Lately, I’ve caught myself getting a little too comfortable glancing at my phone while driving, a dangerous habit that needed to be put to an immediate end. So, one day when I was trying to ignore my buzzing phone, I had this awesome idea. Do you remember AIM? And when you left you’d put up an away message about studying at the library, or your new favorite song lyric? Why couldn’t you do that with your phone? So when people texted you and you couldn’t respond, like when you were driving, people would just get an emoji filled little note that you were away, thus eliminating that feeling you had to respond right away?
Well, great minds think alike, because come to find out, the smart people at AT&T had already developed such a tool: their Drive Mode App. As bummed as I was to find out I didn’t have a million dollar idea, I was also happy to discover that the app already existed, because it gave me an immediate way to curb the temptation to check my phone while behind the wheel.
Since downloading the app (which is free, BTW!) I’ve found it to be the perfect solution: It detects when your phone is moving faster than 25 MPH, and automatically turns on a customizable “away message” to let everyone know that It Can Wait (also the slogan of the Drive Mode campaign). Then, when you’re stopped or out of the car, the app shuts off, and you’re immediately free to tap your little thumbs out.
The app not only works in the sense that it does what it promises, but it works in the sense that I actually want to leave it on all the time (on in the sense that it’s enabled, and can detect whether you’re moving). It reminds of when you finally block your ex from Facebook … it’s that same sort of psychological freedom.
* Disclosure: While I was not compensated for my participation, I was gifted an iPhone 6 from AT&T to experience the DriveMode App. All opinions are honest and completely our own.