We all love our smartphones and the many benefits that come along with them. They simply make everything easier—from finding directions to keeping in constant contact with friends, family, and work colleagues. However, as much as we love the ease of use, we must also remember just how dangerous cellphones can be when operating a vehicle.
Parents are becoming increasingly worried about their teenagers texting and driving or using other technology that is distracting while operating vehicles. Simply put, any kind of distracted driving is dangerous and phone use is becoming the number one cause of inattentive driving.
Yet it’s not just teenagers that we should worry about. Most adults are just as likely to text and drive as newer drivers. A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in 2015 surveyed adults over the age of 16 who had driven at least once in the past 30 days. While many of these adults admitted to texting and driving across ages, the highest usage group was between the ages of 25-39.
Furthermore, the AAA study found that 1 in 3 drivers admitted to reading email or texting while driving in the past 30 days.
No one wants accidents, especially easily avoidable ones, and when the temptation to reach for your phone becomes too much, there’s new technology to turn to.
Texting and Driving Apps
One such app is Cellcontrol, which you can purchase for your own family and even your business. With Cellcontrol’s technology, you simply are not permitted to text, surf the web, post to Facebook, Twitter, or any other apps while driving. Through Cellcontrol’s DriveID, you can create custom “policy zones” that prevent you from using your device when the vehicle is in motion. Cellcontrol also gives feedback through driving scores and can be used to monitor teenagers’ driving skills as well.
If you aren’t ready to buy software, there are even apps to download that will prohibit usage. Live2Txt is an Android app that when turned on, will prevent any incoming calls, texts, or notifications. With the app, you can also send messages to those contacting you that simply state you are not available at the time.
Another app option is Canary, which parents can use to monitor their teens’ driving behaviors. You can receive notifications when drivers go over a certain speed limit, go outside given boundaries, send a text message, or drive after curfew.
Besides those, there are more software programs currently being developed, one of which is through the technology firm PortNexus, whose software will be available in the next couple of months. Their program would shut off text messaging once the car goes over 10mph. Some other technology options include TXTShield and Text Limit. AT&T also has a DriveMode application available to all cellphone users regardless of their carrier. Other carriers are now offering similar programs. Hopefully, these options will continue to expand and become standard protocol in future months.
Until then, download one of the applications mentioned or purchase some of the new software technology. It just might save your life or someone else’s. Not to mention, focused driving will help you get cheap car insurance. If you're looking for a way to measure your safe-driving skills, try a free driving app like EverDrive.