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Using Your Phone Whilst Driving

Using your mobile phone whilst driving is one of the most dangerous distractions for people behind the wheel of a Vehicle. In the UK it is the law that you must not use a phone whilst driving unless it is connected to one of the following:

Bluetooth Headset - This is where your mobile phone can be connected to the car wirelessly so that calls can be answered through the vehicle rather than having to touch the hand held device.

Voice control - Is a feature where you can press a button in your vehicle and ask questions like call home or ask for directions to your destination to prevent any distractions.

Dashboard holder or matt - this is to hold the phone in place and dose not mean you can use it whilst driving it can allow your built in sat nav to function to guide you to a destination.

Apple car play or Android auto - this mirrors the phones functions in to the vehicles infotainment system to turn it almost in to a phone on wheels.

Windscreen holder - It is safe to have your phone in a windscreen holder if it has a built in sat nav but remember to programme the destination in only when you are safely parked otherwise you will be breaking the law.

To remain safe on the roads your phone must not block your view of driving or create any distractions. If the Police think you are distracted or not in control of the vehicle then they have the right to stop you which can lead to prosecution if you are disobeying the Law.

In case you didn't know there are only 2 circumstances that you can use a mobile when you are sat in a vehicle which are if you need to call the emergency services whilst it is unsafe to stop or if you are parked safely with no keys in the ignition.

It is important to be aware that you would still be breaking the law if you used your phone whilst stationary in traffic, stopped at traffic lights and even when supervising a learner driver.

It only takes a split second when driving to become distracted and cause an accident so it is best practice to keep your Mobile out of site to prevent any temptation of answering a call or replying to a tex message.

New laws generally give the automotive industry a direction to push in the way they innovate technologies to keep everyone safe whilst making peoples lives easier. Apple car play / Android auto has been introduced with most vehicle manufacturers in recent years which is being developed further to ensure its uses follow legal guidelines. If you are looking at a new car with one of these fantastic features it allows you to have all of the features your used to but built in to the cars infotainment system to keep drivers safe whilst preventing any distractions.

We would recommend this new technology to be added to your next purchase as it is great to use but keeps you and your passengers safe on the road.

The UK government are taking this law very seriously. Police are clamping down developing new ways of catching offending drivers out. If you are caught using your mobile phone whilst driving the minimum penalty is 6 points and a £200 fine. If you are caught within 2 years of passing a driving test then the licence will be lost on top of the fines you must pay.

If you have any questions or need more information on new car technologies included in different makes and models of vehicle then give us a call to speak with our team of experts on 01625 568 612 or email sales@letstalkfinance.co.uk

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