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.
Check out our online guide 'How to ready your car for an iPod' by clicking here.