in the car, your best option for mobile phone safety while driving is to get a hands free kit. These vary considerably. Some kits can be wired into the car. Many company cars use this as an option, especially now that it is illegal for companies to require employees to make and take phone calls when driving. Some car kits plug into the cigarette lighter, while others attach to your phone with a headset (like a Bluetooth headset) that you can stick in your ear.

Note: There is one exception to this mobile phones and driving rule, and that's making an emergency call. An emergency call is a call to an emergency number, and if you genuinely have to make it while driving, you shouldn't be prosecuted when it comes to driving while talking on your mobile in terms of mobile phone safety.

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