Distracted driving has become one of the most common ways car accidents occur. While most people associate distracted driving with texting while behind the wheel, it can involve doing anything that takes your hands from the steering wheel or your eyes from the road.
There are many ways to circumvent distractions while driving, but if you cannot seem to keep your hands off your phone, then you should look into downloading a safety app. Many apps are on the market that prevent you from using your phone while traveling above a certain speed.
This app automatically turns on when you travel over 10 miles per hour. However, there is also a manual feature, so you can decide when to disable texts at your discretion. The app will send a reply to anyone who contacts you while the app is active to let people know you are presently unavailable.
DriveScribe is a great app for parents to put on their kids' phones. Similar to Text-STAR, this app disables texting features. It also provides the driver with helpful instructions. For example, if the app senses the driver going faster than recommended, then it will provide real-time voice feedback.
DriveSafe.ly will send an automatic response to anyone who texts you, but it also reads the text aloud to you. This suppresses the urge to pick up the phone and take your hands off the steering wheel. If you wish, then you can respond to any texts through voice commands.
A common reason people respond to texts is to inform others of when they will arrive. With the On My Way app, you can invite people to follow your trek. This eliminates the need for anyone you meet up with to text and ask you when you will arrive. Instead, they can follow along and see exactly where you are and when you should arrive.