Young drivers distractions campaign

Distractions related content:

Driving with distractions

Becoming distracted in the car is a significant contributory factor in road casualties amongst 20 – 29 year olds. If you’re determined to stay safe, do yourself a favour and drive like Gran’s in the car. #ARRIVEALIVE

Driving with mates in the car

Driving needs 100% concentration. Being distracted by mates reduces your ability to stay in control of your car.

Don’t try and impress your mates by taking unnecessary risks or driving too fast for the conditions. No one will be impressed if you crash. Drive your mates the way you’d drive your Gran.

Using a phone for music or sat nav

If you’re using your phone for music or sat nav, sort it out before you set off. You shouldn’t touch it when you’re driving (even if it’s mounted).

You can get 6 points on your licence and a £200 fine for using your phone – and that includes switching music or changing your sat nav.

Using a phone while driving

You should never use your phone while driving (or stopped at traffic lights). Doing so could mean 6 points on your licence and a £200 fine. If you do need to check it – stop and park somewhere safe, away from the road.

It’s good practice to put your phone on silent before you begin your journey. That way you won’t be tempted to sneak a glance at it.


Calling someone on speakerphone

Ideally, you should not use your phone at all while driving as the call distracts you from the primary task of driving the car.

A two-second lapse in concentration is all it takes, so it’s not worth the risk.

From 25th March 2022 it became an offence to lift a mobile phone while driving, for any purpose.

Breaking this law means you could receive up to six penalty points and a £200 fine. Worse still, you could lose your licence if you only passed your test within the previous two years.

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