Technology is developing at a rate that is faster than some of us can keep up with. There is a new feature on Apple’s iPhones that can actually save your life. The Apple iPhone iOS 11 Do Not Disturb While Driving feature blocks incoming calls, texts, and messages, while you are actively driving.
A sensor in the phone can detect times that the user is most likely traveling by car. This safety feature will engage and automatically shoot a message to the sender or caller trying to reach you, telling them that you will return their call or text when you reach your destination. The iPhone home screen will remain locked until you stop moving, further reducing your distraction, by disabling alarms or messages that pop up on the screen.
The new technology has been well received by Apple customers, and has proven to help drivers put their cell phones away while driving. Users can disable the feature at any time; but the mere reminder that you should not be receiving texts or calls while behind the wheel is enough for some drivers to keep the cell phone out of sight.
Research has proven that distracted driving dramatically increases the risk of a car accident. Cell phone use, especially texting, is the most common cause of distracted driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that when a driver traveling at 55 miles per hour takes their eyes off the road in front of them for even five seconds, it is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field blindfolded.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are over 1,000 car accidents and nine deaths in our country each day directly related to distracted driving. Many other agencies believe that number could be far higher.
Cell phone usage remains the top cause of distracted driving accidents, but other behaviors fall into this category as well. Onboard infotainment systems, GPS and navigation equipment, eating, drinking, and even talking with passengers can cause distraction that results in a serious or fatal car accident.
In a recent study conducted by the auto insurance company EverQuote, the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is being well received by iPhone customers. An estimated 80 percent of drivers utilized the Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature. Seventy-five percent of non-users agree that the technology is a vital safety feature. EverQuote also found an 8 percent decrease in phone use among drivers that turned the feature on while driving.
For emergency situations, senders can respond with “urgent” and disable the feature, allowing their message or phone call to go through.
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