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How Apple’s iOS 11 Update Improves Road Safety

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Joliet car accident attorney, road safety, IOS 11 update, improve road safety, car accident fatalitiesDistracted driving leads to thousands of car accidents, injuries, and fatalities each year. One of the main causes of distracted driving is cell phone usage. Although some states have made it illegal to text while driving, drivers often disregard this law and continue to use their phones and take their focus away from the road. Apple is aware of this issue and has implemented a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature in their iOs 11 update.

How the iOS Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature Works

When the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature is turned on, it will silence any call or text message notifications. The feature will also silence any updates from social media apps such as Facebook and game apps.

You can activate the app in these three ways:

  • Automatically: If you would like, your iPhone can automatically activate the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature when you get into your car and start driving. Since this feature is motion activated, it is able to sense when you are in a car that is moving.
  • Manual: The automatic feature is not able to distinguish when you are a driver or a passenger in a moving vehicle. Therefore, if you are a passenger in someone else’s car or on a bus, you may prefer manual control of “Do Not Disturb While Driving.” This way, you can go to Settings and turn off the feature when you do not need it on.
  • Bluetooth: This feature allows you to receive incoming calls as long as you are connected to your hands-free device.

In order to inform your friends and family that you’re driving and your phone’s “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature is activated, Apple has created an automatic message. If you’d like, you can customize this message rather than using the default one Apple created.

Could The Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature Improve Road Safety?

Although the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature must be activated by iPhone users, it can still improve road safety. It allows drivers to focus on driving rather than constantly looking at their phone to check their notifications. 

Contact Our Joliet Car Accident Attorneys

Despite features such as “Do Not Disturb While Driving,” accidents caused by distracted drivers will continue to occur. If you get into an accident that was the result of a distracted driver, you should contact our highly skilled Joliet car accident attorneys at 815-726-9200. We may help you collect compensation for your property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.



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