Rules About Your Phone While Driving


Hello to all our amazing learners and seasoned drivers alike! It’s another day at BDS London, and today we're diving into a topic that has a lot of us buzzing – mobile phone use while driving. As much as we all love staying connected, it’s crucial to understand the rules, especially in bustling London, to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. So, let's get into it!

🚘 Why Worry About Phone Usage?

First things first, why the fuss? Mobile phones are a leading cause of distractions on the road. Even a quick glance can divert your attention long enough to miss vital cues, potentially leading to accidents. Safety first, always!

📵 The Basic Rule: Hands Off!

In the UK, it’s illegal to hold a phone or sat nav while driving or riding a motorcycle. You must have hands-free access such as:

  • A Bluetooth headset.
  • Voice command.
  • A dashboard holder or mat.
  • A windscreen mount.
  • Built-in sat nav.

🚦 Exceptions to the Rule:

If you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it's unsafe or impractical to stop, then you’re allowed to make that call. But let's hope none of us ever finds ourselves in that situation.

📱 Texting, Social Media, and Other Apps

While it might be tempting to quickly read that new message or check the latest post, resist the urge. It’s not just calls – any use of phones, including texting or scrolling, is a no-no unless you’re safely parked.

🚗 Smartwatches – What’s The Deal?

Just like phones, it's not a good idea to interact with your smartwatch while driving. Anything that takes your focus off the road, even for a split second, can be hazardous.

💷 Penalties For Using Your Phone

If caught using a handheld mobile while driving, you could get:

  • 6 penalty points on your licence.
  • A £200 fine.
  • And if you’ve passed your driving test in the last 2 years? You’d lose your licence.

For those driving buses or goods vehicles, the penalties are even more severe. And remember, if an incident occurs and it’s found that you were distracted by your phone, the consequences could be much more grave, both legally and morally.

Our Pro Tip:

The best way to avoid temptation? Turn on 'Do Not Disturb' mode or similar settings while driving. Many phones now have driving modes that send automatic replies to let people know you're behind the wheel. Stay safe and stay focused!

Driving in London (or anywhere for that matter) is a responsibility, and at BDS London, we want everyone to be the safest and best drivers they can be. Phones are a fantastic tool, but they have their time and place. Behind the wheel isn’t one of them. Safe travels everyone, and remember to keep those hands on the wheel and eyes on the road!

Stay tuned for more practical driving tips and advice. Happy motoring, and as always, remember that we're just a phone call away should you need any additional driving guidance or support.

📞 020 7390 0688

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