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We're all guilty of it: quickly reading a message on our phone or making a call while driving or riding on our bicycle. Sometimes we don't even realize we're doing it. Holding your mobile phone while driving or cycling can result in a fine. But, more importantly, it's dangerous too, as it draws your attention away from traffic. That's why you should drive MONO: uninterrupted and without distraction from apps or social media posts. Keep your eyes on the road and not on your screen.

Put your phone on silent or on flight mode

10 million people in the Netherlands have a smartphone and half of them will use their phone while driving or cycling. In the Netherlands, the use of a smartphone in traffic leads to several dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries per year. Reading or writing messages on your smartphone makes it 25 times as likely to be involved in an accident. So, protect yourself against the temptation to read incoming messages by putting your phone on silent or on flight mode. 

Coronavirus has ensured that video calling has become the new norm and we no longer work from nine to five as standard. But video calling is fine when you're at home, and not such a great idea while you're on the road.

Do not disturb while driving - set up for your iPhone

The 'do not disturb' function on your iPhone is very convenient. You only have to set it up once and from then you'll always drive MONO, because you don't receive any notifications or messages while you're on the road. If you don't want to just ignore those incoming messages and apps, you can set an automatic reply that people who are trying to reach you will receive and lets them know that you are driving. You can still use your navigation as usual and make calls. Setting up ‘Do not disturb’ is easy:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Do not disturb
  • Activate the automatic Do Not Disturb While Driving
  • Set an automatic reply
    Please note: this reply only works in iMessage and not in WhatsApp

Tip: Want to use this function while cycling? Then manually activate it before you leave.

Do not disturb - set up for Android

The 'do not disturb' function on your phone is useful when you are driving or cycling, because you will temporarily not receive any apps or messages Without the distractions from social media, you can keep your eyes on the road.

This is how to enable ‘do not disturb’ on your Android phone:

  • Tap on Settings
  • For Android 7.0 and up, tap on Sounds and Vibration
    Android 6.0? Skip this step.
  • Tap on Do not disturb
    Don't see this option right away? Swipe down.
  • Tap on Turn on now
    The slider turns blue and 'do not disturb' is turned on.

You can switch 'do not disturb' on and off before and after each trip.

You can also switch it on by swiping:

  • Use two fingers to swipe from the top to the bottom.
  • Tap on the ‘do not disturb’ button to activate. Hold down the button for a little longer to set your personal preferences.
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