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In March 2017, the penalties for holding and using your phone while driving increased. It’s now 6 points and £200. 

But according to the RAC Report on Motoring 2017, 23% of drivers admitted to using a handheld mobile at the wheel to make or take a call in the past 12 months, and 12% admitted to checking texts, email or social media. 

Any time a driver’s attention is not on the road can be dangerous. That’s why THINK!’s latest campaign challenges the misconception that a quick glance at your phone won’t hurt.

The facts

•Drivers using a hands-free or handheld mobile phone are slower at recognising and reacting to hazards.

•Research shows:

◦You are four times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone.
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◦Your reaction times are two times slower if you text and drive than if you drink drive, and this increases to three times if you use a handheld phone.
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•Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash.

The law

•It's illegal to use a handheld mobile when driving. This includes using your phone to follow a map, read a text or check social media. This applies even if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.

•It is also illegal to use a handheld phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver.

•You can only use a handheld phone if you are safely parked or need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop.

•If you’re caught using a handheld phone while driving, you’ll get 6 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £200. Points on your licence will result in higher insurance costs.

•If you get just 6 points in the first two years after passing your test, you will lose your licence.

•Using hands free (e.g. for navigation) is not illegal. However, if this distracts you and affects your ability to drive safely, you can still be prosecuted by the police


Driving challenge game

It's difficult to do two things at once. Play our game to find out how a phone call distracts you when driving.