For novice drivers, this knowledge is especially pertinent, as the regulations differ significantly from those for fully licensed drivers. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the specifics of operating various devices while driving, shedding light on the do’s and don’ts for L and P permit holders.
Portable Device Protocol:
Navigating the road as a novice driver brings unique challenges when it comes to portable devices. First and foremost, the rules differ significantly from those of fully licensed drivers. Novices must resist the temptation to touch a portable device, whether it’s powered on or off. Moreover, the device should find no place on your lap or any part of your body, except if it resides in a pocket or a securely attached holding pouch, such as a belt holster. The strict stance continues: operating a portable device while driving is a complete no-go, even with voice controls or ongoing activities.
When the urge to interact with your portable device arises, make sure the vehicle is parked. Novice drivers are granted limited permissions, allowing them to engage with the device solely when stationary. This includes displaying the home menu or locked screen and receiving automatic notifications.
Inbuilt Devices: Driving with Boundaries
Moving on to inbuilt devices within the vehicle, novice drivers must adhere to a set of distinct rules. Inputting information, scrolling through content, and using voice controls are strictly off-limits. Furthermore, certain functions, such as phone calls, texting, and entertainment-related activities, are deemed non-permitted.
What’s the Deal?
On a positive note, novices can still enjoy some interaction with inbuilt devices. Brief taps are permissible for playing audio, navigating, and adjusting climate controls. Adjusting volume is also allowed, but scrolling or entering information on the device is strictly prohibited during these activities.
Mounted Helmet Devices: Riding Safe with Tech
Helmet-mounted devices introduce a unique set of rules for novice drivers. Similar to portable devices, touching or using voice controls while driving is strictly prohibited. Engaging in phone calls, texting, or multimedia activities is also considered off-limits.
What’s On the Menu?
However, novice drivers can still leverage mounted helmet devices for specific functions. Playing audio and navigation are allowed, provided they are initiated before driving or during a parked state. It’s crucial to understand that hands-free operation is the key—no touching or voice controls while on the move.
Wearable Tech: Keeping It Simple
Wearable devices, like smartwatches, have their own set of rules for novice drivers. Touching the wearable or using voice controls while driving is a clear violation. Additionally, glancing at the display of another person’s wearable in the vehicle is not allowed.
For novices wanting to use wearable tech, there are some allowances. Playing audio is permissible, but only if set up before driving or while parked. However, interaction with the device should be hands-free, allowing ongoing activity without physical touch or voice commands while driving. Displaying the home screen or locked screen and receiving automatic notifications are the general permissions granted.
Conclusion: Safe Driving, Smart Tech Use
As a novice driver, the road is your learning ground. Adhering to these rules ensures not only your safety but also responsible tech use. Stay informed, drive safely, and embrace the road with confidence, armed with the knowledge of navigating the tech world on wheels.