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Mobile Phones

Follow these simple steps to stay the right side of the law and to stay alive:

using phone at wheel

The facts

  • You are four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone while driving
  • Reaction times for drivers using a phone are around 50% slower than normal driving
  • Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split second lapse in concentration could result in a crash

The law

  • It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile when driving on the road. If you are caught, you could be fined and lose your licence and your insurance premiums could go up.

Our advice

  • Don’t make or answer calls when you’re driving. All phone calls distract the driver’s attention from the road
  • It’s illegal to use a hand-held mobile when driving on the road even if you’ve stopped at traffic lights or are stuck in a traffic jam or in a car park. All these situations are covered by the legal definition of ‘driving on the road’.
  • Park safely before using your mobile phone. Do not park on the hard shoulder of the motorway
  • Don’t call other people when they’re driving. If you call someone and they tell you they are driving; ask them to call you back when they have parked up safely.