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Distracted driving is a widespread problem across the nation. As a society we have become so connected with our cell phones to help us stay connected, that it is hard to disconnect, even when we know it’s dangerous. Using cell phones while driving and texting while driving have become socially acceptable behaviors. According to Distraction.gov says, “11 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.” Teenage drivers are at most risk for auto accidents due to distracted driving.
So as a parent, how do you make sure that your recently licensed teenager is not driving distracted? Well, there’s an app for that.
5 Apps that Help Prevent Distracted Driving for your Teenager:
TXTBlocker is a service that parents can purchase that prevents distracted driving. The service prevents text messaging and phone use while driving by monitoring a mobile phones location and car speed. A website can be used with the service to also set “no-cell-use” locations, for example, at school.
Aegis Mobility’s app, TeenSafer, is another app available with a correlating website. The app silents the phone, texts, calls, and any other phone notifications when driving. Additionally the app blocks the cell phone from use while a car is in motion.
Canary is an another app that can monitor your teenager while driving. While it doesn’t block a driver from using their phone, the app will notify the user when another phone is unlocked while driving. Additionally, the app can monitor speed and the location of another mobile phone. It is one of the least expensive apps on the market.
Drive.safe.ly is another app that has free and paid versions. As opposed to monitoring your teenagers driving, this app claims that you can continue to stay connected without your hands or eyes leaving the road. The App reads aloud any text messages and Facebook, or Twitter updates and emails.
Free phone carrier apps. Sprint, AT&T and Verizon all have distracted driving apps that they offer to their customers for free or at a reduced rate. Each app varies in how it operates depending on your carrier’s preferences. These app’s goals are to lessen distractions behind the wheel while detecting driving and limiting the ability to call or text when in motion.
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