Controlling a car requires a driver's undivided attention. The driver's seat is no place for multi-tasking; and in fact, focusing on a second activity while driving can be extremely dangerous. You become less observant of what's around you, which will affect your driving standard and ability to spot potential hazards.
From mobile phones and screaming children to tailgaters and talkative passengers, there are plenty of possible driving distractions. They can either be driver-initiated, where the person driving causes the distraction, or non-driver initiated, where it's caused by someone or something else.
Breaking it down further, there are four types of driver distraction. A distraction activity could fall under one, or several of the following categories:
If you get distracted at the wheel, you could be charged for a range of offences depending on the nature of your case. These offences include dangerous driving, failure to be in proper control of the vehicle, driving without due care and attention, and careless and inconsiderate driving.
The use of mobile phones in cars has become a major safety concern among motorists. The RAC's Report on Motoring 2016 reveals a notable increase in the number of drivers risking their safety — as well as the safety of their passengers and other road users — by using their phones at the wheel. A total 31% of the 1,714 drivers polled admitted to using their phone over the past year; a significant jump from the 8% recorded in 2014.
Get caught using your phone at the wheel and you'll receive three penalty points on your licence, plus a £100 fine. Depending on the severity of your case, you could go to court, be disqualified from driving, and get a maximum fine of £1,000. This is due to increase in 2017 to six penalty points. If you've passed your test within two years, six points can get your licence revoked.
With so much going on around you when you're on the road, some distractions will be unavoidable. But here are some tips on how you can stay focused and limit distractions as much as possible:
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