In today’s society, cell phones have become an important part of our daily lives. From communicating and keeping up with current events to sharing our lives on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, we are constantly checking our phones—even when we are driving a motor vehicle.
Unfortunately, distracted driving injuries and kills hundreds of thousands of people every year, mainly due to cell phone use. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nine people are killed every day in the United States due to distracted driving.
Teenagers are considered the most at-risk age group—with the highest fatality rate caused by distracted driving. Not only are they less experienced than other motorists, but they are more likely to text while driving, drive over the speed limit, and are less likely to wear seatbelts.
In order to combat distracted driving, several app developers have created apps to help prevent it. So, instead of causing distracted driving accidents, your cell phone could be used to fight them.
The following are the most popular apps to help prevent texting while driving:
- LifeSaver – This app blocks access to your cell phone while driving and alerts loved ones once you have safely arrived at your destination. In addition, commercial fleet managers can use LifeSaver to monitor the behavior of their drivers.
- AT&T DriveMode – This app prevents you from calling, receiving calls, and texting while driving. Once you are driving more than 15 miles per hour, DriveMode can automatically start.
- SafeDrive – Not only does this app disable texting while the vehicle is in motion, but it also has a reward system that enables users to earn discounts at various retailers. When you drive over six miles per hour, the app automatically begins awarding you points. But as soon as you use your phone, you will lose all the points gained during the drive.