Driving with distractions

Becoming distracted in the car is one of the main contributory factors 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. #DriveSmart


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 road conditions. No-one will be impressed if you crash. Drive your mates the way you’d drive your Gran.

Using a phone while driving

You should never use your phone while driving (or at traffic lights). 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 (or better still, aeroplane mode) before you begin your journey. That way you won’t be tempted to sneak a glance at it.


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).

In the same vein, you shouldn’t adjust your in-car music or sat nav system while driving. If you need to do so, the advice is always to stop somewhere safe first.


Calling someone on speakerphone

You should never lift your phone while driving.

If you need to find a contact and can’t do this without lifting your phone, you shouldn’t call anyone – even if you then put them on speaker. Unfortunately, a two-second lapse in concentration is all it takes.