Fortunately, there are features on smartphones that can prevent text messages, calls, and other notifications from becoming a distraction. Here are some of the things that you can encourage other drivers to take advantage of so that you can prevent future accidents.
Apple’s Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature
If you own an iPhone, it comes with a Do Not Disturb While Driving feature already built in. When this feature is activated, it will keep your phone dark and block all notifications, text messages, and telephone calls during the time that you are behind the wheel.
One of the best things about the newest iOS update is that your iPhone can now sense when you are driving. The Do Not Disturb While Driving feature used to activate when it connected to the Bluetooth system in your vehicle, but technology now allows it to recognize when your car actually accelerates.
During the time that your car is traveling, you can even set to respond to your messages with a customizable message that lets the sender know you’re not available. When you arrive at your destination, you will be able to retrieve the original text message, voicemail, or missed telephone call from the sender.
The beauty of the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is that it keeps your attention on the road but doesn’t completely turn off your phone so you can still access it quickly in an emergency. If there is really an emergency and someone needs to reach you while you’re driving, the person simply needs to include the word “urgent” in the text and it will be put through. You can also set parameters that limit this feature to just a few contacts.
Unfortunately, there’s no automatic Do Not Disturb While Driving feature for most Android devices, except the Google Pixel 2. However, there are numerous applications that you can download from the Google Play Store that provide you with similar features to the iPhone’s software.
Use Restrictions to Keep the Feature On
Sadly, as useful as the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is, it can easily be turned off while driving or even disabled completely. If you are worried that your child or a loved one will turn the Do Not Disturb feature off or disable it, you can use parental controls on the iPhone or Android to prohibit any changes from being made.
In turn, if you would like to protect yourself from distracted driving, you could have a friend or loved one put a parental lock on the Do Not Disturb feature so that you aren’t tempted to disable it.
Unfortunately, most people do not truly understand how dangerous texting and driving can be. While you can encourage your friends and loved ones to make these small changes to avoid accidents, you cannot control the actions of everyone.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a distracted driver who was texting or engaged in some other distracting behavior, contact The Law Office of Bruce Meth. We can evaluate your case and ensure that you receive the proper compensation for any damages or injuries that the at-fault driver has caused.