Distracted Driving? There’s a Few Apps for That

July 25th, 2016 by

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It is easy to tell ourselves that we won’t get distracted while driving, but it still happens. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “… in 2012, 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured in distraction-affected crashes.”

The truth is, many drivers today are more distracted than ever before and cellphones have a lot to do with that. In an attempt to combat distracted driving, some states have created laws banning cellphone use while driving, but Florida is not one of these states.

So, what can be done to alleviate distractions while driving? Here are five phone apps devoted to driving safety.

*Text Arrest: Text arrest is an application available on Android phones. It can tell when the vehicle (and, therefore the phone inside the vehicle) is moving more than 5 mph and the app shuts down phone functions. This way the driver doesn’t run the risk of even getting distracted. *

Safe Drive: Safe Drive is available on both Androids and iPhones. This app rewards users with points for not texting and driving. The points add up to give users coupons that can be used on other apps like Uber. The goal is that the app’s incentives will encourage drivers to focus only on the road.

*IOnRoad: IOnRoad is also available for iPhone and Android phones.This application has safety features built into it, such as: road video recording, and collision warning. Since the app is available to video and snapshot the driving, it can keep track of what is around the driver, and warn them if they are about to switch lanes and cause and accident. *

*DriveSafe.ly: This app has a number of features that help to make sure the driver is looking at the road and not at their phone. One example of how the app works is by reading messages out loud for the driver. If a driver receives a message on their cell phone, the app will read text messages and emails out loud in real time. And if the driver wants to respond to messages, the driver can do so by using the Bluetooth feature. The phone app is Bluetooth compatible and it allows the driver to respond to the message by voice and with optional customized responses. *

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