While everybody knows they shouldn’t use a smartphone one in each four crashes involves anyone texting, snapping, sharing, or talking on a mobile device. Therefore, how do we rescue ourselves … from ourselves? I have tested more than a dozen programs.
DriveMode Wins Top Spot
Every mobile provider provides something to assist with driving. I discovered AT&T’s complimentary DriveMode app for iPhone and Android works the best, and after almost six months of testing, is the one that I still use.
It turns on automatically if your car begins moving more than 15 mph and silences text alerts. It does not totally lock down your phone, however: anyone who texts will find a pre-configured response (such as “I am driving, will call you back in a moment”) and it’s still possible to access music, navigation, and pick contacts in your phone using one click. Parents may also set up the app if a driver deletes it notify them.
The reason this app blew past the competition for me is because it’s super simple to use and eliminates the most frequent sources of distraction: telephone calls, text messages, matches and websites. You simply set it and forget it. At the same time, it allows some interaction like streaming audio along with the Waze navigation app through Spotify. Security experts argue that the only secure place for a smartphone in a vehicle is in the back–but human behavior has shown us that does not work. (I’m not sure I could get anywhere anymore without Waze.)
AT&T DriveMode program works with different carriers, but the other suppliers have their own alternatives also. Sprint’s Drive First app is great, but only accessible for Android phones. Much like T-Mobile’s DriveSmart app and you’ll need to pay $4.99 to get it to do exactly what AT&T’s DriveMode will mechanically. Verizon’s Driving Mode controllers come straight from the Android Verizon Messages app, so it doesn’t work on iPhones either. It also disables sends and texts an auto-reply when you get a message, but it does not turn off some other distractions. Additionally, it needs to be turned manually every time you get in the vehicle, unless you have paired it using Bluetooth.
Apps Worth Taking For A Spin
SafeDrive (free for Android and iPhone) creates a game out of remaining off of your telephone and I love it. Instead of preventing you you are awarded by it when you don’t. You’re in a car, a display pops up on your telephone that shows exactly how many points you have earned. Leave your phone alone, and you also earn points as you drive–but should you touch your phone, all those points vanish. You can cash in your at your local gas station, and also additional retailers’ list is growing. SafeDrive users may even challenge you to see who stands up the miles. Winners get attractiveness, and much more points.
Focus — Screen Free Driving (iPhone) is just another fun take on remaining off your phone–kind of like smartphone shaming–but in a effective manner. It launches when you begin driving, and if you touch with your telephone, a voice sternly says, “hang up and drive.” If you don’t, the program gets downright angry, yelling phrases like, “lock your phone NOW,” “eyes on the road, Chief,” and even, “would your parents be pleased with you when they knew you had been doing so?”
It’s impossible to ignore, funny, and helps you understand how long you really do spend sucked from your smartphone. At the close of every drive, it gives you a road report. That’s fairly. It’s free to download, however you can unlock extra attributes for $4.99, for example how speeding reports for teen drivers.
If you absolutely need to stay plugged-in while on the street, try Android app MessageLOUD ($15.99/year). It’s a new service which automatically reads out emails and out your texts as you push. It functions with Gmail, MS Office365, Yahoo, Outlook, Exchange and Hotmail. It lets you phone back with a tap or swipe a lot like controlling your tv, or delete, blow off, auto-reply. It is still a program and more distracting than DriveMode, but a step up from getting your phone on your eyes and your hand on the monitor. The program manufacturers are working on an iOS version today.
In theory, Siri should read my messages but I think my iPhone’ve lost a lot of and scrambled her brain. Everytime I ask, “read my texts,” she attempts to Facetime someone named Dex.
This is an especially dangerous time for drivers. An yearly AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study shows the highest number of teen deaths on the road happen during the calendar year’s “100 Deadliest Days” between Memorial Day and Labor Day. If it comes to tech support, there are lots of options here, but my favorite is tXt Blocker ($7/month). It shuts down the telephone completely when your teen is driving (and lets you install “No-Cell Zones” to prevent texting from school or work) that teens can’t hack around. You can even track and find your teen through the tXtBlocker site and see reports on how safely they’re driving.
What have you found works best for remaining off your smartphone in the vehicle? Make sure you let us know in the comments section.