Using your phone behind the wheel has always been frowned upon, and it became a law in 2003, that if caught you would face penalty points and a fine. Unfortunately this didn’t seem to act as much of a deterrent, so as of tomorrow, 1st March if you are caught using your phone you will receive a staggering six points on your licence and a £200 fine, double the previous penalty. For those of you that have been driving less than two years, getting caught could see you could lose your licence altogether.
Driving distracted is a well-known problem across the UK, and drivers have been caught for a whole host of offences. However the use of the mobile phone while driving appears to be the most common offence. You may think that sending a text or changing the music on your phone doesn’t distract them from driving, but even a second glance away from the road can increase your risk of having an accident.
How to stop getting caught
It may seem like you can’t go without your phone when driving, but you can! Place it in the glovebox, or your handbag, or anywhere out of sight where you won’t be tempted to reach for it. If you need to make a call that just can’t wait pull over into a safe place and switch your engine off, make your call and then resume your journey. You can also purchase a hands-free set, while it could see you distracted it will reduce the risk of an accident.
Added: 28 February 2017