Because we are so used to grabbing our phones at a moment’s notice to do something, respond to a message or answer a call, it is easy to forget how distracting they are. But that is why it is illegal to use your mobile phone while you are driving.
In fact, since the last change of rules, if you are caught using a hand-held mobile phone or a similar device while driving, you get an automatic fixed penalty notice of six points and £200 fine. But if the case goes to court for any reason, that fine could be up to £1000 and you could be disqualified from driving. More than 26,000 motorists have been caught since the changes happened in March 2017 and 500 of those have had their license revoked due to their mobile phone use.
But are there situations where you can use your phone while driving? According to the RAC, you are allowed to use a phone if it is completely hands-free. That means you can operate it without touching it or even looking at it. If you have a voice assistant like Siri on your phone and you can instruct her to send a text, that’s okay. If you can answer the phone verbally, that’s okay. But if you have to press any buttons to take that call or send that text, leave it until you are parked up at home or work.
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