Mobile Phone Holders for Truck Drivers
Looking for the best mobile phone holder for truck drivers? There are different types of mobile phone holders for truck drivers, all varying in price and quality. To help you choose the best one that suits your needs, this article will consider various factors to help you make an informed choice, such as where would you like it mounted and different types of holders?
The main factor when choosing an appropriate holder should be deciding whether or not they will fit where you need them to, which is something important to keep in mind before making any purchase decisions!
Most of the phone holders available are designed with cars in mind but there are some good choices that are ideal to use in a truck.
You can’t get through a day without taking at least one call, and if you’re driving a truck that means your phone is either sitting on the seat next to you or tucked away in some awkward place. It doesn’t have to be this way though because there are special holders available for trucks specifically designed with drivers’ needs in mind.
Mobile phone safety
Please Note; It is illegal to use a mobile when driving using hands-free is not illegal however if this distracts you and affects your ability to drive safely you can still be prosecuted by the Police.
Windscreen mount phone holder
Firstly a windscreen mounted phone holder needs to have a long arm usually with the support that rests onto the dashboard, a windscreen in a truck is a fair distance away from the dashboard so a conventional car windscreen mount would be too short, you would probably need binoculars to be able to see it.
With this in mind, I would recommend choosing a goose-neck style phone mount if you opt for mounting your phone via the windscreen.
Your phone should not be in a position where it can obscure your view of the road ahead.
This example mobile phone holder has a long flex universal arm, allowing the phone to be mounted in the windscreen but most importantly allowing you to glance easily to see if the incoming call is important or something you could deal with later when on break.
CD mount phone holder
Another great choice for mounting your mobile phone in a truck is a CD mount phone holder, if your truck has a CD player but you mainly listen to the radio for traffic reports etc then this option would be great for you.
The CD Mount phone holder in most truck layouts will bring your mobile phone very close to you be firmly mounted and easily accessible.
This example has an auto-lock plus auto-release mechanism and holds your phone with great stability, the mount is also adjustable for multiple viewing angles.
Dash mat phone holder
The dash mat phone holder option is a nonslip, anti-skid pad for putting your phone on. This option works best if you have enough room in the front of your truck and also it’s good if you use Bluetooth devices.
This example is an easy-to-use mobile phone holder and can be positioned in many places within your truck.
It is also multifunctional and could be used for GPS as well as a smartphone holder.
Dash clip phone holder
The clip-style phone holder is very versatile and can hold various size devices and be easily positioned within a vehicle for easy viewing of your device.
Are mobile phone holders legal in the UK
It is not an offence to have a mobile phone holder in your truck, but it is an offence to use your phone whilst driving, in 2003 an offence has been specified in the use of a mobile or handheld device for the purpose of communication, this includes messaging, making or receiving calls, or accessing the internet when driving. Reference; (sections 41D of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (“the RTA”) and Regulation 110 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986).
A mobile phone holder is purely a device that can hold your mobile phone safely and securely when you are in your vehicle.
Can I use a mobile phone hands-free driving a truck?
It is legal to use a mobile phone as long as you have hands-free access to your phone, this can be achieved via a Bluetooth headset, voice command, or hands-free calling via a truck sat nav.
A truck mobile phone holder becomes very useful for hands-free use of your mobile phone device, but there are still guidelines that must be adhered to. The device must not in any way block your view of the road or traffic ahead, you must also be capable of being in full control of your vehicle at all times.
The rules still apply even if you are queuing in traffic or stopped at traffic lights or junctions. Reference; (Highway Code Road Safety and Vehicle Rules).
What happens if you get caught using a mobile phone when driving?
By law, the only time you should use a handheld phone is if you are safely parked.
The current legislation for getting caught using a mobile phone when driving is very strict in the UK.
For car drivers penalties include a fine of £200 and 6 points on your driving license, if you passed your driving within the last 2 years you will lose your driving license if prosecuted. A further 3 penalty points could be issued if you don’t have a full view of the road ahead or you are not in proper control of your vehicle, in which case a maximum fine of £1000 could be issued.
For truck drivers or bus drivers, the penalties are the same as above but with a maximum fine of £2,500.
Reference; Government Highway Code Road Safety Rules
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