Smart watches a danger to driving

fobwatchLegislation that makes it an offence to use a mobile phone while driving will also apply to the use of smart watches.

That’s according to the Daily Telegraph, which said today the Department for Transport confirmed using smart watches while driving will face the same sanctions as mobile phone use at the wheel.

It says the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said that devices, such as the Apple iWatch is as dangerous to use while driving because it distracts motorists.

It quoted a representative for the IAM as saying smart watches could be more distracting than mobile phones because you have to take your hand off the wheel to communicate with it.

While the Apple iWatch won’t be available until next year, the IAM appears to think that the Apple tag will make them popular.  It wants manufacturers of smart watches to warn of the possible dangers.

Drivers distracted by phones or other gadgets face three on the spot penalty points and a £100 fine if they’re pulled over by the police.