Since iOS 11 Apple introduced a featured called “do not disturb while driving” where it tries to detect when you are driving and prevent notifications. On the surface, it sounds like a great feature and I enabled in a few weeks ago thinking it would make driving safer.

What I found in practice is it’s been very annoying for me. I’m not a Siri user and when I stop at red lights I typically unluck my phone and change the music. It’s not been sensitive enough to know that I’m now stopped so every time I have to select the option, “I’m not driving” which turns the whole thing off.

I imagine if I used Siri more often, I could just use that to tell it to play something new, but as I’ve written before I have no confidence in Siri, so I don’t use it. I think “do not disturb” while driving is a useful feature and I’m all for it, but right now it isn’t really polished enough for me and feels like more of an annoyance than anything.

It’s one of those features that is so close to being perfect I want to keep it activated, but at the same time, I think I’d prefer to just turn it off and be done with it.

How about you? Is this a feature you use? Am I the one doing it wrong and it’s really a great feature? Feel free to sound off in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “ iOS Do Not Disturb While Driving ”

  1. It’s not about you. It’s about the safety and lives of those around you. Who cares if you want to change your music while driving, GET OFF YOUR DAMN PHONE!!! people die because of decisions like this, so turn on the radio or just deal with what your listening to, don’t complain that apple have made it to hard to break the law in some countries while trying to reduce fatalities. Think of others.


    1. LOL – It’s an optional feature that I suspect not many actually use and I’m stating my reasons why I think that is the case at least for me. I’m changing the music at a stop light not emailing or texting people while driving. 🤷‍♂️


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