Smartphone usage has become a way of life for all ages in today’s society. It is no longer just a ‘phone’ as we pay, browse, photograph and share our lives through these devices. However, the accessibility of wireless connections has increased the usage of people using their smartphones whilst driving.

We all know the dangers of using your phone behind the wheel, but do you know that drivers who use phones (hands-free or hand-held), are four times more likely to be in a crash? They’re also more likely to be blameworthy in crashes as it takes nearly half a minute to regain concentration after interacting with a device!

Earlier this year, the UK government stepped in; making penalties and fines for drivers using their phone whilst driving much tougher. And now, tech giant Apple have rolled out in iOS11 a ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode’ presumably in response to their lawsuit earlier in the year.

The feature works by recognising when you are driving using motion detection or connectivity with in-car Bluetooth. When this feature is enabled, your phone will automatically mute incoming calls, texts and notifications. It also gives drivers the option to set up an automated response to anyone who contacts you when driving.

This means that drivers are potentially less distracted from phone notifications and are reminded that they shouldn’t be interacting with their device behind the wheel. However, this feature can be switched off within the settings menu and a driver can override it easily. 

Many fear the phone manufacturers current efforts aren’t enough though; as drivers can easily disable the feature to continue to use their phone and the settings have not been rolled out across Android devices yet. 


Technology is also slipping into the driving test changes in December; as learners are tested on their use of a SatNav whilst driving. 


  1. This safe driving mode will not push anybody towards not using their phone whilst driving simply because it can be turned off easily in settings. The only way this disease of using phones whilst driving can be stopped is to completely remove the ability to use them while driving. Why bother adding this to a phone if it can be turned off so easily. A complete waste of time is this. The only way forward is for the government to insist that this technology is implemented as standard for phones to be immobilised in motion by law on all new phones coming onto the market in this country.

    • that removes the functionality of the phones is against the law and the consumer’s rights act. this would prevent people using phones on buses, taxis, trains and the police from using their phones to communicate with victims. that is what handsfree is for.


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