How Clued Up Are You About Using Mobile Phones Whilst Driving?

Living in the Digital Age has it’s positives with new and faster ways to keep up-to-date with friends and news.

However, living in a time where pretty much everyone has a mobile phone unknowingly puts our lives in danger everyday; whether it’s mobile phones distracting people when crossing the road or drivers scrolling through Facebook when at the wheel.

With 1 in 4 car accidents liked to drivers using their mobile phones at the wheel, harder legislation has been introduced to crack down on drivers under the influence of social media.

With more severe punishments being introduced, it’s important to be in the know when it comes to driving and mobile phone use. So how up to date are you about the punishments involved with using your mobile phone whilst driving?

Driving & Mobile Phone Use

It’s important to remember than the law is there to protect people and keep society safe, no-one is going out their way to make it harder for you to tweet because they can or want to…

The Law

Laws that prohibit drivers from using hand-held mobile phones have been in place since 2003 to protect society, originating with a £30 fine. Despite laws prohibiting drivers from using their phones at the wheel, mobile phone related car accidents are still increasing.

The penalties for using mobile phones whilst driving has now increased to 6 points on your licence and a £200 fine, effective from March 1st 2017. Now, thats an expensive text message!

Anyone caught using their phone whilst driving more than once in 3 years will face prosecution through the courts and could be banned from driving for 6 months to 3 years, with associated fines of up to £1000. If you’re a new driver, having passed your test in the last 2 years, then you could lose your licence all together.

The law still applies if you’re stopped at traffic lights, queuing in traffic and supervising a learner driver.

Exclusions

Whilst some electronic devices can distract drivers, not all are illegal to use whilst driving. With a bluetooth headset, voice command and a dashboard holder completely legal to use.

Mobile phones have massively revolutionised the world, enabling us to go out knowing that help is only a phone call away when in danger and that friends and family can contact us, easily in an emergency. Whilst we never agree with using your mobile phone whilst driving, we know that it is important to be contactable in the event of an emergency. To ensure that you’re contactable we recommend a blue-tooth headset over risking a text/making a call on your hand-held phone, to ensure you and the rest of the drivers on the road of kept out of danger.

Plantronics Voyager Legend Multipoint Bluetooth Headset Review

Plantronics Voyager Legend Multipoint Bluetooth Headset Review

For bluetooth headset recommendations, we recommend the Plantronics Voyager Legend Multipoint Bluetooth Headset from Halfords. The headset enables you to pick up calls in excellent quality with a comfortable design and fit around the ear.

The headset uses voice command to enable you to hear who’s calling, bonus if you’re blanking someones calls. It can even read out you texts and emails when commanded to, through voice command.

With this device you can call any of your contacts, listen and pause music, as well as listening to videos sent over Whatsapp and other communication apps. You can also make a call to any company registered to Google.

What’s most important is that the sound quality of the headset is fantastic, the quality is on par with a landline phone, clear as day.

The Plantronics Voyager Legend Multipoint Bluetooth Headset is ideal for anyone who works behind the wheel for long hours such as truck & van drivers, people who work up and down the country and people who commute into work. It’s also suitable for people who cycle, enabling them to be contactable when behind 2 wheels.

You can pick up the Plantronics Voyager Legend Multipoint Bluetooth Headset from Halfords for £69.99 whilst checking out  it’s ~5* rating from over 30 different people.

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