Keep Your Teen Driver Safe – Apps That Stop Texting and Driving
The introduction of cell phones has dramatically changed the way we live and communicate. While there is nothing wrong in wanting to stay in touch with friends and loved ones, choosing the right place to text and call can mean the difference between a friendly conversation and an auto accident.
Over the past decade, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of car accidents caused by motorists who drive and text at the same time. Even more unfortunate is the fact that most of the victims are teenagers still in the prime of their lives.
Driving while texting is a new breed of epidemic that is claiming lives daily. While majority of states in the US have passed strict regulations to ban the use of mobile phones while behind the wheel, the responsibility to guard our teens still rests on our shoulders as parents.
Fortunately, technology has also developed a way for us to keep their children safe while driving without needing to confiscate their handy phones. Telecommunication companies and software developers have banded together to develop new mobile phone applications that put a stop to this dangerous habit. The solution? Mobile apps that specifically work to monitor and limit your teen’s cellular phone use while on the road.
Here are a few to research and put into action:
This smartphone application automatically turns off the phone’s texting ability as soon as the speedometer climbs to 10 mph. Although this command may be overridden by the owner, it will however require the consent of the parent or the guardian to be able to so.
As the name suggests, this app can be customized to restrict calls and SMS messages at precise locations and schedules to prevent your teen from using her phone while driving or while in the middle of an exam. That’s hitting 2 birds with 1 stone!
3. AT&T DriveMode
This free application is open to all BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android users. The AT & T Drive mode is configured to send out a pre-determined reply once you get behind the wheel. Additionally, this app also deactivates all incoming and outgoing calls as well as Internet browsing once enabled.
If you want your teens to have the option of still getting their message on time, you can always opt to install this application that is equipped with the ability to read aloud texts and emails and then send out an auto reply after without your child having to take their eyes off the road.
This new software is one of the current additions to the growing number of applications that aim to prevent teens from using their phones while driving. Phone Guard is activated once the car starts to move and will automatically lock the smart phone’s texting and internet surfing capabilities until the car slows down to a stop.
With these 5 mobile phone applications, you will never have to spend sleepless nights worrying whether your teen is texting and driving.
When not talking about mobile apps for driving, you’ll find Bryan at TruckertoTrucker.com helping businesses buy and sell trucks, trailers, parts and equipment. Know of any other great safe driving apps? Let us know at @semitrucks.