You could be charged for ‘careless driving’ and issued with a fine and penalty points!


The smartwatch is growing in popularity around the world, so drivers in the UK are now being warned about the dangers of using them behind the wheel and what punishments could be issued if caught using one.

This popular accessory, from the Apple Watch, to the Android smartwatch and even some Fit Bit models now provide a lot of data for the user on their wrist, making it very tempting to look at. Some of them now offer cellular connection that allows you to receive calls and send messages through them which is all well and good when you’re on the go but could be an issue for a driver using one behind the wheel.

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Using a smartwatch whilst driving could lead to a £100 fine and three penalty points for ‘careless driving’ if caught.

Just like a mobile phone, using a smartwatch whilst driving is distracting and does take your eyes off the road and because the device is smaller than a phone, it might be that you have to look and focus much harder on a smartwatch, so it could be that they’re even more distracting.

If you use a smartwatch to call or text whilst driving, you could be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100 and three penalty points for ‘careless driving’ if caught.

If you was involved in a serious accident and it was proven that you were using your smartwatch at the time of the accident, this could lead to a higher fine if the case went to court and a possible driving ban.

Any kind of distraction whilst behind the wheel is dangerous. Driving requires your full attention at all times, so it’s best to avoid using any kind of communicative device whilst in control of a vehicle to ensure safer roads for everyone.



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