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I don’t text while driving. Period. I can’t believe that I even have to mention that. If you text while driving, you’re a horrible person. Stop it.
Of course, the one time I really really needed to text something to someone right away, I pulled over to the side of the road…and hit a bicyclist. (He was fine. I was rattled.) But that’s a story for another day…
If your car has Bluetooth, you can set up Driving Mode from the Settings screen (it’s about 2/3 of the way down). Technically you can use it with any Bluetooth device, so it will also work with a standalone Bluetooth speaker, the kind some people put on their visors.
It takes less than a minute to set up.
Driving Mode lets you choose to ignore calls, texts, or both. And you can also choose to automatically send a text response back. You can set that response to say whatever you want it to.
This is what happened when my husband texted me while I was driving this morning:
And here’s what happened when my smart-ass friend Kristy texted me a little later:
This is really fantastic for people who don’t like others to think that they’re being ignored (even while fishing).
When I get in my car, my phone connects automatically to the Bluetooth system, and once that happens, Driving Mode starts automatically.
However, if I’m actually using my phone when it connects to Bluetooth, a pop-up gives me the choice of starting Driving Mode or not – perfect for when I’m just a passenger.
One suggestion for the Windows Phone team: I would love to be able to set exceptions for certain callers, like ignore every call except from my husband and kids, in case there’s some kind of emergency.
And the fishing pole thing. I hope they’re working on that too. Kristy needs to concentrate on fishing, not texting. She didn’t catch anything today.