Smartphones and other electronic devices are blamed for many cases of distracted driving. But is there a way these same devices could be used to keep teen drivers safe? The answer is yes, according to Fox News Atlanta.
They did a report on what driving apps are available for parents to control and monitor what teens do with their phone in the car. They tested out five different applications:
AT&T DriveMode: Available for all phones on the AT&T network, this app will shut down text message alerts if the phone is going faster than 15 MPH. It also has a way to easily call five contacts, open a navigation app, or open a music app with a single touch.
Canary: Available for any phone, Canary will track everything done on the phone. You can be notified when your teen unlocks their phone or uses it. You can also set up speed limit notifications and geographical limit notifications.
Drivesafe.ly: Can only be used on Blackberries, iPhones, and Android phones. This app will read messages and emails out loud and has an autorespond feature.
Drive Safe Mode: This app will lock the phone when the car is in motion and will only allow drivers to call 911 or a preset number.
Overwatch: An iPhone only app, and a pricey one, it will pop up messages on the phone to keep drivers from using it if the car is going faster than 15 mph.
Distracted driving is a common cause of accidents and injuries on the road. Never text and drive, and use a hands-free device if you can. If you have been injured due to a distracted driver in Georgia, contact John Foy & Associates.