Is it legal to drive while listening to music through your MP3 player?

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Found 28th Jun 2009
Was just wondering is it legal or not to drive while listening to music through your MP3 player, via headphones of course, not an MP3 compatible CD player.

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[COLOR="Red"]You're looking at atleast 10 years in the slammer.

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Yea course it is! You just get in trouble if you are changing tracks instead of looking at the road.

Yes.

You need to be able to hear emergency vehicle sirens etc when you are driving

Got this from What Car? Fair chance you'd get done if you had an accident I reckon.

Q: Is it illegal to listen to my iPod using its earphones while driving? I have a cassette player in my car and can't really afford to upgrade at the moment. I don't see a problem with using earphones, but don't want to be fined.
Lyndsey Miller

A: There aren't any specific laws or regulations to stop drivers listening to music through earphones.

However, Rule 148 of the recently updated Highway Code states that drivers should, 'avoid distractions... such as loud music'.

Listening to any music while driving has the potential to mask important sounds, such as other cars' horns or emergency vehicles' sirens.

Using earphones, though, is even more risky, as the source of the music is much closer to your eardrums. Earphones also act like earplugs, blocking out other sounds.

However, there is a way round the problem. We'd recommend investing in a cassette adapter or FM transmitter for safety reasons.

These can be picked up for very little money, and also make listening to your iPod on the move more comfortable.

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pghstochaj;5613299

First hit on … First hit on google.http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/what-car-q-and-a/are-earphones-illegal-when-driving/229129



Thanks - google isn't working for me today, and Ask Jeeves wasn't very helpful.

I drove yesterday with my headphones on, won't be doing it again then...

but surely deaf people drive?

deaf people had to learn to drive while deaf and i'm sure are considerably more vigilant, checking mirrors etc. they're also a very small minority and don't have any choice in the matter, imagine if everyone on the road couldn't hear anything. it'd be insane.

Banned

Yes but only if it's Jazz.
Mind you.
You can always argue that Jazz isn't music.

pardon me? i've got a honda jazz and i can hear fine

Banned

scrumpypaul;5613790

pardon me? i've got a honda jazz and i can hear fine



In my best "Gryptpipe Thynne" voice ...."You poor, twisted, boy, you!"

bruffterman;5613516

deaf people had to learn to drive while deaf and i'm sure are … deaf people had to learn to drive while deaf and i'm sure are considerably more vigilant, checking mirrors etc. they're also a very small minority and don't have any choice in the matter, imagine if everyone on the road couldn't hear anything. it'd be insane.



I'd disagree, you rarely need to hear when driving, it's not a particularly sensible thing to do but not illegal... from a magistrate's point of view it is unheard of anyone getting in trouble for it.
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