April is the Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This is the time of the year when motorists are encouraged to avoid using their mobile devices in recognition of the cause. But how many of us do it anyway? We all know how the use of mobile phones during driving is the reason the number of road accidents have gone up rapidly in the last decade, but are you doing anything to prevent such things?
According to a recent report presented by AT&T, over 600,000 drivers in the United States use their mobile phones while driving during the day. It has also been found out that receiving or sending a text message while driving causes a distraction of an average of 4.6 seconds, which is similar to driving the entire length of a football field with the car running at a speed of 55 mph.
Technology is the source of the problem, but it is also the solution. In order to tackle distracted driving, numerous apps have been launched which keep distraction to the minimum.
#1. Canary: Canary is designed to run on both iOS and Android. This app keeps a tract on use of the device from behind the wheel. The dashboard will show if there has been tweeting, texting or Internet use. Users can also set alerts for speeding violations which is also shown on the dashboard.
#2. Cellcontrol: Once the Bluetooth trigger of Cellcontrol is plugged in to a car and synced with your smartphone, drivers will be automatically stopped by the system from using the device till the car is in motion. Users will have full access to the device once the car has stopped, but the moment they press on the gas, the device will get locked.
#3. Glympse: Although this app is compatible only with Mercedes, Ford and BMW cars, Glympse is one super-handy app to have synced with your car if you don’t want to look down at your smartphone every time you need directions. One synced, this app displays information on your car’s dashboard.
These are just a few of the recently launched apps which ensure that driving is kept safe and there are no risks to the lives of the drivers (as well as the passengers)!