Using your phone while driving is a big no-no. Besides the fact you can get a ticket for doing it, being distracted while driving can be dangerous for both yourself and others. If you’re an iPhone user, it’s possible to enable Do Not Disturb While Driving in iOS 11.
Even if you’re already used to putting your phone away while you’re steering the wheel, other people can still call you and send messages – those notifications alone can be distracting. This is why Apple added the Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature in iOS 11.
How to enable Do Not Disturb While Driving in iOS 11
This new feature is designed to complement the Do Not Disturb feature which has been available for a while. It works with your car’s Bluetooth, but even if your car doesn’t have it, it will rely on the accelerometer instead.
On your iPhone, go to Settings -> Do Not Disturb. Locate the Do Not Disturb While Driving section and tap on the “Activate” option.
On the next screen, you will have three options to choose from. If your car has Bluetooth, you should select the option called “When Connected to Car Bluetooth”. If you don’t have Bluetooth in your car then select the “Automatically” option. This option relies on motion detection, so hen you’re moving fast enough to be in a car, it will turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving.
There’s also the “Manually” option but since you can easily forget to enable the feature every time you get in your car, it’s best to use one of the other two described above.
Now that you’ve learned how to enable Do Not Disturb While Driving in iOS 11, it’s time to find out how it works. When this feature is enabled using the “Automatically” option, it will block all calls and notifications. The people that call or text you while you’re driving, will receive an automated message telling them of the situation and that you’ll get back to them once you arrive at your destination.
If the feature has been enabled using Bluetooth this means your device is connected to your car’s Bluetooth. If it also has a hands-free device connected to it, you will be able to receive calls.
Even if you get into a car, you might not be the driver. Do Not Disturb While Driving also has that covered and provides you with the option to disable it by telling it you’re the passenger.