Preventing teenagers (and other drivers) from texting while driving. As part of our focus on Teen Driver Safety Week, let’s look at some apps that can block text messaging while driving.
One of applications that can prevent car accidents caused by text messaging is the SMSReplier app. When you are driving above 15 miles an hour and receive an email or text message, the phone sends a reply like this: “I’m currently operating a vehicle. Is it okay if I text you when I get off the road?”
Another application, Drivesafe.ly, reads texts and messages to you so you don’t have to look at your phone. I personally used this on my Blackberry was not overly impressed with this application.
A third one, iZup, works with your phone’s GPS system. It can tell when you are moving and locks the phone when the vehicle reaches a configurable trigger speed–usually around 5mph. iZup prevents incoming and outgoing phone calls or texts, although it does allow unlimited access to 911 and up to three pre-programmed phone numbers. iZup also has a passenger override, so others in the car can use the phone if the driver knows the password. The system is tamper-proof–which may be important to parents. If the GPS is disabled, parents would be notified. They would also be notified if 911 is dialed. The cost of iZup is $19.95 a year for a single user and $59.95 for a yearly family plan. It is available for most Blackberries, Windows Mobile and Android phones.
Apps like iZup, SMSreplier and Drivesafe.ly are not available for iPhones because Apple does not allow programs that constantly run in the background.
I am sure there are additional applications out there that can prevent car accidents by blocking text messaging while driving. Do your research and take steps to protect the teenagers in your life from serious injuries from a car accident caused by the distraction of text messaging.
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