We sincerely hope that you are not reading this while driving (if you do, put away your phone immediately, and keep it out of reach as you focus on the road!).
Okay, so where were we? Ah, yes. Distracted driving. Did you know that distracted driving – or, in other words, using your phone while operating a vehicle – is one of the top causes of fatal car accidents in Florida?
The next time you feel the urge to reply to a text, answer a call, read Facebook or Twitter messages, post an Instagram picture, check emails, or edit a Snapchat video, all while driving, consider these statistics.
Fact: More than half a million (500,000) people are injured and more than 6,000 are killed in over 1.6 million car accidents each year due to distracted driving (more specifically, due to using a phone while driving).
If these statistics are not convincing enough to stop using your phone or getting otherwise distracted while driving once and for all, our Cooper City car accident attorney at Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A., knows exactly how to discourage you from using your phone while driving.
Our lawyer has selected several apps that are designed to prevent motorists from using their phone while driving. These are the best iOS and Android apps for distracted drivers:
- Cellcontrol. This is an app that is designed to keep you and other occupants in your vehicle safe throughout the trip. The way it works is quite simple. You install a piece of hardware under your rearview mirror and enable the app. And that’s it. The app will automatically disable texting and all applications while you drive. Cellcontrol is a great option if you have a teenager or young adult who has the unhealthy habit of using their phone while driving. Once installed, the app is difficult to disable, as you are required to be an admin (the one who installed it) to change the settings or disable the app.
- Drivemode. Although this app does not turn off notifications entirely, it prevents you from having to use your hands while using your phone throughout the trip. Our experienced car accident attorney in Cooper City explains that the app turns incoming text messages into audio and reads it through the stereo system in your car. Also, it helps you auto reply to text messages with little to no distraction.
- DriveSafe Mode. This app is a more user-friendly alternative to the apps mentioned above. If you know that your teenager child has the willpower to NOT use their phone while driving, but want to keep track of your child while driving anyway, the DriveSafe Mode app is exactly what you are looking for. This app will notify you if your teen started using their phone while driving, and will notify you if your child has disabled the app.
- Live2Txt. Sometimes, turning off your phone while driving is impossible, which is why this app may come in handy. You can use this app to silence calls, text messages, and social media notifications while driving. Also, this app allows users to customize auto-reply messages to let the person who calls or texts you know that you are currently unavailable.
There are tons of other apps for distracted drivers on the Internet. If the list above is not enough, Google other apps and see if they fit you more. If you or your teenager child has been in an auto crash caused by distracted driving, do not hesitate to contact a Cooper City car accident attorney. Speak to our lawyers at Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A., by calling at 954-438-1000. Get a free case evaluation today.