A SIMPLE rule change regarding satellite navigation could cost drivers up to £1000.
The Highways Code has new rules on windshield obscuring and cell phone use affecting any car driver who relies on some form of mapping software to get around roads. UK road.
Drivers are breaking these regulations if using the sat nav improperly puts themselves and other drivers at risk of an accident – here’s how to avoid it.
Locate your sat navigation legally
There are no specific driving rules to say that you can and cannot put in-seat navigation or a smartphone in your car.
However, locating the navigation bar within your line of sight while at the wheel or anywhere else where it might obstruct your view of the road ahead may be considered an offence by police. Driver.
The Highway Code requires windshields and windows to be kept clean and clear of obstructions.
It’s best to mount the windshield as low as possible on the windshield for the clearest possible view and to make sure you’re always following the rules.
Use your phone as live navigation
If you are caught by the police while holding a mobile phone, regardless of the reason for using it, you can potentially be prosecuted for using a hand-held mobile device while driving.
The only exception to this rule is if you are calling 999 or 112 in an emergency and you cannot stop.
For anyone else, this offense carries a £200 fine and six penalty points.
However, if the offense is considered serious enough, things could end up costing a lot more.
You could be taken to court, theoretically you could be completely banned from driving while fined up to £1000.
The same law applies to holding the crossbar while driving and applies even when you are stopped at a traffic light, in line or supervising a learner driver.
You may also be at risk of being prosecuted for careless driving if your ability to drive is impaired as a result of using a satellite navigation device, whether or not you are holding the device.
This is punishable by an unlimited maximum fine and three to nine penalty points.
Touch your seat navigation while driving
While the law is clear about using hand-held devices while driving, programming sat navigation or a smartphone app attached to your windshield or dashboard is a gray area. .
To be on the safe side, it’s important to remember that Highway Code rule 149 states that motorists should always handle their vehicle appropriately.
However, you won’t be exempt if you use a hands-free device, which also has the potential to distract you from the road, possibly making you liable for careless driving.
If you absolutely need to touch your seat, pull over to a safe place as soon as possible before doing so.
What does the experts say?
Consumer consulting website What? tells drivers: “You are the driver of your vehicle.
“It is your responsibility to ensure compliance with all relevant driving regulations.
“Satellite navigation is intended to assist drivers, not as a fool proof device to completely depend on.
“You won’t be able to use poor sat nav guidance as a safeguard in the event it takes you the wrong way down a one-way street or you drive your car on the side of the road.”
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