I remember 10 years ago, Facebook didn’t exist and neither did my cell phone. And the totally crazy part? I survived! I didn’t need to be in constant communication with friends and acquaintances, and now we can’t go 10 minutes without checking a text or Facebook.
Nothing wrong with wanting to stay in touch with people, but it does cross a line when you would rather look down at your phone than the road. Here’s a scary stat for you: 1 out of every 4 accidents in the U.S. are caused by texting and driving, causing about 330,000 injuries EACH YEAR. You want to be part of that stat? I didn’t think so.
Here are 3 apps (ironic isn’t it?) that help you keep your eyes on the road.
DriveMode: This lovely app silences all incoming texts and sends auto-reply messages letting people know you’re behind the wheel. Your friends don’t think you’re ignoring them, and you driver safer. It’s a win-win. It’s mindless too; the app automatically turns on when you’re driving at least 15 miles per hour.
Lifesaver: Appropriately named. This is a great one for parents. Parents can remotely lock their kid’s phone while the car is in motion. Once the car stops, the phone will unlock on it’s own. You can also set the app to tell you when your child has left one place and get an alert when they have arrived at their next destination. (Don’t speed kids, your parents can do that math!)
Drive Safe.ly: Drive Safe.ly says the callers name and reads the texts message out loud and then sends the texter an automated reply letting them know you are driving. This app won’t automatically start up though, you must turn it on when you get behind the wheel.
These might seem lame and unnecessary, but the truth is- texting and driving is a huge problem. Little steps can make a huge difference in road safety.