Driving while using your phone is an obvious no-no, but sometimes we do it anyway. This can cause unwanted distractions, especially if you’re experiencing a surge of messages or emails from other people, and that split second it takes for you to look down or at your phone could sometimes lead to disastrous consequences, leading to injury or maybe loss of life in the event of an accident.

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However, one of the safety features Apple has introduced to iOS is the ability to enable a feature called “Do not disturb while driving”. As its name suggests, this is a feature that basically detects when you’re driving and can put your phone in DND mode that mutes all incoming notifications until you’ve come to a stop.

It’s an incredibly useful feature to have and if you want to reduce the number of distractions you have while driving, or maybe you want to turn it on for your child while they drive, here’s how you can do it.

How To Enable DND While Driving On iPhone

  1. Launch the Settings app
  2. Tap on Do Not Disturb
  3. Scroll down and tap on “Do Not Disturb While Driving
  4. You now have the option to either turn the feature on automatically, which is based on motion detection; or when it connects to your car’s Bluetooth system (or CarPlay); or manually, in which you’ll have to remember to turn it on when you’re in the car

Do Not Disturb While Driving is similar to the DND feature on iOS. Notifications will be muted. It will also be capable of sending the person who texted you an automated reply to let them know that you’re driving. This can be customized according to your own liking. Also, phone calls are silenced and will only be allowed if it’s connected to either your car’s Bluetooth or a hands-free kit.

Users can also get Siri to read out replies so that you won’t have to reach for your phone or to look at it.

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