New iPhone Update Blocks Texts While Driving

Be honest, how often do you text while driving?

It’s difficult to admit but yes, I engage in the risky act of texting while driving. I’m not even going to try and make excuses like “Well I don’t do it that often…” or “I only text at stop lights!” It’s a bad habit and it needs to stop.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, eight people are killed each day in crashes involving distracted driving.

A new feature available with the Apple iOS 11 update is called “Do Not Disturb While Driving” and it does exactly what you think it does.

Whenever the phone is connected to a car using either a cable or Bluetooth, or if the car is moving, the phone will block any notifications for things like text messages. The app will also lock the screen to prevent the temptation of reaching for your phone.

I think the term “texting while driving” is misleading. Often times when I’m on my phone in the car I’m using apps like Google Maps.

In this new “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature, drivers will have the ability to access apps like Google Maps, but it won’t be as easy. Which is kind of a hassle, but what’s it worth to ya?

If someone does text you while you’re driving, the phone can respond with an auto-reply telling them you’re driving and can’t respond at the moment.

Find out more about this new feature here.
-Lauren