Driving Text Free – There’s An App For That!

This is an excerpt from a blog written by Matt Zollner who works for our friends at Central Insurance. To read the entire blog you can visit the Central Blog HERE.

Teenage girl texting and driving

I’m on the road pretty much every day for work and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t see a distracted driver texting away as they are driving down a busy highway. The statistics about distracted driving are alarming. The number of deaths due to distracted driving is expected to exceed those from alcohol-related accidents by 2014. Yet no matter how many awful statistics we hear, it just doesn’t seem to help solve the problem.

Whether you’re a concerned parent or a business owner with a fleet of vehicles, you want to keep your family or employees safe when they are on the road. That leads me to one of my favorite modern-day questions: do they make an app for that?

The short answer is YES, there are several apps to help us stay safe on the road. What’s available basically falls into three categories. The first category I’ll call “The Honor System.” These apps let you voluntarily lock your phone in a safety mode while driving. They have a variety of tracking plans that will allow you to award your teen or employee for choosing to do the right thing. These apps will promote good behavior but will not always eliminate the risk.

The second category I’m calling “I Just Can’t Do It.” These are mainly apps that help you avoid texting in variety of ways, from automated responses to messages that tell the sender you’re busy driving, to one button pre-programed responses and other hands-free texting assistance.