Motorists could find themselves fined up to £5,000 for checking their smartwatch at the wheel.
This device can be as distracting as a phone, making you a danger on UK roads.
Use your phone behind the wheel that comes with £200 fine and six points on your license – but checking a smartwatch can be just as dangerous.
Looking at your smartwatch, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the road and focus on the road.
Although there are no direct laws regarding the use of devices while driving, the police can charge the driver with “careless driving” if they believe you are distracted driving by your smartwatch
This could see drivers hit with a £100 on-the-spot fine and three penalty points.
However, the fine can increase if your case goes to court and you are convicted.
If it is proven, driving without proper care and attentionyou could be fined £5,000, up to nine points on your license and even potentially banned from driving.
In a survey completed by Choose my carthey asked 2,000 adults about their habits with smartwatches behind the wheel.
A staggering 43% of drivers admit to using a smartwatch while driving.
14% said they would reply to a message on a smartwatch while driving, and 18% also admitted to reading a message or notification when it arrived.
ChooseMyCar.com founder Nick Zapolski called the statistics a “disturbing disregard” for the dangers of using a smartwatch while driving.
He said: “These statistics show a frightening tendency of UK motorists – especially young people – to feel that it is acceptable to use their smart meter despite how this affects their driving.
“As the use of these devices becomes more widespread, it will literally mean millions of drivers behaving the same way.
“Studies have shown that smartwatches do indeed make checking in while driving more distracting than cell phones, but the rules and regulations surrounding their use are not yet in place. clear use.
“It’s a disaster waiting to happen and we will be calling on the Government and smartwatch manufacturers to take action to prevent motorists from using the device.”
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