Top 5 Apps to Fight Distracted Driving
According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation, vehicle accidents are on the rise. From 2011 to 2015, accidents went up from 5.3 million to 6.3 million annually. In 52 percent of those cases, distracted driving was the cause. These alarming statistics are showing the real dangers of distracted driving, especially using your phone while driving. However, the irony is that your phone just may be the answer to the problem. If you find yourself sending texts, surfing the web, or checking social media while you’re driving, you may want to consider downloading these apps to curb the habit.
Most statistics point to teens as the most frequent culprit of distracted driving. The odd part is that 94 percent of teens know the dangers of using their phone or other distractions, but 35 percent still admit to doing it anyway. That’s where the LifeSaver app comes into play. This app is useful for families, and once installed, it uses GPS tracking to turn off phone functions when driving. It only unlocks when the car is safely stopped, while also letting parents know that their loved one has safely arrived at their destination. Another advantage is that it’s free for both iOS and Android platforms.
If you just can’t live without texting, internet, or email for personal or business use, TextBuster can help you break out of the habit. Once you download this app, it blocks all of these communications when you’re traveling. It also lets administrators know if the app becomes altered in any way or disabled. Perfect for young drivers, TextBuster is also free for Android and iOS.
iPhone Do Not Disturb while driving
iOS11 includes a feature that senses when you might be driving. When activated, your iPhone screen will remain dark and most notifications will not be delivered with the exception of certain important notifications such as emergency alerts, timers, and alarms. If someone messages you, they will receive a message informing them that you are driving. The person can then type the word “urgent” and a notification will be delivered so you can pull over and respond. Phone calls are delivered using the same conditions as standard Do Not Disturb, such as allowing calls from favorites or if the same person calls twice in a row. If your phone is connected to your car via Bluetooth you can receive calls using your cars button and speakers.
AT&T Drive Mode
AT&T Drive Mode is an app that comes installed on phones provided that AT&T is your carrier. However, you can still download the app for Android and iOS even if you have another service provider. Like the other apps, it automatically shuts down text messaging and browsing when the car reaches 15 mph. It also has a user-friendly interface that’s easy to set up in just a few minutes. Like the iPhone feature this one also automatically replies to anyone who sends a text, letting them know that you’re behind the wheel. This provides peace of mind while reducing the urge to drive distracted.
It’s a proven fact that rewards help people stay on the straight and narrow, and Mojo applies this principle to distracted driving. It runs in the background of your phone, and when you’re driving, it tracks how often you swipe your phone, send texts, or take calls. For every minute that you drive without any of these distractions, you get one point. After you gather 300 points, you can spin a prize wheel for a chance at $5 gift cards to retailers like Amazon or Starbucks. Plus, you can start a contest against your friends to see who becomes the safest driver. It comes free on Android and iOS.
With these apps, you can turn your distracted driving from a threat to an afterthought. Just download one of these apps, and you’ll be a safe driver in no time.