iOS – Driving Mode (IT Training Tip)

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), distracted driving tops drivers’ list of growing dangers on the road, according to a new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Nearly 58 percent of drivers say talking on a cell phone behind the wheel is a very serious threat to their personal safety, while 78 percent believe that texting is a significant dangerA recent study from the AAA Foundation shows drivers talking on a cell phone are up to four times as likely to crash while those who text are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash.

Don’t become part of these statistics! As part of Apple’s iOS 11 and up, your iPhone can sense when you might be driving and suppress notifications. The Do Not Disturb feature of your iPhone includes an option to disable notifications and phone calls when you are driving. When the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is enabled, your iPhone remains silent, and the screen stays dark. If someone sends you a text message or tries to call you, they will automatically receive a reply letting them know that you’re driving.

If the text message is important, the sender can type the word “urgent” to make sure that you receive a notification. If a phone call is important, and the caller attempts to reach you twice in a row, the Do Not Disturb feature will be disabled and the phone call will be delivered.

Enabling Do Not Disturb While Driving –
Once Do Not Disturb While Driving has been activatedit will automatically turn on once it senses you are driving.

  • Tap on the Setting icon
  • Tap on Do Not Disturb
  • Scroll down to the DO NOT DISTURB WHILE DRIVING section
  • Tap on Activate
  • Tap on Automatically
  • Return to your Do Not Disturb settings
    • Under the Activate option, you will see two additional options where you can set up who receives an automatic reply (Auto-Reply To), and what the automatic reply message should be (Auto-Reply)

You can also manually enable Do Not Disturb While Driving through the Control Center (swipe up from the bottom of any screen).

Adding Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature to Control Center –

  • Tap on Settings
  • Tap on Control Center
  • Tap on Customize Controls
  • Under the MORE CONTROLS section, tap the “+” that is located next to Do Not Disturb While Driving

To manually enable Do Not Disturb While Driving –

  • Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen
    • If you have an iPhone X with iOS 12 or later, you will want to swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen

  • Tap on the icon that appears as a car
    • To disable Do Not Disturb While Driving, repeat the steps above

Resources:
How to use Do Not Disturb While Driving
Distraction Tops Drivers’ List of Growing Dangers on the Road

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