Phones are by far the most common cause of distracted driving, which is involved in an estimated 8% of fatal car accidents. Using a phone while driving can be even more dangerous than driving drunk – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that driving while texting is six times more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol.
It can be difficult for some to focus entirely on the road in front of them when their phone is easily accessible, especially when it is notifying them of texts, emails, social media interactions, and other things. If this is something you, a friend, or a family member struggle with, you should familiarize yourself with the variety of distracted driving prevention technology available today.
Cell phone blocking apps and technology
There are a lot of different apps that will prevent a phone from receiving calls and texts once installed. Some of these apps will work when paired with a device that is put in the car, which connects to the app and allows a phone to track the vehicle’s speed.
Some phone manufacturers, like Apple and Google, have distracted driving prevention technology like this built into their devices. Those with an iPhone or Google Pixel can easily turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving (DNDWD) mode in settings to silence text and call notifications.
Certain wireless providers, like AT&T and Verizon, also provide services like this that begin to block text and call alerts when in motion in your vehicle.
Voice command technology
Both Apple and Android have their own voice activated car assistants that double as distracted driving prevention technology when used responsibly. Apple Car Play and Android Auto are smartphone integrated systems that are compatible with most cars manufactured in the last several years and enable drivers to control their car’s entertainment system with their voice. These systems can read out and reply to text messages, use navigation apps, take and make phone calls, and do just about everything else your phone can do. While technology is advancing to provide options for drivers that are constantly connected to their phones, there is always some level of distraction when engaged in any other activity while driving your vehicle. The best approach is simply not using your phone completely, in any fashion, while driving. Stay safe and keep your community safe by avoiding dangerous activities that could lead to a crash caused by distracted driving.
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