Don’t text and drive. Tired of hearing it? Well, listen to this: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, there were 391,000 injuries caused by distracted driving including 3,477 deaths. Want to know and even more alarming statistic? Every day, despite the common knowledge that cell phones are a major risk on the road, there are approximately 660,000 drivers using a mobile device behind the wheel. It can’t be said enough: Don’t text and drive. Returning your best friend’s snap streak can wait; we promise the duck face isn’t worth it. If you mom is anxiously trying to get ahold of you, pull over at the nearest gas station and give her a ring back. Bottom line, keep your eyes on the road and your phone out of sight. If the urge to check those notifications is too tempting to handle, check out some of these apps (other than Aceable of course, you all know how much we prioritize this issue) that want to help you stay safe on the road:
A free app available for all smartphone users, EverDrive monitors your drive while passively running in the background. Collecting data like your speed, your device’s screen use, the time of day, your location, your braking, and your rotational movements, the app scores your trips after you complete them. In order to get a good score, you must practice safe driving habits like staying the suggested speed limit, keeping your phone locked, and avoiding harsh braking. The best part? The app encourages you to add friends so you can compete with your family and friends over the best driving score. This may be an app that’s finally worth adding your parents as friends- show off that good score and gain their trust!
This app is a parent’s dream come true -- but don’t worry you can reap the rewards by following the rules. Using GPS knowledge, LifeSaver allows parents the ability to lock your phone while you’re driving and notifies them if you unlock it. To give teens an extra nudge to stay off the screen, the app has an incentive program that lets parents set up rewards for safe driving that can be redeemed by drivers at the end of the month. If you need your friend to respond to something for you, they can unlock the phone and confirm that they’re a passenger. But don’t try and sneak around this one- your parents will still be notified!
Apple “Do Not Disturb While Driving”
Soon, Apple will be adding the much-needed feature of notification blockage to its next update (iOS 11). If your phone is connected to your car’s bluetooth and it’s in motion, it will withhold any incoming message or notifications. Even better, if someone does text who needs a fast reply, it’ll send an automatic response to let them know you’re driving and respond immediately. Users will be able to see Apple Maps but won’t be able to update the destination while in motion. This feature also allows passengers to indicate that they’re not driving to unlock the phone, so if you’re going venturing out to a new place, bring a friend!
This app simplifies your phone interface when selected and incorporates voice commands. It can also send pre-set messages to let others know you are driving. Plus it works with alot of different apps from facebook messenger to spotify to waze.
Download some of these apps if you think you’re guilty of distracted driving. Trust us, your safety is worth a delayed Instagram check.