Preventing Texting and Driving
Texting and driving is a more significant issue today than ever before and is likely only to get worse.
While behind the wheel, drivers across the country have a growing distraction in their cell phones. The Center for Disease Control has reported that each day in the United States there are around nine fatalities and more than one thousand injured in motor vehicle accidents due to distracted driving.
Distracted driving is defined as any activity that a driver engages in while behind the wheel that takes their attention away from the road; engaging in such activity exponentially raises the chance of an accident occurring.
Distracted driving activities include the following:
- Eating and driving
- Applying make-up and driving
- Focusing attention on passengers
- Texting and driving
A driver using their phone while driving does not always mean texting. Other activities include:
- Browsing social media
- Google searching
- Taking photos
- Changing a song
With the advancement of cell phone technology, there is more enticement to have that screen lit up while driving behind the wheel. As harmless as a "quick text" at the moment may feel, it is incredibly dangerous to lose your focus and can easily lead to accidents, injuries, and legal cases.
Are there ways to prevent this?
To date, there are several applications in the App Store that users can download on their phones that will assist in resisting the temptation to text while driving or even using their phone while driving.
Any easy way to eliminate the desire to check your phone is by putting it in airplane mode. However, the following are some of the most popular cell phone applications you can download to remove the risk of texting and driving.
Let's discuss fantastic apps that Georgia and Tennessee residents, along with the rest of the world, can utilize!
Cellcontrol is an app designed for parents. It is a subscription-based service that comes with a device that you insert under the dashboard and an accompanying app that blocks your teen or loved one from texting while driving.
They can neither send nor receive texts while behind the wheel while you have the device/app engaged. It also disables other phone features while the car is in motion, such as email, Google, and using the camera, none of which can be accessed while the device/app is engaged.
Furthermore, parents will get a text or e-mail notification/alert if Cellcontrol is deactivated or removed.
This app is available for Android and iPhone.
2. Drivesafe Mode
Drivesafe Mode is another app in favor of easing the minds of parents with teen drivers.
The app prevents texting and emailing while the car is in motion. Even better, this app will also send a notification to the parent when the phone is in use or if the driver attempts to disable the app.
The sign-up process for Drivesafe Mode is simple and only takes a few minutes.
This app is available for Android and iPhone.
Live2Txt is an app that allows a driver to block incoming texts and calls while behind the wheel.
All the driver needs to do is turn the app on when they get in the car and doing so will silence their smartphone from incoming notifications, texts, and calls.
When the driver receives a message, the app will notify the sender with a customized message that the driver is unable to respond at the moment due to driving.
This app is available only for Android.
Not necessarily a texting preventative app, but we have a bonus application that may entice you to buckle up your phone in the passenger seat.
Bonus App: Safedrive
While Safedrive may not prevent texts from coming into your device or notifying a parental figure, it does reward you for not texting and driving.
The way this works is by simply keeping the Safedrive app open once you're behind the wheel (faster than six mph), you will automatically start earning points that you can use toward discounts at participating stores.
Safedrive will keep track of the number of points you have accrued based on:
- Driving speed
- Time in traffic
- Distance traveled
Not a bad investment if you want a little extra special treatment for being a focused and aware driver.
Put Your Health and Safety First
These are just a few of the apps available that can assist someone in resisting the temptation to text while driving or even assist in easing the minds of parents who have teen drivers out on the roads.
Texting and driving is still an issue that almost all of us have been guilty of at one time or another. Unfortunately, there are still many accidents, injuries, and even deaths due to driving while distracted by smartphones.
If you find yourself in a situation where you have been injured in an auto accident due to another driver's lack of focus, whether texting and driving or not, you need to contact The Roth Firm immediately.
Our expertly trained Auto Accident Injury Attorneys will fight for you and make sure you receive the legal protection and compensation that you fully deserve.
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