You should not dial and drive. Nobody should. There is no excuse for doing so. No call is that important. No text is that urgent.
Driver distractions such as social media and making calls on phones are the leading cause of most vehicle crashes and near misses. A study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 80 percent of crashes result from the driver being distracted in some manner. In most cases, the distraction and the crash are only three seconds apart!
The “don’t dial and drive” message is crystal clear. No further explanation needed.
But there are still gray areas that many of us negotiate on a daily basis. We know not to dial, but pressing a button in order to answer the phone with the car’s built in audio is okay, right?
Common sense tells us the more we can limit looking away from the road the better. In an ideal world our eyes would never leave the space in front of us, but realistically it happens. You cannot avoid it — even checking your rearview mirror means you have to divert your attention from the road in front.
When self-driving cars are the norm we won’t have to concern ourselves with any of this. But until then, we need to limit distractions as much as possible. This is one of the reasons the MobileDay App is so popular with business travelers and people who make a lot of calls — some of them from the car.
The automatic dial-in to conference calls and meetings eliminates the need to dial in passcodes and PIN numbers. This means that people can join calls when on the road much more safely.
Additionally, MobileDay allows you to set the default setting to speakerphone, so that is one less button for you to press while driving. You press the “Join Call” button and you are instantly joined via speakerphone so you don’t have to look at your phone again.
How Set Speaker Mode to be the Default for iPhone Calls
1. Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone and head to “General”, then go to “Accessibility.”
2. Look under the Interaction settings for “Call Audio Routing” and tap on it.
3. Change the setting from “Automatic” (the default) to “Speaker” to make speakerphone the default for all calls made to and from the iPhone.
4. Exit out of Settings as usual.
Now you have one less button to press while driving. Congrats! You are already a safer driver.