Stay safe while driving

Avoid distractions

Your safety while driving is a priority for us, and minimising distractions from your phone is a key way to keep you focused on the road.

The NZTA, AA and Police recommend you put your phone away or turn it off.

If you need to stay connected, we recommend using a hands-free kit to answer calls received on your mobile while driving. There are also options that will block ALL notifications to your iPhone or Android, while letting your contacts know you are driving.
Guidelines for mobile use while driving from NZTA (PDF)

Block alerts and notifications

Select the type of phone you use

Apple

Apple's iOS includes a built in Do Not Disturb While Driving feature which silences incoming calls, TXTs, emails and other alerts while you are driving. It also prevents your screen from turning on which may distract you while you're driving.

Please note: This feature is available on iOS 11 and above.

Steps to activate:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap Do Not Disturb
  3. In the DO NOT DISTURB WHILE DRIVING section, tap Activate Three options appear on your screen.
  4. Select one of the following options:
    • Automatically – The feature is enabled when your phone detects you are in a moving vehicle (NZTA recommended).
    • When Connected to Car Bluetooth – The feature is enabled when your phone is connected to your car’s Bluetooth
    • Manually – The Do Not Disturb While Driving feature will need to be manually turned on in the Control Centre each time you are driving

Android

You can download a range of apps that can help prevent your phone from distracting you while you're driving from the Google Play Store. We recommend finding an app which does the following while you are driving:

  • Automatically starts when you are driving
  • Silences calls, TXT, email and other alert notifications
  • Prevents your screen from turning on and notification lights from flashing
  • Automatically TXT people to let them know you will respond when you stop driving

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