Many drivers are finding themselves distracted by using an iPod or other MP3 player equipment while driving. This makes their driving dangerous and results in serious accidents. As Apple has annouced the iPad, which is obsensibly just a larger iPod, this problem can only get worse.
Reaction times can be delayed by as much as 50% when the driver's attention is diverted from the road by a phone or handheld device.
While many may argue that changing a track on an iPod is easier, quicker and safer to do while on the road than changing a CD or trying to tune a radio this simply is not the case – and many drivers are also unaware of the legal implications of using an electronic device while driving.
Being involved in an accident where there is evidence of you using an electronic device can be disastrous not only for those harmed in an accident – but for your driving licence and car insurance too.
Many drivers are unaware that driving using an electronic device such as an iPod, MP3 player or Sat Nav is considered with the same seriousness and give similar consequences as using a mobile phone while driving.
Since December 2007 an accident caused by use of a mobile phone or other electronic device is considered dangerous driving – not only can a driver be given points, have their licence removed and fined there is also a chance they can serve 2 years in prison!
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