What does DX mean while driving?


If you ever get a text saying ‘DX’, it simply means the person can’t reply to your text at the moment because they’re driving. It’s a quick way to say “I’m driving, can’t text back right away.” The idea is to keep people from texting and driving, which is a dangerous habit and against the law in many places.

Common sense says you shouldn’t text while driving. But if there’s a need to respond, you could pull over safely, then type “dx” to let them know you’re driving and will get back to them when it’s safe. It’s a way of saying, “I’ll get back to you as soon as I can“.

But this only works if the other person understands what ‘dx’ means. It’s not a very popular term, so there’s a chance they might not get it. You might be better off not replying at all until you reach your destination. Or, if it’s important, you could call them when you’re not driving.

Another option is to use your phone’s auto-reply feature while driving. This will send a pre-set message to anyone who texts you, letting them know you’re busy and will get back to them later.

Example for using ‘DX’ in a conversation

Hey, can you pick up some groceries on your way home?

Sorry, DX. I’m driving right now. Can’t text back.

No worries! Just let me know when you’re free.

Sure thing! I’ll message you when I arrive.