Mobile phones

Using any mobile phone when driving is dangerous

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

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

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THINK! 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.

Watch split screen video

WATCH: See how driving whilst distracted by a phone call is dangerous.

LISTEN: Texting and driving is a dangerous mix, listen to the Texting radio ad.

DOWNLOAD: The THINK! campaign poster

Driving challenge game

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.

THINK! Education

THINK! Resource Centre

THINK! road safety education resources organised into lesson packs by age and key stage: