Using a mobile phone, sat nav or any similar device whilst behind the wheel means that your attention is distracted from the road and the task of driving.
Almost half of all crashes in Leeds happen because someone didn’t look properly and whilst this is not always down to use of mobile phones, studies show that:
From 1 March 2017, the penalties will increase for those caught using a handheld phone while driving. Both the fine and penalty points will double: from £100 to £200 and from 3 to 6 points.
Most of us like to think of ourselves as safe and sensible road users who have no intention to put others at risk on the roads. It may seem harmless to make a quick call to let someone know you’re running late, or check out what’s happening on social media when you’re stuck in slow moving traffic or at the lights, but those few seconds take your concentration away from the road. It only takes a split second for circumstances to change – for a pedestrian or cyclist to cross your path or the driver in front to make an unexpected, unplanned manoeuvre.
An increased fine and penalty points may pale into insignificance when compared with having to live with the fact that you’ve injured another person through your own carelessness.
Take this driving challenge to see how your driving could be affected by using a mobile device.