The truth about being on your phone whilst driving!
15 November 2022
We have all been in the car when your phone chirps telling you a text or message has come in. It so tempting to answer it. After all, it might be important!
However, no call or message is ever as important as keeping your eyes and your concentration on the road.
Here are five reasons why you should never use your phone whilst driving;
- It is a criminal offence.
If you are convicted for using a device whilst driving you can face a heavy fine of a disqualification.
If you have, an accident whilst using a device you could be sent to prison.
The police can tell if you have been using your phone and will prosecute.
- You are much more likely to have an accident.
It is estimated that you are over four times more likely to have an accident if you use your phone whilst driving.
- It is as dangerous as drink driving.
Your reaction time is around twice as slow when using your phone as compared to drinking driving.
- The statistics are frightening
In 2020, around 17 people were killed and 499 people were injured in the UK due to being on their phone whilst driving. However, the statistics don’t stop there. There were an additional 55 deaths and 3,119 injuries in the UK caused due to a distraction in the vehicle. This is most likely linked to being on phone.
Around 1.6million accidents a year happen each year which are caused by drivers being on their mobile phones and approximately 1000 people are injured each day.
- It’s like driving with your eyes shut.
You would not drive with your eyes shut but texting whilst driving is like shutting your eyes for a few seconds whilst driving. A 30 mph a car travels 100 feet in 2.3 seconds. Even a split second lapse in concentration could cause a crash.
Just think how you would feel if you seriously injured or killed someone just to answer a message.
However important the message might be it is not worth it.
The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.