Our smartphones provide the world’s knowledge and unlimited connection at our fingertips. We can’t seem to put our devices down, including when we are driving.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 9 people are killed and over 1,000 people are injured each day in accidents that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Sending or reading a single text message takes your eyes off the road for nearly 5 seconds – long enough for your car to travel the length of a football field.
Apple is attempting to help reduce this problem in the latest release of their iPhone software (iOS 11), with a solution called Do Not Disturb While Driving.
Here is what happens when the feature is activated:
- Your iPhone stays silent and the screen stays dark. If someone sends you a message, they receive an automatic reply letting them know you’re driving.
- iPhone delivers some notifications, such as times, emergency alerts, and alarms.
- You will still be able to receive calls, if you are connected to a Bluetooth device.
- You can still use Maps to navigate.
We recommend this feature to help limit the temptation to check your messages while behind the wheel. To Activate, simply go to Settings > General > Do Not Disturb. This small change can help keep you and family safer on the road.