Apple recently rolled out its long-awaited iOS 11 operating system for iPhones and iPads. Unlike prior versions of its software, Apple has finally included a feature that may help prevent distracted driving. Do Not Disturb While Driving mode can detect when you are driving and lock your iPhone. Your iPhone’s screen will remain dark while this mode is activated. If someone attempts to call or text message you, the phone will automatically send them back a message notifying them that you are driving.
There are three ways to use this new feature. You can set the feature to automatically turn on when you are driving. The manual setting allows you to use the feature at your own discretion. In addition, you can also set the feature to turn on when it connects to your vehicle’s Bluetooth. This will allow you to take hands-free calls while driving.
Can Parents Lock Settings for Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode?
If you are a parent, you can keep your teenager from altering the settings of this feature. Go to the iPhone’s settings, then select “General” and “Restrictions.” You may be prompted to enter a password if you have not used your iPhone’s restriction feature before. After accessing restrictions, find and select “Allow Changes.” Select the “Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature.” This will allow you to select and lock the settings for your teenager’s phone.
Why Do We Need Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode?
According to statistics collected by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were 1,264 crashes in our state last year that were caused by mobile phone use. These crashes caused 13 deaths and 538 injuries. It is time to end the distracted driving epidemic. Apple’s feature is a step in the right direction.
If you are an Android user, then you should also be able to take advantage of anti-distracted driving features. Future blogs will discuss apps you can use to prevent distracted driving with Android devices.
At Riddle & Brantley, LLP, Safety Counts.