Once every year on October 20, starting in 2022, drivers can participate in Do Not Disturb While Driving Day to highlight the dangers of actively using technology in a moving car. This day intends to educate the public on safe driving habits, reduce reckless driving and protect the lives of friends, family members and bystanders.
While this day only happens once a year, drivers should be cautious of using their phones while driving all year round. Despite that, 481,000 drivers use a phone behind the wheel, during work hours or commuting during the day, when the collision rate is at its highest.
Distracted driving is so dangerous that it claimed 3,142 lives in 2020 alone. With the use of “Do Not Disturb” features, many drivers could avoid becoming a statistic. However, many drivers don’t realize they have this setting.
Here’s what you should know:
How to use the do not disturb feature on iOS and Android phones
Apple iOS and Android manufacturers have realized the dangers of texting and driving, so all phones include a preinstalled “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature that, typically, turns on automatically. The “Do Not Disturb While Driving” setting silences and restricts incoming call and text notifications when it connects to a car or detects vehicle movement. In emergencies, this setting can be overridden manually and some phones allow users to whitelist friends and family.
Drivers and phone users who want to enable their “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature will need to know whether their phone is an Apple iOS or Android. Both brands have this feature in the phone’s system settings, but, because of the complexity of some phones, users may have to contact their service provider for additional support.
This feature often requires users to “opt-in” and, as a result, leads many users to never find the option. Because many users can’t find or don’t know about the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature, only 1 in 5 iPhone users have this setting enabled, studies have shown.
Driving with the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature can help reduce possible collisions, but this doesn’t eliminate the chance a driver will become distracted. Distractions can come from anywhere, resulting in serious or fatal injuries to others. Drivers who suffer from injuries after a collision may need to know their legal options.