I’ve been driving for nearly 4 years now, a year as a learner and three years passed and in that time I have seen a lot of people get distracted whilst driving. I have shaken my head multiple times when seeing someone on the phone whilst driving because it is just so dangerous and is the cause of many crashes. I am cautious even using my phone as a satnav because I am worried that if I got a text through my eyes would wonder to the phone screen and not stay on the road. I usually have my phone out of sight and once saw an advert on telly where they encouraged everybody to put their phones in the glove box as a bid to stop distraction.
Kwik Fit recently conducted a survery and unfortunately, 19% of the surveyed drivers admitted that they sometimes take calls while driving, 17% admit that they read texts off of their phone, and 12% send texts. Isn’t that crazy! All of these reasons (including using your sat nav) can result in a penalty if the police pull you over and find that it was distracting you. Not only that, this time difference could be the deciding factor between a driver crashing or not which is sad. I always say that a phone call can never be more important than somebody’s safety. If you need to take an important phone call, pull over to a safe place and turn your engine off. Hands free is legal but still a risk.
You don’t only have to think of yourself when out on the roads, you need to think of who you could be putting at risk. Getting caught using a mobile phone will land you with 6 points on your license. It is never worth it.
Kwik Fit have designed a game called #DrivenToDistraction where you can test your reaction time. Why not have a go here. Play the Game.
*this is a collaborative post.