Did you know that 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving? Texting while driving is extremely distracting and your attention will shift from the road to the phone without even thinking. Answering a text takes away your attention from your driving focus for about 5 seconds. At 55 mph that is enough time to travel the length of a football field. Scary, right? If you or anyone you know has trouble not checking the phone while driving, the iPhone iOS 11 update has a new feature that will help!
Do Not Disturb While Driving
The new iPhone iOS 11 update has a "Do Not Disturb While Driving feature". This feature helps a driver resist the temptation to check the phone while driving. Here's how it works.
While your vehicle is in motion, your iPhone will remain silent and the screen will stay black. The feature will automatically block incoming notifications while the car is in motion. The person trying to contact you will receive a notification letting them know you are currently driving. Once you are at a stop your iPhone will sense you are no longer driving and you will then receive all those important texts you missed! If your iPhone is connected to Bluetooth while you're driving, you will still be able to receive all your incoming calls and send voice messages via Bluetooth. Sounds pretty cool, doesn't it?
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Customize the feature!
You can also customize the do not "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature! Go to settings > Do Not Disturb > Activate. Once you press activate you will have three options:
- Automatically: The first option is to automatically have the feature turn on as soon as your iPhone senses that you are driving.
- The second option is to have the do not disturb feature turn on when your iPhone connects to your cars bluetooth.
- Manually: The third option is to manually turn the feature on before you begin driving.
You're also able to choose who will receive an auto-reply in addition to customizing the message you want sent! However, if you are the passenger you can disable the feature in order to use your driver's phone.
Wait, There's More!
Are you a parent? Are you worried about your teenager driving for the first time and want to make sure they are as safe as possible? Well luckily for you the iOS update also has the option of putting a restriction on the phone so the feature stays on. All you have to do is go to Settings > General > Restrictions, put in a passcode and press "Do Not Disturb While Driving". Your teen will have no choice but to remain off the phone while they are driving.
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Let's Put an End to Texting and Driving!
Do you need help blocking out these distractions while driving? IPhone users, make sure to update your software to iOS 11 if you haven't so already. This feature will force you to wait. Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from texting and driving. Enable this feature today to make sure you stay safe, and everyone else on the road as well!
Currently, in Florida, there is a "No texting While Diving Bill" advising by legislation, to be a primary offense. Right now texting while driving is only a secondary offense in Florida. For more information on the Texting While Driving Bill click here.
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