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Handsfree Devices Are Much Safer
By now, you probably know that using a smartphone while driving is dangerous. In many states, it is even illegal to text and drive or use a handheld device. Yet, every single day approximately 481,000 drivers continue to use their cell phones while driving. These distractions led to more than 3,450 fatalities in 2016 and more than 391,000 injuries in 2015. To be safe, safety experts recommend that you put your phone out of reach or disable it while you are driving. But many drivers rely on their phones for GPS navigation or music while they are driving.
Is there a way to use your phone safely while driving? Now there is a remarkable new smartphone feature that could save your life by cutting down on distracted driving.
iPhone Do Not Disturb Feature
On all iphones running the current iOS 11 software, there is a “do not disturb” feature that suppresses notifications and only allows GPS navigation from the lock screen. To access this feature follow these steps:
- Go into settings
- Tap “Do Not Disturb”
- Choose between Automatic or Bluetooth options
- Automatic – automatically puts your phone in “do not disturb” when it detects car movement. This is best for when you are driving various cars, such as rental cars and family cars.
- Bluetooth – this option puts your phone in “do not disturb” when it connects to your car’s Bluetooth wireless. This is a better option for when you are mostly driving your own car.
Android Auto App
Recently, Google launched a “do not disturb” feature on their newest Pixel 2 devices. This works similarly to the iPhone feature, but only is offered on the Pixel 2. Android phones don’t have a universal default “do not disturb” feature but they do have an Android Auto app. It’s not as restrictive of an app as Apple’s because it still allows you to play music, lets calls come through, and allow you to voice-dictate texts. But it does hide many notifications from you, including Facebook notifications, and emails. You can set this Android app to launch automatically when your phone connects to your car’s Bluetooth.
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