Stories like this make me want to go out and buy my wife an Apple Watch. A woman named Kacie Anderson from Hannover, PA did an interview with Shape. In it, she recounted an accident she had with her 9-month-old baby in the vehicle with her. Kacie was stopped at a red light when her vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. If anyone out there has been in a car accident, even a minor one, you know that anything you have in your car ends up very far away from where it was just before the accident occurred. This was no different. As Kacie tells Shape,
The moment he hit us everything inside the car went airborne. My face took a horrible blow to the steering wheel, headrest, back to the steering wheel, and then to the window. I blacked out for about a minute and could not see. My eyes were wide open but all I saw was black. My hands flew around to feel for my phone and then I realized I had my watch on and commanded it to call 911.
What she was talking about is the SOS feature of the Apple Watch. Here is what you need to do in order to use this feature. Please remember your phone does need to be nearby and on in order for this to work. That is unless you have the Apple Watch Series 3, that particular watch has GPS and Cellular so you can use the cellular number tied to your watch. These instructions are taken directly from the Apple site. You can find the entire how-to here.
Here’s how to make a call:
- Press and hold the side button on your watch until the Emergency SOS slider appears.
- Continue to hold down the side button. Wait for a countdown to begin and an alert to sound. You can also drag the Emergency SOS slider.
- When the countdown ends, your watch automatically calls emergency services.
After the call ends, your Apple Watch sends your emergency contacts a text message with your current location, unless you choose to cancel. If Location Services is off, it will temporarily turn on.
If your location changes, your contacts will get an update, and you’ll get a notification about 10 minutes later. To stop the updates, select Stop Sharing in the notification. If you keep sharing, you’ll get a reminder to stop every 4 hours for 24 hours.
While it seems Kacie didn’t escape without any injuries, thankfully her baby suffered minor bruising and scrapes. While I sincerely hope that no one would have to use this feature if you have an iPhone I would strongly suggest investing in an Apple Watch. You never know, it may save your life one day.
Do you have an Apple Watch? Have you ever had to use the SOS feature? Let us know in the comments!