Don’t be tempted to Text and Drive

If you are tempted to Text and Drive, you know you are doing the wrong thing.

It can be extremely dangerous, and if you get caught, you will also take a hit financially.

Now you can reduce that temptation and drive more safely.  One of the features of iOS11 on your iPhone is called Do Not Disturb While Driving, and it can stop calls, notifications and texts from distracting you when you are driving.

 

Activate Do Not Disturb While Driving

Simply go to Settings on your iPhone and choose > Do Not Disturb.  Then scroll down to choose your setup.

 

Silence incoming Calls and Alerts

Once Do Not Disturb While Driving is enabled, as soon as your journey begins and your iPhone is locked, calls and alerts that arrive will be silenced.

 

Allow Calls from certain Contacts or Groups

You can choose to allow some phone calls through, from specific people or groups such as your favourites or your team at work.  Incoming calls can be allowed when your iPhone is connected to your car’s Bluetooth or a hands-free accessory.

 

Urgent Calls

In the case of urgent calls, when a contact has called you a second time within 3 minutes, you can choose that the call will not be silenced.

 

Auto-Reply to Text Messages

You can send an automatic customised reply to text messages, which states that you are currently driving with Do Not Disturb While Driving turned on, and that you will be in touch when you arrive at your destination.

 

Urgent Texts

If a contact needs to get in touch urgently, they can break through Do Not Disturb While Driving by sending “urgent” as an additional text message to you.

 

Automatic or Manual Activation

You can set up Do Not Disturb While Driving to automatically detect that you might be driving.  A Bluetooth connection to a car indicates that you are in a vehicle.  You can also activate the service manually from the iPhone Control Centre.

 

Keep your eyes on the road with help from Siri

If you activate Siri while using Do Not Disturb While Driving, Siri can provide you with information so you don’t need to look at your iPhone.  Siri will read out responses for you, and your iPhone will not display any text on it.  Just say “Hey Siri” to activate Siri.