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Apps to Help with Distracted Driving

Considering how many people are constantly on their phones these days, it should be no surprise that distracted driving is still, even more so, a top cause in increasing your chances for accident and death.

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Considering how many people are constantly on their phones these days, it should be no surprise that distracted driving is still a top cause of accident and death.

There are constant warnings and campaigns against distracted driving, but people still seem to take it lightly even if faced with statistics like there were more than 3,300 deaths and 416,000 injuries that occurred because of distracted driving.

Since 2012, these numbers that have only risen.

Sometimes your willpower not to check the text that just came in or the latest posts on your Facebook Newsfeed isn’t enough to stop you from picking up the phone. If that’s the case, then there are a few apps out there that work with technology instead of against it to help keep you safe.

1. LifeSaver

If you’re driving, not being able to access your phone may be just what you need to help you keep those eyes on the road.

This is exactly what LifeSaver does. It uses GPS tracking as well as other technologies to keep your phone locked and out of use while the vehicle is in motion.

If you’re out of the car, then you don’t have to worry about turning it off, the app is always running in the background and isn’t visible to you when you’re just walking around.

This app is targeted towards teens, and parents can track and monitor their young driver. If parents see their teens driving distraction free, they can go into the app and give rewards through the driver portal.

2. Canary

This app clearly helps break the habit of distracted driving with cold hard facts. It heavily involves parents and provides reports that makes you realize how often you put your life and others’ at risk.

It has a lot of helpful tools such as sending alerts that let parents know when their teen is using their phone while driving.

It also places maximum speed limits for the driver that will alert parents when their teen goes above them. It also allows parents to set a location perimeter that will alert them if their teen ventures out of it.

There is also an emergency button that will send out location info and warn the driver and parent of dangerous weather reports in your area.

There are of course many other apps out there, some offered by cell phone carriers like AT&T, but these are the two that are most often cited.

Canary is actually my personal favorite because of its advanced features and the look and feel of the app itself.

A lot of the distracted driving apps available to download look quite outdated. Considering how tech savvy younger generations are nowadays, presenting them with an app that looks like it was made 10 years ago probably isn’t the best way to get them to use it.

What I love most about Canary and actually all distracted driving apps in general is how it embraces technology instead of blasting it.

A lot of people tend to hold the opinion that all technology does is cause trouble and in this case, death and injury. But, that’s not the case.

Fighting against teens using their cell phones while driving inevitable. It’s better to embrace technology and use it to keep all drivers safe behind the wheel. That is exactly what these apps are setting out to do.