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3 apps to help you fight off distracted driving

Now that everyone seems to have a smartphone in their pocket, distracted driving is more prevalent than ever. It is for this reason North Carolina has introduced a new initiative to keep drivers safe while traveling down rural roadways. 

While the smartphone is a common source of distracted driving, it can also help you remain more focused on the road. There are numerous apps available, many of which are free, you can download to help you keep your eyes on the road where they belong. With everyone doing their part, North Carolina can reduce its number of annual motor vehicle accidents

1. Detext

Detext is a great app to block all incoming texts and calls because it starts automatically. The app has a GPS feature, so it knows when you are on the road. If someone sends a text, the app will send an automatic response informing the other person you are behind the wheel and will return the message as soon as you can. This is a great app for parents to put on their teens' phones because the app also provides information related to how fast your teenager drives. 

2. iOnRoad

This app is a fairly new one that utilizes augmented reality to help you stay focused. It lets you know if you are too close to the vehicle immediately in front of you. If you get too close, the app issues a warning and makes a loud noise to alert you of the danger. iOnRoad also blocks any texts and phone calls while you drive. 

3. Drivesafe.ly

Drivesafe.ly is slightly different from the other two apps. Instead of blocking any incoming texts, the app reads them aloud to you. Many people prefer this option in case there is an emergency. You just need to make sure not to respond to the text while you are still driving. Any one of these apps would be a useful addition to your smartphone. 

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