Continuing from Apps That Can Prevent Texting While Driving (Part 1), the following presents and discusses three more apps that can be effective at preventing texting while driving and, as a result, reduce the chances that your teenage driver will get into a distracted driving-related car accident.
- TextLimit – This app, which costs $24.99 per year per phone that it is used on, lets parents disable a teen’s cellphone functions when that phone is moving at or above a certain speed. Despite this disabling of the phone when it is in motion, parents can still call and contact their teens. Additional benefits of this app are that it can send parents emails when teens are driving above posted speed limits and that it can qualify parents for discounts on their auto insurance rates.
- DriveScribe – This app, which is free, creates an incentive system for teens to stop texting while driving. Specifically, it awards teens points for their safe driving practices; these points can then be converted into gift cards, which can be redeemed at retailers like Amazon.com.
- DriveSafe.ly – This app, which costs $13.95 per year per phone that it is used on, lets drivers listen to text messages and emails that they receive while they are driving. It also permits teens and others to set up an automatic response of “I’m driving” or “I’ll get back to you soon” when messages are listened to. Given the cost, this app can be effective when parents are trying to monitor the driving and texting habits of more than one child.
It’s important to point out that, regardless of these apps, parents should:
- Talk to their children about the dangers of texting while driving. Here, using real statistics can be effective a highlighting how dangerous this practice is.
- Be the example that they want their kids to follow, which means not texting while driving themselves.
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