Mounting your phone in the car

Car phone mounts is a requirement to use the phone in the car and we all do it at some point or another.

PSA: We all love our phones, but getting distracted by our phones in our cars is dangerous to yourself and to everyone else on the road. Please try to minimise your phone use while in the car. 

Recently we've had customers who were worried about getting fined by the police for using the phone in the car. So we turned to NRMA for advice. 

According to the NRMA's recent article - there is no explicit rule for where a phone, GPS or even dashcam can be placed. However, Under NSW Road Rules 2014: Rule 297(2), a driver must not drive a motor vehicle unless the driver has a clear view of the road, and traffic, ahead, behind and to each side of the driver.

Driver’s aids such as GPS navigation systems and mobile phones can only be used when driving if they are mounted in a fit-for-purpose cradle fixed to the vehicle that does not obscure the driver’s view of the road. While devices secured to the windscreen can obscure the driver’s field of view, obstructions to the driver’s vision can be minimised by considering the position of the cradle and screen size.

So it means that you could be fined by a police driver if you are using your phone when it is not in a cradle (ie; in your lap, on your steering wheel, against your dash). 

NRMA recommends the following positions to mount your phone:

We recommend position as it keeps the phone central and within your peripheral position. You don't need to take your eyes away from driving to glance at your phone. 

In NSW, you can risk a fine of $330 if a police officer can prove your vision was obscured by that particular device. From 1 July 2018, NSW will also be using camera technology to track people using their phones while driving. 

Note that drivers on their Ls and Ps must not use their phones at all, even when stationary. 

Come in to our Belconnen store or check our online store for more information. Our friendly staff are more than happy to go over our range of mounts