Using your cell phone in the car: do you know what’s allowed?

There’s still a bit of a grey area when it comes to using your mobile phone while driving. Find out how much you know about the rules that apply in Quebec.

  1. In which of the following situations can you look at your cell phone while driving?

a) To watch a driving tutorial (e.g. learning how to drive through a roundabout)

b) To talk to an important person, like a doctor, on a video call

c) To follow the directions on your GPS

2. In which of the following circumstances is it legal to hold your cell phone in your hand while driving?

a) To call 911 in an emergency

b) When you’re stuck in a traffic jam

c) When you’re stopped at a red light or railway crossing

d) All of the above

3. What are the consequences of being stopped for the first time for using a cell phone while driving?

a) A verbal reminder of the rules and a note on your driving record

b) A fine of several hundred dollars and five demerit points

c)An immediate suspension of your driver’s licence


  1. c) Your device must be on a purpose-built mount, and its position must not interfere with your driving or obstruct your view of the road.

2. a) You’re also not allowed to have your phone in your hand at a drive-through, except to make a contactless payment. Hands-free devices are OK. However, remember that talking on the phone while driving is a distraction and, therefore, dangerous.

3. b) If this is your second offence, your licence will be suspended for three days (in addition to a fine and several demerit points).

Distractions behind the wheel are one of the leading causes of road accidents. The entire M 360 Mechanic team wants to remind you of the importance of focusing your attention on the road!

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