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Use this tool on your smartphone to prevent distracted driving

Keeping your family safe while driving has never been more challenging. Thousands of people die every year in easily preventable accidents.

It's so easy to get distracted, whether you're texting, looking at your smartphone's map, reaching for a water bottle, putting on makeup or other similar things. People are dying and there's absolutely no reason that your loved ones should be the next victims.

Fortunately, when it comes to distracted driving, car makers and tech giants like Google and Apple are making strides to help keep their eyes on the road. For instance, there is a growing number of voice-activated connected cars and smartphone apps, where you speak to your device rather than type into it.

Car companies, tech firms and local governments are developing self-driving cars that hold the promise of safer roads. Just think about this. Google's self-driving cars have racked up more than 1 million miles with almost no accidents.

Plus, it's now illegal to text or speak on the phone while driving in many cities and states.

Yet, while technology can help keep all of us safe, you can do something right now to protect your family. It's easy and it goes far beyond telling them, "No texting while driving."

You can set up auto-reply messages on your smartphones, whether you're using Android or iPhone. Your phone will tell people that you're driving when your car is in motion.

These auto replies ensure that your family and you don't look down at your phone and start typing a reply. Instead, the phone will intercept the calls and texts and tell that person that you'll get back to them when you're safely off the road.

Keep reading for step-by-step instructions to set up an auto-reply message on your Android or your iPhone.

Click here for instructions for Android >>

Click here for instructions for iPhone >>

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