If you use your phone while you’re driving, you’re as dangerous as a drink driver. So if you’ve got into the potentially lethal and illegal habit of checking your phone when you’re behind the wheel, it’s time to take away the temptation. A government campaign is currently running to – hopefully – get the message across.

You can set up ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ to automatically activate every time you drive.

You won’t receive any messages until you arrive at your destination and if someone has sent you a text, they will receive an automated response to let them know you’re driving.

You’ll still be able to access maps and music – just remember to set these things up before you drive off.


Go to settings.
Go to ‘Do Not Disturb’.
Scroll down to ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’.
Activate it, choosing 1 of 3 options – Automatically. When connected to car Bluetooth. Manually.
If you’re having difficulty adding this feature to your current phone, go to Apple’s support page for further instructions.

Go to your notifications shade.
Use the quick toggle for ‘Do Not Disturb’ – this will be either on your first or second panel.
Activate it before you get in the car.
Deactivate when you finish driving.

Not all Android phones have a ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ feature built in. Android users can go to the Google Play store, search for ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ and download any of the free apps available.

I’ve been writing for many years as a motoring journalist, “Always have two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel and all of your attention on driving.” Sadly, exactly the opposite is becoming the norm…

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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