By: Meredith Benesh, Operations Manager
After many reminders from my iPhone, I finally upgraded my iOS a few weeks ago. After rebooting to complete the update, my phone asked if I wanted to turn on the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” setting. I decided to give it a try.
The setting allows your phone to sense when you’re driving and will suppress any notifications during that time. Find out more here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208090
I consider myself an undistracted driver. I pull over to make phone calls and don’t respond to texts while driving. However, the first drive I took with the Do Not Disturb setting turned on was a wake-up call (pun intended).
I realized I still look at my phone while driving and that is just as unsafe as texting or calling. If my phone is sitting face up in the passenger seat and it “dings”, I look at it. If my phone is anywhere near me and it dings, I am conditioned to respond, even if it’s just a glance. I didn’t realize the impact this had on my driving until I eliminated those notifications altogether (which is exactly what this setting does). After my first drive with Do Not Disturb While Driving, I was amazed at how much more focused and attentive I was to the road. I really enjoyed the mini-break from my phone as well! After several weeks of using this setting, it is clear to me that I will never drive without it again.