Can Apps Help Prevent Distracted Driving?
It may seem counterintuitive, but “yes!” Certain apps on your phone can help prevent distraction while driving. Some take away the temptation to text and drive, others read your texts and emails out loud, and some create accountability for you and all other drivers on the road.
The best example of an app that can prevent distracted driving is the AT&T DriveMode App. When turned on, the feature silences all incoming text messages, alerts, and phone calls. It also sends automated responses to text messages, letting your friends and family know that you are driving and cannot respond. The app activates automatically, as well, turning on any time your vehicle moves at 15 mph or faster.
DriveMode makes it easy to access music or navigation. All it takes is one touch and you can pull up Waze, GoogleMaps, or any other navigation apps you need. Similarly, you can always call 911 or access your emergency contacts with the touch of a button. You will not, however, be able to send text messages. Parents can even choose to have a text message sent to them any time their teenage drivers turn DriveMode off.
DriveSafe.ly® is a simple iPhone app that reads your text messages and emails out loud in real-time whenever it’s activated. The app is compatible with Bluetooth and completely hands-free, which means you won’t ever have to touch your phone while driving. You can also set a custom auto-response with your ETA or custom message, so you can stay connected with your friends and family while keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
Smart Phone Dashcams
Having a video camera in your car, or a “dashcam,” can be valuable in the event of an accident. Any footage you record is admissible as evidence in settlement negotiations or courtroom trials. Further, drivers who are recording the behaviors of those around them may be less likely to act unsafely themselves.
Additionally, if you text and drive with a dashcam activated, you will have to interrupt the video loop and there will be evidence of your distraction. This kind of accountability is all the motivation some drivers need. Dashcams can also reward good behavior, as many drivers can send proof of their safe driving habits to insurance companies for hefty discounts.
Get started with a free download of Smart Dash Cam on iOS or Android.
What If I Am Injured in a Distracted Driving Accident?
Although using the apps above can prevent distracted driving in your own vehicle, you cannot control the actions of others.
If someone else’s negligence causes a car accident and you are injured as a result, contact us today. Our attorneys have more than 200 years of collective experience and can handle your case with professionalism and personalized care.