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Using Instagram Whilst Driving

Using Instagram Whilst Driving

As some of you know, regularly on week day mornings I go LIVE on Instagram during the 30 minute drive home from dropping the girls at school.

My phone is in the holder that’s stuck to my windscreen, I set the LIVE going before I then begin to drive. I have comments off so there’s no distractions from wanting to read what people tuning in are saying and off I go.

I literally chat nonsense and air my morning thoughts out loud during the journey as I would to a passenger in the car beside me. Those of you that regularly check in to see what crap I’m spouting that morning I would imagine agree that I don’t interact with the camera, I don’t read or even see comments and don’t mess around with my phone. I literally just chat whilst the camera is on, rather than chat TO the camera. This is how it is until I pull onto my driveway at home.

I’ll be honest, I don’t feel distracted from driving using this method. If anything I usually lose trail of thought on talking because the driving distracts me from the talking.

Stay with me… I know there’s many of you at this point unfollowing me across social media and calling me all sorts of names that include, moron, idiot, stupid and much worse, as per a thread I’ve seen on Facebook. Not aimed at me specifically but aimed at people in general using Instagram whilst driving.

I felt comfortable with my method as I wasn’t uploading actual Instagram story clips that involves touching and playing around with your phone etc, I was merely chatting away almost to myself and my phone camera just happens to be on at the same time.

After a thread I saw in a Facebook group today, I began to question if my method was both acceptable and even legal.

I guess my thought process was that you can use your phone hands-free, for navigation etc… During my Instagram Lives I wasn’t even looking at the phone as I would if I were using the Sat-Nav on it.

What is the actual law on this?

instagram whilst driving

This information is from think.direct.gov.uk and the last bullet point confirms using hands free is NOT illegal. So I’m not sure I was breaking any laws doing what I was doing.

Now, I’ve been scanning the internet and reading lots of articles surrounding filming whilst driving. It seems there is no black and white law on how this is managed. We all know holding equipment to film whilst driving is a NO, but when a device is mounted somewhere and doesn’t need to be touched or even a passenger is in control of the device, I can’t seem to see anywhere that states that is definitely an illegal action.

How many TV programmes and documentaries are filmed where a celebrity or sportsperson or whatever is being filmed and asked questions whilst their driving. I’ve seen many where a person is taking a drive around their old neighbourhood where they grew up and in the passenger seat there’s a camera man and in the back seat someone asking questions etc. Is that different to the method I’d been using to do an Instagram Live?

More on the law around this that I found…

These details in the slide show above were taken from an article in 2017 from www.express.co.uk and as you can see there’s no definitive. Again, whilst driving I never actually touched my phone again until I arrived home and stopped my car on the driveway.

There are a lot of distracting things we do or could do whilst driving that many people do without thinking every single day. Eating, drinking, smoking, changing the radio station, taking your eyes away from the road to look at the speedometer and much more. They all take away a percentage of your focus from the road. If you’re a parent you’ll know the most distracting thing whilst driving is having 3 children sat in the back bickering non-stop screaming and shouting at each other!

I’m confused on where this stops. Can we change radio stations, can we even chat to passengers anymore? I don’t know.

If there is any other legal information that you’ve come across that I’ve missed then please do present it so we can all learn from it.

The information above is what I’ve found after a night of googling on the legalities, it’s grey to say the least. Now I want to talk more around the acceptable side of this topic from a moral point of view.

To do this I’ve asked myself only one question.

First, something I thought about also was how important was it to do an Instagram Live at that particular time? I mean it’s not, if I don’t go live nobody would even care really. I went live because the drive home was a good 30 minutes and first thing in a morning it felt really good to chat away utilising this time to connect with others and I treated it as therapy for myself. As soon as I’d pull onto the driveway I’d turn the engine off and then go through the comments interacting with everyone that had joined in throughout the journey. Its become a bit of a thing now connecting with regular people most mornings.

But, ultimately, the question I’ve asked myself is…

If another driver crashed into me and more specifically, crashed into me whilst my wife and children were in the car and I found out they had be filming either an Instagram Story clip or even doing a Live using the method I had been using which I deemed safe to begin with, how would I feel?

Absolutely raging.

I’m huge on self-awareness and self-development and after reading many comments on this subject and investigating further the method I’ve deemed safe and legal at present for me to use for my morning Instagram Lives, I’ve decided I will NOT continue doing this.

I promote being honest and real on and off the internet and being self-aware enough to know that not everything I do may be the right way thus opening myself up to change.

