10 Actions You Could Face Using Mobile Phones When Driving


It was revealed recently that Fines and points are to double for drivers caught using mobile phones. We have listed 10 actions you could face by using a mobile phone behind the wheel.

  1. Heavy fine

  2. Increase insurance premiums

  3. Loss of licence if passed test less than 2 years

  4. Possible loss of job if depends on driving

  5. Could affect job promotion or change of career

  6. Serious injury to either party causing financial burden and hardship

  7. Depression due to nature of using mobile phones

  8. Loss of respect to yourself and from others

  9. Increase in public transport burden if banned

  10. Jail if convicted for injury or death carrying up to a life sentence period (when new law becomes effective march 2017)

Since 2003, it’s been illegal to use a handheld mobile device while driving. It’s still legal use a hands-free kit if your phone is in a cradle, but you can still be stopped if this distracts you and causes you to drive carelessly.

When the law was first introduced, the penalty fine was just £30. In 2007 this was increased to £60. The current penalty for using a mobile phone while driving, which was introduced in 2013, is a £100 fine and 3 penalty points — although some first-time offenders are offered a remedial course instead.

Under the new plans, the remedial course would be scrapped so drivers would face a compulsory fine and penalty points. The penalties would also double, with the fine increasing to £200 and the penalty points going from 3 to 6.

Currently, novice drivers (who have passed their test in the last two years) can be disqualified after receiving 6 points instead of the usual 12. Under the new plans, this could mean an immediate ban for novice drivers after one mobile phone driving offence. (information source

If you need to make a call in a car please use a hands-free kit or bluetooth. If it is not an emergency please wait until you have finished driving to use your mobile phone.

Stay safe!

John Dixon – Aspiration Driving School


Winter Driving tips | Newcastle | Sunderland | North East England


‘Winter is coming’ and soon the roads will be icy and more hazardous! There are lots you can do to help yourself through the winter period SO we have created a winter bucket list to help you!

Winter driving bucket list

  • Flask
  • Non-perishable nibbles
  • Phone charger+ fully charged mobile + sat nav
  • Warm blanket, spare clothes, hat, gloves
  • Book to read
  • Make sure you are a member of a breakdown service and their number is left in car with membership number
  • Winter check by a garage (normally free only a charge if something needs to be done) spare mixed coolant
  • Windscreen wash
  • Winter tyres but removed in spring
  • Let people know your destination and approx time of arrival
  • Ensure you taking note of major road signs landmarks in case of breakdown on phone or sat nav locate my location button in advance
  • Keep windows closed as much as you can and doors locked.
  • Anyone approaches ask for I.D if unsure if police or breakdown ring for verification.
  • Braking distance should be up to 10 times more than normal in severe weather
  • If severe weather please don’t drive.

If you have never driven in winter weather why not get a 2 hr winter driving course to give you the experience or call us on 0191 500 9775

More tips on driving in bad weather.