It seems like technology is everywhere and ever-changing. We live in a world where technology is in the palm of our hand. Technology has its advantages. Technology can offer convenience. You can easily keep in touch with people all over the world. You can quickly look something up on your phone or computer. You can buy a car with all kinds of features--from electronic windows to directions at the press of a button.
Technology also has some disadvantages. Sometimes technology can be a time-suck. It can be frustrating and confusing. Technology can also be extremely distracting. Some may argue that a distraction can be good, but in certain cases, distraction is bad. This is true for driving. When you get behind the wheel, you need to be as distraction-free as possible.
How is Apple doing its part?
Apple announced that they will attempt to help with their iOS 11 software update. With this update, they have included a "Do not disturb while driving" feature. The goal is to halt notifications to drivers. The feature is supposed to mute notifications when you drive. Your screen will not notify you of any incoming messages or alerts until you've finished driving. You can also tailor the feature to send automatic responses to people who do try to contact you while you are driving.
What can you get from the app store?
There are several applications geared towards safe driving. Some applications work like a game in which you can receive rewards for eliminating distractions. The application SafeDrive allows you to gain points for not touching your phone while driving. Their sister application, Milz, is targeted towards teens. The Milzapplication allows family members to donate funds for every distraction-free mile driven.
What can you do?
You can download a safe-driving application. You can also encourage your family members to do the same. You can use hands-free devices and Bluetooth technology. It may be helpful to form a habit of putting your phone in a safe place every time you enter the vehicle. Encourage others to take part in these safety practices.