Motorola keen for mobile phone users who also drive to buy its handsfree products has released what it believes is the top 10 "Do's and Don’ts" for using your mobile phone while driving.
From 27th February 2007 drivers of cars, vans, trucks, buses, motorcycles and EVEN agricultural tractors will be fined £60 on the spot and issued with three points on their license for using a handheld phone whilst driving.
1. Install car kits, which are completely hands free. These will simply clip on to any steady surface and are user friendly to help even the biggest technophobes.
2. Use the voice command if you need to call contacts in the phone’s memory or spoken numbers.
3. Let the person you are speaking to know you are driving, so any conversation should be short and to the point.
4. Drivers should/can also make use of the redial and speed dial facilities to safely make emergency calls.
5. Adjust the phone volume control – your ring tone should not be loud enough to startle you while you drive
6. Learn the feel of the phone’s keypad so you can use the memory functions off the road swiftly.
7. Phone storage should be in a stable and close location.
8. Under no circumstances should drivers be holding a mobile and having a conversation – this is now illegal!
9. Don’t place or answer a call in hazardous driving conditions or situations.
10. Never hand dial or send/read a text whilst driving.