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3 apps to prevent distracted driving

The rate at which car accidents occur has been steadily increasing for the past several years. An article in The Charlotte Observer states that the total number of traffic deaths increased 19 percent between 2014 and 2015. 

There are many possible explanations for why more people are involved in motor vehicle accidents, and one of them is distracted driving. A common excuse for why drivers become distracted while driving is they are looking at their smartphones. Taking your eyes off the road for even a couple seconds can result in an accident if something unexpected occurs. A great course of action is to download an app that locks your phone when you are moving. Here are some great ones to implement. 

1. DriveMode

This app automatically activates when you are moving faster than 15 miles per hour. While the app is active, it prevents you from receiving any texts. Additionally, it is not going to leave the person texting you in the dark. It sends an automatic message informing the sender you are behind the wheel. This prevents any hurt feelings. The app still allows you to utilize navigation and music apps if you like using those while driving. 

2. Focus - Screen-Free Driving

Similarly to DriveMode, this app automatically starts once you start traveling past a certain speed. However, if you pick up your phone while moving, then the app gently reminds you to put the phone down. If you fail to comply, then the app becomes more aggressive about putting down the phone. For an extra fee, parents can use the app to receive speeding reports from their teens' phones. 

3. SafeDrive

This is a great app for parents and teenagers alike. Both the parent and teen download the app on their respective phones. The parent can then monitor a teen's location at all times and receive notifications if the teen is traveling more than five miles above the posted speed limit.

If you do not want to download an app, you can always turn your phone on silent and put it out of reach. If you need to check it or make a call, pull over first.

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