Las driving distractions They are one of the main causes of traffic accidents on Spanish roads. On March 21, 2022, the new Traffic Law came into force, which establishes tougher penalties for the use of mobile phones or for not wearing a seat belt. But what happens when you use the smart watch while driving?
The new traffic law is very clear about the use of mobile devices, including the phone and GPS. The new regulation contemplates that not only the use of the telephone is penalized, but also the simple fact of holding it with the hand. The fine is 200 euros and the loss of 6 points from the driver’s license.
The Smart watch It is one of the most used devices today as it allows a wide range of phone functions to be carried out: play music, answer calls, check the weather forecast, receive notifications… A few weeks ago, a user raised this question in an open forum on the website of the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT).
Using the smart watch behind the wheel
The response from the DGT She is very clear about this: «Since you don’t have to hold them by hand to use them, they don’t interfere with driving. They have the same treatment as a hands-free ».
With this in mind, wearing a smartwatch on your wrist while driving is not reason for sanction. However, it can lead to a fine if we manipulate it while we are driving, and this includes when we are stopped at a traffic light or in a traffic jam.
Like manipulate GPS on the move It can involve a fine by the agents of the State Security Forces and Bodies, the same regulations apply to the act of manipulating the smart watch.
DGT summer fines
Although there is no specific regulation in this regard, driving with flip flops It can be a reason for a sanction if the agents consider that this footwear reduces the freedom of movement when driving.
Driving without a shirt It is also very common in summer, and it could cost us 80 euros. It is advisable to always wear a T-shirt to avoid possible burns caused by the friction of the seat belt in the event of an accident.
A very dangerous posture, in this case of the co-pilot, is that of put your feet in the glove box. If an accident occurs, the front airbag would not be able to fulfill its function and, furthermore, it would be a high-risk element.
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