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Are you allowed to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving a car? Are you allowed to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving a car?

  • A. No.

  • B. Yes, but only when you stop at intersections.

  • C. Yes, but you must hold the steering wheel with at least one hand.

    The correct answer is A
    Correct. Using a hand-held phone diminishes your ability to control your vehicle. You are much more likely to have an accident if you are using a hand-held phone

Using a mobile phone while driving

Any use of a mobile phone, even hands-free, creates a distraction in your vehicle. This video from WA police takes a funny look at distracted driving using Lego.

Having a conversation diverts your attention from the road. It is illegal to use a hand-held phone while you are driving. Even using a hands-free phone is a distraction. However, it is a reality that some people need to use a phone to conduct business in their vehicle - tradespeople travelling between jobs, for example.

If you do take a call on a hands-free mobile phone kit, give yourself more of a buffer to the vehicle in front. If the road needs more priority you can always tell the person you will call them back later.


Hands-free phone kits are available from many retailers. Almost all new cars come with Bluetooth phone integration with the car's audio system, although this won't help you if your phone doesn't support Bluetooth.

Other distractions

Other distractions in your car include:

However, some types of music can help you concentrate when driving.