Recent years have seen a huge amount of publicity about the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving.
Whilst recent press reports have highlighted that not everyone is taking the issue seriously, stricter penalties, including fines and penalty points, are changing the behaviour of most drivers.
On the other hand, it’s worth remembering that talking on a mobile device, even if it is secured in a cradle, is not the only thing that can cause you to lose concentration when behind
Even driving in a straight line requires a large amount of multi-tasking and consequently requires your full attention.
Just travelling for a short distance will mean changing gears (unless you are in an automatic vehicle), monitoring your surroundings, checking your speed and anticipating risks. All of these require your complete concentration.
Bearing this in mind, it’s difficult to argue that it is possible to do anything else whilst driving and still stay safe on the road.
Three questions to ask yourself (be honest):
- Do I programme the Sat Nav before, or after, setting off?
- Do I turn my mobile phone off before starting to drive?
- Have I ever missed a junction because I lost concentration?
It’s worth remembering that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds at 30 mph means that you’ll effectively be travelling blind for over 27 metres (90 feet).