Please do let me know your thoughts on this, it’s a highly debated topic and with that in mind I’d appreciate if we could keep it sensible in the comments…

David @dadvworld



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  1. 2nd February 2018 / 7:33 am

    K Bye!! I quite enjoy logging in for a few minutes between meetings and calls when I see your live. It makes sense I guess…

    • DadvWorld
      2nd February 2018 / 9:58 am

      It’s a grey area to say the least. Thanks, appreciate that. I’ll still be hammering LIVE just not whilst driving 🙂

  2. 2nd February 2018 / 9:05 am

    Yeah, I used to do Instagram stories all the time. It genuinely is NO different to using a satnav or changing the station and it actually isn’t illegal as you say, HOWEVER, I took a step back and thought… hmm. Do I need to do this? Do I want to be responsible for giving someone who has perhaps lost a loved one in a car accident a sinking feeling because they think I’m distracted (which, in fairness, I’m not… but it’s all about perception) and do I want to have a young person who maybe doesn’t realise this is entirely hands free, see my post and go “she does it so I can” and crash their first car because they weren’t hands free? No. So I’ve stopped.
    If Adam and I do a karaoke in the car, which I am planning for YouTube, it will be a mounted go pro and he will drive whilst it’s safely mounted and rolling, I will change radio stations/music and then we know we’re totally fine.
    It’s a shame that it’s become such an issue BUT if it puts people’s minds at ease then it won’t matter much will it? H 🙂

    • DadvWorld
      2nd February 2018 / 9:23 am

      We’re on the same page. I’m so glad you’ve read the post how I’ve written it. That doesn’t appear to be the case given some comments on social media. You mention the word perception and that I find is absolutely key to many things, in particular on social media. Because you would be easily distracted by XYZ it doesn’t mean I will or the next person. However, I 100% agree with your point and also add to it that as people online that share more than the average people with others, we almost have a responsibility to think ahead of how we could be effecting others. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for an accident on the road where Instagram was involved nor would I like to think I’ve inadvertently OK’d a particular action to a more impressionable person. Although if you’re copying me then you really need to evaluate your life 🤣 Really appreciate you reading and commenting 👍🏻

  3. 2nd February 2018 / 9:10 am

    I think you are doing the right thing mate. I agree that you aren’t doing anything illegal but if you were involved in an accident and the other party found out then their insurance and lawyers would probably go to town on you! I never actually watched your lives live as by that time I was at work anyway 😉

    • DadvWorld
      2nd February 2018 / 9:57 am

      Thanks David. It’s such an intriguing topic. It’s like you mention lawyers going to town on the Instagram element, however it’s not even illegal. The factor that would edge it into the illegal category is if they decide you weren’t in control of your vehicle. That’s the same for all factors whilst driving, including eating, drinking and smoking which many people do without thinking. Perception is huge on this. I mean, I’d image the fact you’d crashed your car would make the case of distraction nailed on! Either way, I’d like to think we’ve reached the best outcome. 🙂

  4. 2nd February 2018 / 11:14 pm

    I always enjoyed your lives. You never looked distracted by it and you’re naturally a chatty person so I feel like you need to chat. Whilst it’s not illegal, like you say, but it’s such a grey area. I think that having no distractions is obviously the best option but having said that, when does it stop? Is having a built in sat nav illegal? Switching radio stations? It’s a topic that evokes strong emotions from people which I can understand.

    • DadvWorld
      3rd February 2018 / 8:51 am

      Thank you! I really enjoyed doing them, I still will but not whilst driving. I’ve never felt distracted otherwise I’d stop immediately. Yeah I’m confused where it stops. I get that you can’t get away from kids screaming in the back but do we start saying ‘Well, do you really NEED to listen to music whilst driving’… Who know’s where it will stop?!

  5. 3rd February 2018 / 9:56 pm

    It’s a shame in a way that you’re going to stop doing them mainly because doing the lives seem to be of some benefit to you as a means of release and to get stuff off your chest. But I see what you mean. And as someone who likes to see myself as quite self aware, this is a great post to read as it’s something I easily could’ve written had I been in the same place.

    It’s always a good idea to stop and look at what we’re doing and re-evaluate it. I think this is a good example of an argument where both sides of it are kind of in the right in some way.

  6. Firefighter
    24th January 2019 / 10:57 pm

    I have signed up to be a First Responder at the volunteer fire brigade and they showed us the sort of stuff we could see. Even before that, I always pulled over to change stuff on my SatNav, now I literally hide my phone and put it on completely silent when driving to avoid getting distracted. People often say hands-free is fine but you are still distracted and not fully there in the moment. That is all fine until something unpredictable happens. Unless you like the idea of other people having to get up at 2am and go out in the freezing cold to try and keep you or your loved one alive after being involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, stop this nonsense. You are not that important that the world has to see you in Instagram live while driving – nobody is. So I applaud you for coming to your senses and hope that it catches on. I see terrifying stuff on the road every day, thankfully there is always at least one person paying attention.

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