Things You Need to Know About Mobile Phones & Driving
It’s hard to forget lorry driver Tomasz Kroker scrolling through music on his mobile phone seconds before he crashed into a car, killing a Mum and three children. The warning is – don’t use a mobile phone while driving.
Tracy Houghton, 45, her sons Ethan, 13, and 11-year-old Josh, and stepdaughter Aimee Goldsmith, 11, were killed when Kroker ploughed into their stationary car from behind while they were waiting for traffic to move. He wasn’t paying attention.
In view that the Ministry of Justice is planning to pay lip service to insurance companies over personal injury claims, it’s highly unlikely that everybody’s motor insurance premiums will decrease, as the insurance companies have promised. It’s all a big lie.
Indeed our insurance premiums are likely to INCREASE and the insurance companies will blame this increase on Crashes for Cash and illegal mobile phone users. It is illegal to use mobile phones while driving. Even if you are waiting at traffic lights or a level-crossing – don’t do it.
If you have been convicted of phone use while driving you can expect a large increase to your insurance premium by as much as 25%. Some insurers may even refuse to insure you.
What you need to know about driving and using a mobile or smart device:
- Using a hands free kit is not illegal
- However, there is no hands free kit on the market that will allow you to send text messages or chat on WatsApp. Don’t do it.
- Facebook is devising an algorithm to detect if you are driving and using Facebook. (That’s not true but it would be good if it was!)
- Best advice is – Don’t use a mobile at all
- You can still get prosecuted for careless or dangerous driving, and many people do even when using hands free kits.
- If you’re sick of people using mobile phones whilst driving, and feel you’re put at risk by others’ negligence, buy a good dash cam then you can share videos of idiots on Facebook, You Tube and with the local Police.
- The penalty for using a smart device (including a mobile) whilst driving is 3 points and a £100 fine. Depending on the severity of your offence, if you go to a county court the magistrate may disqualify you and give you a larger fine of up to £2,500.
- If you are expecting an urgent call and the phone suddenly starts ringing while you’re driving… JUST PULL OVER AND STOP, the car.
- This one has already been mentioned but it’s the best one – Best advice is, don’t use a mobile at all.