Driving with distractions

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.

“CAN YE NOT WAIT TEN MINUTES TO TELL DAN HE’S A MASSIVE NUGGET?”

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.