The thought of your teen on the road can be very worrisome, particularly if he or she is never without a cell phone. Check out five texting and driving apps that may help prevent distracted driving and contribute to peaceful feelings even when your teen is behind the wheel:
1) Canary: iOS, Android
A great app for parents, Canary lets you know if your teen’s phone is unlocked while operating a vehicle. It will also alert you when your teen goes beyond the designated speed limit, out of town, or isn’t home in time for curfew.
2) Text Limit: iOS, Android
Is your teen not allowed to text or otherwise use the phone for a certain period of time? With this app parents can set a speed at which their child’s phone will be inactive. It also allows for parent contact even when this is the case and can send them alerts when their child exceeds a certain speed.
3) CellControl: iOS, Android
This app requires a bit more work. A device is installed under the steering column which monitors when the car is in motion. There is a blocking screen that pops up on the phone when the car is moving and prevents the driver from texting, it will disappear when the vehicle stops.
4) Drive Scribe: iOS, Android
While DriveScribe doesn’t do anything to prevent texting or calling while driving, it does promote safety in that drivers are given a “safe driver score” after each trip is complete. All that safe driving is accumulated in a points system redeemable for Amazon and Sports Authority among other retailers. How’s that for getting your teen to stop texting and driving??
5) DriveSafe.ly: iOS, Android, Blackberry
An app that lets drivers hear rather than read texts and emails, it also provides an automatic “I’m driving, leave me the heck alone” response. (Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly what it says!)
Although these phone apps are designed to prevent your teen from texting while driving, they aren’t fool proof. If you’re concerned about your teen’s phone usage while behind the wheel, it’s best to teach them to leave their phone in their purse, pocket, or glove compartment. When it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind. If there is an emergency…instruct your kid’s to pull over to the side of the road and use their phone.
At Gazda & Tadayon, we care about the safety of our fellow Nevadans. Stay safe and please don’t text and drive. However, if you have been involved in a car accident and are looking for personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas, NV to represent you, give us a call at 702-220-7128.