Stop Teen Texting and Driving with These Four Apps
There is no argument that distracted driving is dangerous, and that texting while driving is one of the more serious ways that a person becomes distracted. It is one of the lead concerns for automotive safety regulators, and 35 states have passed laws banning the use of mobile cellular devices. The problem is- it's a damn hard thing to enforce. Earlier this year, Massachusetts and Connecticut both received federal funding to teach cops how to better spot texters-and-drivers, or whatever the hell you want to call it. Frankly its just impossible to check every car, or even tell if someone is texting. To that end, several app developers have come out with solutions to either track the child's cellphone use or block calls and texts altogether. This may be a little overbearing for some, but consider that these children have had more experience with smartphones than cars at this point, while most adults are just the opposite! With that in mind, check out these apps: DriveMode:
This one was developed by AT&T and activates when moving at more than 25 mph. Any incoming calls, texts or emails will be met with an automatic response that the owner of the phone is driving. DriveMode will get your child to stop texting and driving just so people don't have to receive those responses, letting everyone know what overbearing parents the driver's parents are.
This app monitors vehicle speed and blocks texts and calls when the car is moving. DriveScribe can also tell the driver to slow down if they are going to fast, though you may have your kid throwing the phone out the window after a few alerts about speed, but hey- they won't be distracted
If you are a real nervous-nanny, you could get Canary, which lets you see the child's cell phone use in real-time. The app will also tell the parents if Canary is disabled. I have to warn you, your child will hate you for using this and may run off with a rock back just despite your controlling efforts.
The app was developed by an insurance company and can tell if the phone is moving more than 10 mph and temporarily disables the phone. DriveOFF works great, unless your child is a multi-tasking sprinter, at which point you should tell him to get off the phone at track practice.