How To Carry Your Smartphone When You Are Driving
You may be wondering how you can carry your smartphone safely while driving in NSW, VIC, or ACT, and avoid being pulled over by a police officer and penalised for mobile phone use. In this guide from Pass First Go, we’ll discuss the restrictions that L and P platers face while driving – as well as whether or not fully-licensed drivers can use their mobile phones while driving.
How L & P Plate Drivers Should Carry Their Mobile Phone While Driving
Learner drivers can’t use a mobile phone for any purpose while driving, including answering text messages or phone calls. In fact, it’s illegal to even hold a phone or touch the phone screen while you’re operating a car as an L or P plate driver.
That means you should store your mobile phone somewhere that you can’t easily access it. This helps you avoid temptation and a ticket that could result in a licence suspension as an L or P plate driver. A few good ways to carry your smartphone when driving include:
- In the glovebox – If you have a glovebox, you can tuck your phone into it and close it up before you start driving, ensuring that your phone is out of sight and out of mind.
- In your pocket – As long as you can resist the temptation to pull it out and use it, it’s fine to keep your cell phone in your pocket. But remember, as soon as you pull it out in the car, you’re breaking the law as a learner driver – even if your vehicle is stationary but the engine is still running.
- Pass it to a passenger – This is a good option if you have someone in the car with you. For example, if you’re a new driver and you need GPS instructions to get to a destination, you can’t use your phone – but your passenger can use the phone to get turn-by-turn directions and guide you. It’s okay for a passenger to use a cell phone, so this is a good option if you need directions while driving on your L or P plates.
Fully-Licensed Drivers Can Use Mobile Phones Hands-Free In Cradles/Mounts
Phone users who are fully-licensed drivers are still banned from using their phones unless their vehicles are parked and out of the way of traffic – using your phone while driving is still completely prohibited, even for phone calls.
However, there is an exception. If your phone can be operated hands-free and is secured in a commercially designed holder that is fixed to the vehicle – such as a dashboard mount – you can use it.
For example, you can use a voice assistant like Apple’s Siri to get directions on your iPhone or use your car’s Bluetooth capabilities to answer a phone call. This is completely fine, as long as you do not touch the screen or interact with your phone in any way besides with voice commands.
Stay Safe & Avoid Tickets While Driving These Smartphone Tips
If you’re a learner driver in NSW, VIC, or ACT, make sure that you avoid penalties for smartphone use while driving. And, to ensure you pass your driving test and can get your P plates right away, it’s a good idea to take professional driving lessons with Pass First Go.
Visit our website now to view our instructors and driving schools, and get the instructions you need to pass your driving test on your first try.