There鈥檚 nothing better than hitting the open road or going on a road trip with close pals. But it鈥檚 a sobering reminder that distracted driving is estimated to kill about eight people every day. Eeeeek! While we are not at all condoning the behavior, we understand that some people will not stop driving to answer their phones. So we鈥檝e got a few ways to continue using your phone while minimizing distractions as much as possible.

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If you鈥檝e got an iPhone, Siri should be your best friend while driving. Make sure you鈥檝e got the 鈥淗ey Siri鈥 feature turned on. This way, every time you say the words 鈥淗ey Siri鈥 your 聽phone will be ready to go. Then you can hands-free ask for directions, call or text a friend or even play your favorite road trip songs. In order to set up the feature, go to Settings, then hit Siri and make sure the 鈥Hey Siri鈥 toggle is turned green.

If you鈥檝e got an Android, you should consider installing Android Auto on your phone. The Google app will set up short cuts so you can reply 鈥淚鈥檓 driving right now鈥 to texts with just one tap. The app will also make music and navigation options larger and easier to read. There鈥檚 also an Android equivalent for 鈥淗ey Siri鈥 called 鈥淥K Google.鈥 In order to set it up, go to Settings, then Voice then tap 鈥OK Google鈥 detection.

Now get out there and stay safe.

Do you have any tips for eliminating distractions on the road? Let us know @BritandCo!

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