Texting or talking while driving has made the roads more dangerous. The CDC claims that in 2010, there were 3,092 distracted driving deaths. This figure has increased to 3,477 in 2015, and there is no reason to expect these numbers to fall anytime soon.
Laws have been enacted to punish distracted driving, but it’s not uncommon to see police texting at a stop light, too.
It’s an epidemic.
So, what can you do? Install apps that encourage you to stop distracted driving from causing an auto accident.
SafeDrive is an awesome, free app that has changed the way people handle distracted driving. Instead of just scolding you at every chance the app gets, this app makes driving safe into a challenge. The app allows you to earn rewards for not texting and driving.
Companies have partnered with the app to offer you discounted products.
The marketplace allows you to use your rewards for driving safe to spoil yourself a little. If you’re feeling competitive, you can also challenge other drivers from around the world to see who can drive safest. It’s kind of like playing a game with your best friend, but the game is how to be responsible when you drive.
You can also invite your friends to join in on the fun.
The same people that make SafeDrive also make Milez, and the app is similar in nature. The difference is that the Milez app is designed to help make your teen driver safe. You can choose to become what the company calls a “guardian angel.”
The idea is simple. You can choose to become a guardian angel that rewards your teen with cash for driving safe. Kids, and adults, are always motivated by money. When you’re offering cash as an incentive, your teen is sure to pay attention to the road.
Every mile that your teen doesn’t use their smartphone is measured and tracked inside of Milez.
The app is not free, but it works on a commission fee basis. If you decide to reward your teen with $10 for driving safe, you’ll pay 10%, or $1 in fees.
DriveSafe.ly is an app designed to stop distracted driving, but this app works a little differently than the other apps we’ve seen. This app is designed to act before you do, so it will read texts and emails aloud, eliminating the urge to check your phone.
And responses are sent automatically without you needing to touch your phone.
The text sent back to the other person will be generic. “I’m currently driving” is the main text that is sent back. But you have the option to edit the template to any text that you would like to send back to people automatically.
DriveMode is the final app on our list, and it’s also one of the most advanced. Voice controls allow you to control the app hands-free, but there are also touch options to make the app less intrusive.
- Reply to texts with premade responses
- Connect your favorite apps to control with voice commands or touch
- Use the app for navigation
The app conforms to NHTSA safety guidelines, so it’s developed to high industry standards.