New technology means the law has to adapt, and sometimes that can take quite a while. Smartwatches are in the position right now where not many understand the legality of their use, especially on the roads.
A Canadian man was fined earlier this week for using his Apple Watch while driving, to the surprise of man - so we investigated what the case was in the UK.
The Department for Transport responded with a resounding no. A spokesman said, "Drivers must give their full attention to the road, which is why it has been illegal since the 1980s to view a screen whilst driving a motor vehicle, unless that screen is displaying driving information. There are no plans to change this."
We read that as don't use your smartwatch whilst at the wheel, but does a smartwatch count as "a screen displaying driving information"?
What if you're using a navigation app on your smartwatch? Or you're just checking the time? That's legal on a normal watch so why is it a problem on a smartwatch?
It's all a little unclear right now and we're trying to get some more answers on the matter. As for now we recommend not paying attention to your smartwatch while driving - or leaving it off completely.
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