Do Not Disturb While Driving: Use of Cellphone Blockers Among Adult Drivers

This report discusses the results of a survey on the adoption and use of cellphone blockers with specific emphasis on Apple's Do Not Disturb While Driving (DND) application. Eight hundred respondents, drivers age 18 and over who owned a smartphone, were classified into two groups: Drivers with DND-compatible iPhones and Drivers with DND-incompatible smartphones. When iPhones are first used or updated to iOS 11, they prompt the user to try DND. The DND app is then either put into automatic activation mode or turned off and put into manual activation mode. Only 20.5% of respondents with compatible smartphones had the DND app in automatic activation mode. Thirty-nine percent of respondents with DND set to manual mode reported they would not mind another prompt to use the DND app and 26.7% reported they would be likely to try the app if receiving another prompt. Some respondents with DND-incompatible smartphones (18.7%) reported using an alternative cellphone blocker. Of these, 51.5% reported turning it on while driving at least 75% of the time. In general, respondents who used cellphone blockers were less likely to report texting, emailing, or talking on the phone while driving.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 24p

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  • Accession Number: 01692011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 2019 5:17PM