Phone Safety Features: How Auto-Response Fights Distracted Driving

Whether you have an iPhone or an Android device, there are helpful auto-response settings and apps that can help limit distractions behind the wheel. In addition to letting friends, family, and colleagues know that you are on the road and preventing you from being tempted to answer the call or text, some apps even reward users for safe driving.

Auto-Responders While Driving

An auto-responder will automatically answer any messages sent to you. This helps prevent you, the driver, from being tempted to respond to calls and messages sent to your phone while driving.

Some helpful mobile apps can automatically respond on your behalf, including:

  • DriveMode — DriveMode is an app that can silence incoming alerts and phone calls and automatically reply to any text messages you receive while you are driving. The app will turn on when you are driving 15 mph or more.
  • Drive Safe — Drive Safe automatically silences your phone while you are driving, and the app also sends auto-replies to incoming calls and texts, letting the person know that you’re currently behind the wheel. The app puts your phone in do-not-disturb mode.
  • In-Traffic Reply — Samsung’s In-Traffic Reply can send a preset reply to any text messages you get while driving. The app detects when you are moving with GPS monitoring and activates when you are traveling 6 mph.

If you have a hard time ignoring notifications while driving, enabling an auto response app might be a wise decision.

Do Not Disturb Mode While Driving

While many phones offer do not disturb (DND) modes, it can sometimes be difficult to locate these features on your phone. Fortunately, Driving Detective is one app that can quickly activate a do not disturb function.

The app automatically detects when you are in a moving vehicle and toggles DND on. Users control which notifications are allowed to come through and when

Apps with Rewards for Safe Driving

Everyone should be motivated to drive safely for safety’s sake, but you can also find apps that will reward you for not using your phone while driving. Some of these apps include:

  • Milez — For parents who want to reward their children for safe driving, the Milez app rewards teenagers with money transferred from their parents’ bank account for every 200 miles of distraction-free driving. Milez rewards teens for miles driven at more than 5 mph without cell phone use.
  • SafeDrive — SafeDrive is an app that awards the user points for not using their phone while driving. Points can be used to purchase discounted products from partner companies.
  • TextNinja — MOTOVATE is an app from TextNinja that awards Safe Miles for miles driven without phone usage. Safe Miles can be redeemed for either personally sponsored rewards or rewards from corporate teams. Users can also contribute Safe Miles to a non-profit or awareness organization.

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Even if you take every necessary precaution to drive safely, accidents can still occur. Wocl Leydon, LLC, represents people injured in distracted driving accidents throughout Connecticut.

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