Using a mobile phone, sat nav or any similar device whilst driving means that the driver’s attention is distracted from the road.

The facts

  • You’re four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone while driving
  • Reaction times for drivers using a phone are around 50% slower than normal driving
  • Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash

Using the service

  • NEVER speed towards the gates if you think they are about to close. This is illegal and a road safety risk.
  • NEVER attempt to cross the gates if the lights are flashing. This is illegal and life threatening for you and for others

The law

  • It’s illegal to use a hand-held mobile when driving on the road. If you are caught, you could be fined and lose your licence and your insurance costs could go up

General advice

·         Don't make or answer calls when you're driving         All phone calls distract drivers' attention from the road.

·         It's illegal to use a hand-held mobile when driving on the road even if you've stopped at traffic lights or are stuck in a traffic jam or are in a car park      All these situations are covered by the legal definition of 'driving on the road'.

·         Park safely before using your mobile phone           Do not park on the hard shoulder of the motorway.

·         Don't call other people when they're driving            If you call someone and they tell you they are driving, ask them to call you back when they have parked up safely.