iPhone’s Siri Can Make Your Driving Safer, As It Has Mine

As an active Realtor, you can imagine how many phone calls and text messages I receive, even while driving.  The iPhone’s “Siri” feature was designed to allow users access to phone, text and other functions – safely – even while driving.  (Yes, I know it’s illegal.)

SiriBy turning on “Hey Siri” in Settings, I’m able to leave my iPhone in my breast pocket or on my car’s console. Incoming phone calls are not a problem, because, with Bluetooth activated, I just press a button on my steering wheel to answer. For making calls, all I do (without taking my eyes off the road or hands off the wheel) is say, “Hey, Siri, call so-and-so” or “Hey, Siri, dial [number].” I don’t need to hold the phone near my mouth, as Siri can hear me and respond from across a room!

When I hear my text message alert, I say, “Hey, Siri, read text message.” The iPhone reads the message and asks if I want to reply. If I say “yes,” it takes my dictation, reads it back to me and asks if I’m ready to send it.  I can also say, “Hey, Siri, send a text message to so-and-so.” and the iPhone replies, “What would you like to say to so-and-so?”, takes my dictation, reads it back to me and asks if I’m ready to send it. If I reply “no,” the message is saved for editing and sending later.  All this without taking my eyes off the road or my hands off the steering wheel!  Try it, you’ll like it and be safer.

My bicycle has a phone holder on its handle bars, which allows me to use these same features while bicycling, too.

 

Author: Golden Real Estate, Inc.

Golden Real Estate is a prominent member of the Denver/Jefferson County real estate scene. Based in Golden, we service both Denver and Jeffco, representing both buyers and sellers. We're well known for Broker Jim Smith's weekly "Real Estate Today" column published in the Denver and Jeffco editions of the Denver Post's YourHub section each Thursday. The column also appears in several weekly newspapers and is archived at www.JimSmithColumns.com. We have nine agents, all of whom are Realtors and EcoBrokers. Our office is solar powered and several of us drive electrics cars. Known for our sustainable practices, we accept polystyrene (aka "Styrofoam") for recycling, keeping 200 cubic yards per year out of area landfills.

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