Tempted to use your Mobile Phone at the wheel? Think again!
We want all drivers who lease a car from us to enjoy using their vehicle worry-free from the day it is delivered to the last day of your contract. The last thing anyone wants is to lose their licence by using their mobile phone at the wheel but this is now a real possibility.
So – What has changed?
Using a mobile phone when driving has been made as socially unacceptable as drink-driving from 1st May 2017. The penalty has now been doubled so drivers run the risk of getting six points and a £200 fine. So just two offences in three years mean drivers run the risk of losing their licence. Newly qualified drivers only have to be caught once to suffer the same fate.
What is the current Mobile Phone law?
You can only use a mobile phone if it is completely hands free. Therefore you CANNOT pick it up and use it, even for a brief moment. Should you need to use a phone for sat-nav the phone must be fixed to the windscreen or dashboard. It’s also worth remembering that the police still have the power to stop you If they believe you have been distracted by your phone whilst driving, even if it’s fully hands-free. So it’s clear, only use your phone when safely parked and that does not include being in a traffic jam or sitting at traffic lights.
Tips to avoid using your mobile phone
When embarking on a journey place the phone in your pocket, bag or glove compartment with the sound off. By doing so you lessen the risk of being distracted by it. Try using the ‘do not disturb’ mode or alternatively simply turn the phone off for the duration of your journey. And if this seems an unrealistic thing to do its worth bearing the figures in mind. In 2015 the figures show that 22 people were killed and 99 seriously injured in the UK alone in road accidents where mobile phones were a contributing factor.
Keeping us informed
If you are caught out then you need to let us know. It is part of your agreement with us to have the vehicle fully insured at all times and we keep on file your driving licence details. Any changes need to be reported to us by calling us on 01952 427771. Alternatively you can use the contact form on our website here.