How to use your iPhone in traffic safely

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Using your iPhone while driving a car, motorcycle, bike or electric scooter can be fun, but you need to follow som easy steps to do it safely. This is how.


While you can always change individual notification settings on your iPhone, iOS now comes with a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode, so you need to turn it on before start to embark on your travel in traffic.

To set up Do Not Disturb for driving:

  1. Open your Settings app and tap “Do Not Disturb.” 
  2. Tap “Activate” next to “Do Not Disturb While Driving.”
  3. In the next window, choose the option you want. “Automatically” will turn it on when you are driving and off when you stop; “When Connected to Car Bluetooth” will activate it when your phone pairs with your car’s hands-free system; “Manually” means you’ll have to turn it on or off in your settings screen; and “Activate with Carplay” will turn on “Do Not Disturb” mode when you phone connects to Apple CarPlay—if your car has the tech.

You can even do it more easily like this: Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb. Scroll down, then tap Activate. Choose when you want Do Not Disturb While Driving to turn on. Automatically: When your iPhone detects you might be driving.

You can also customize your Do Not Disturb settings:

  1. Open the Settings app and tap “Do Not Disturb.”
  2. Tap “Allow Calls From” and choose the group whose calls you will let break through the phone’s silent mode.
  3. Tap “Auto-Reply To” to set the segment of your contacts that will be blocked and receive and automatic message.
  4. Tap “Auto-Reply” to customize the message that you send to blocked contacts while driving.

You can also get traffic and weather in Maps on your iPhone. Have a safe trip!


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