Texting has not only become a part of our culture, but it has invaded every space of our daily lives. In classrooms, at dates, in performances, people of all ages text these days. While this might be disrespectful and inappropriate, the more disconcerting part of texting is the number of people that do it while driving.
Despite it being illegal in the state and 45 others in the U.S., despite the growing trend of people in accidents from texting, despite the government, highways, and insurance companies doing everything they can to try and stop the trend, people proceed to be on their phone while driving, and it shows in the statistics. People who read or write text messages while driving are 23% more likely to be in a car crash than other drivers, leading to more than 1.6 million auto crashes each year and causing 500,000 injuries and 6,000 deaths.
There, however, are several apps that block texts from being received while driving. Here’s a breakdown of the most popular ones. These apps are perfect for teen drivers.
Cellcontrol is a subscription-based service that features a device inserted under the dashboard and an accompanying app that blocks your teen from sending or receiving texts while driving. It also disables other phone features while the car is in motion, such as using email or accessing the camera. You’ll get a text or e-mail alert if Cellcontrol is deactivated or removed. (For Android™ and iOS)
Drive Safe Mode
This app prevents texting and emailing while driving. It can notify a parent or guardian when the phone is in use and if the driver shuts off the app while on the road. Signup takes only a few minutes. (For Android and iOS)
Live2Txt is an app that lets you block incoming texts and calls while driving. Turn the app on when you get behind the wheel, and you’ll silence your smartphone from incoming notifications, texts and calls. When you receive a message, the app will alert the sender with a customized message that you’re unable to respond at the moment. (For Android)
SafeDrive rewards you with points that you can use for discounts at participating stores for not texting while driving as long as you’re going at least 6 mph. All you have to do is activate it and drive. (For Android and iOS)
DriveSafe.ly includes One Tap operation and auto-on functionality that lets users seamlessly interact with their phone while driving. Drivesafe.ly automatically reads the callers’ name, text messages, and emails aloud. You can also set it to auto-respond without needing to touch the device. (For Android)
If you need to break the habit or want to instill good driving habits in your teen, these apps provide the perfect protection and even incentive for waiting to text when not driving.