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What You Need To Know About “Do Not Disturb While Driving” On iPhone

distracted drivingThe new iOS 11 update on the Apple iPhone contains a safety feature that could prevent accidents and save lives.

The Do Not Disturb While Driving feature has been added to the latest update. It works by blocking text messages and phone calls while the device’s owner is driving.

How is it activated?

Users have three options to choose from in Settings > Do Not Disturb:

  • Automatically: The feature activates automatically when it senses that the vehicle is moving or by detecting nearby network connections.
  • When connected to Bluetooth: The feature activates automatically when the iPhone connects to the vehicle’s Bluetooth system.
  • Manually: The feature can be activated manually by the user.

I’m a passenger. Can the feature be turned off?

Yes. Once the feature is activated, the user can tap the “I’m Not Driving” option.

What happens when the feature is turned on?

When the feature is turned on, your phone screen will remain dark while you are driving.

While Do Not Disturb While Driving is activated, you will still receive emergency alerts.

What if someone really needs to get in contact with me?

If you receive a text message while driving, the sender will receive an auto reply stating that you are driving. The sender of the message can include the word “urgent” to ensure that you receive the message.

If someone needs to get in contact with you by phone, they can call twice in a row and the call will go through.

If your phone is connected to Bluetooth, calls will come through as usual.

A safety feature that could save lives

How effective will this new safety feature be in stopping distracted driving? It all depends on whether drivers use it.

Do Not Disturb While Driving could certainly prevent accidents and save lives. But it is ultimately each driver’s decision and responsibility to refrain from distracted driving behaviors.

It all starts with you: Activate the feature and stay focused on safe driving.