It’s all too easy to do we hear a text or call come in, and many drivers are tempted to sneak a peek. However quick the glance, using a handheld mobile device is extremely dangerous – not to mention illegal
A new law (from 1st March) means that drivers can be slapped with a £200 fine and six penalty points. This means that according to the New driver act your licence will be revoked if you get 6 or more points within 2 years of passing your test.
Recently I attended a course called ” The Honest Truth” – a fantastic campaign that promotes the phrase “SMALL CHANGES SAVE LIVES” (The Honest Truth road safety charity is working to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads.) One of these small changes can be to switch off your mobile phone when you get into the car.
It is proven that drivers who use a mobile phone whether hand-held or hands-free:
- are four times more likely to crash, injuring or killing themselves and/or other people
- are much less aware of what’s happening on the road around them
- fail to see road signs
- fail to maintain proper lane position and steady speed
- are more likely to ‘tailgate’ the vehicle in front
- react more slowly and take longer to brake
- are more likely to enter unsafe gaps in traffic
- feel more stressed and frustrated.
So lets make the change and switch off our phones when driving.