Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), one in every four crashes involves someone chatting, texting, e-mailing, snapping, or sharing on a cellphone.
Although most of us are aware of the dangers of texting while driving, we manage to do it anyways. So how do we save ourselves from being involved in a devastating car collision? Fortunately, there are several apps that make your phone a tool to fight distracted driving—as opposed to causing it.
The following are the best apps to combat distracted driving:
- AT&T DriveMode – This is a free safe driving app for iOS and Android which silences incoming text message notifications and phone calls so your focus is solely on operating the vehicle. DriveMode can be configured to automatically turn on when you are driving more than 15 miles per hour. If your teenage child is on the road, the app can notify you when he/she deactivates the app or changes certain settings.
- TrueMotion – Another free app for iPhone and Android users, TrueMotion claims that simply downloading the app can reduce distracted driving by 50 percent. This app scores every driver in a family on how safely they drive and whether they use their phone while operating a vehicle, pinpointing exact moments where they may have been distracted. You have the ability to compare driving scores and show your family’s location on the road in real time.
- Lifesaver – This app blocks the ability to use your phone while behind the wheel, and automatically notifies loved ones once you’ve safely arrived at your destination. Not only is it popular among parents, but also corporate and fleet companies.
- SafeDrive – Although this app also disables texting while driving, one of the features is that it rewards you for avoiding your phone. Once you exceed six miles per hour, this app will begin awarding points which can be used for discounts at participating stores.
No matter which app you wish to use, a safe driving app can help you drive without distraction. Use your phone to be accident-free, not get into one.