3 Great Phone Apps to Prevent Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is leading to many driving accidents. These three apps can help you put the phone down while you drive and be a safer, more alert driver.
In 2014, over 400,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, some of these accidents resulted in fatalities. It seems as a nation we are becoming more and more addicted to our cell phones, picking them up and looking at them no matter where we are.
Some of us may put the phone down while driving, only to pick it up when we hear it beep or vibrate as an email or text message comes in. Looking at the phone, even just glancing at that new alert, takes your eyes off the road. In those few seconds, you are thinking about something other than driving. Driving requires your full attention (especially since there are so many other distracted drivers on the road). The human brain functions at its best (think reaction times) when it is 100% focused on the task at hand.
Luckily, there are phone apps that will silence your device when you are driving. Here are our top 3 apps to help you stay off the phone and be a more alert driver:
The iOS app silences incoming text message alerts and turns on automatically when driving. Perfect for parents with teen drivers or people that try to turn their car into a mobile office.
The Android app by car insurance company Esure can detect when drivers are traveling at more than ten mph, and will shut off other apps that could be distracting, as well as temporarily halt incoming calls and text messages. The free app also displays a static screensaver, that gives your teen or you even less of a reason to glance at the phone.
This free app turns cellphones into safe-driving devices and is an excellent tool for parents who want a more hands-on approach when it comes to their teens and distracted driving. DriveScribe monitors the driver’s speed and blocks text messages and calls while the car is in motion. The app will also tell drivers to slow down if they’re going too fast. It’s up to the driver to tap “start trip” before driving, then “end trip” when reaching the destination. Parents can also access a report to see if the driver exceeded speed limits or ran any stop sign
Drive safe and alert for no regrets.