We’ve all been there before; stopped at a red light or pulling up to an empty intersection with a red light, and our cell phone rings or buzzes. The temptation is so strong, so you check to see what it could be. You check it, maybe respond to it, and then set your phone down with no damage done. This probably makes you more confident in your ability to multitask behind the wheel, so next time it buzzes, you do it again. And again. And again. And again. Pretty soon you’ve reached your destination and you can’t even recall your drive from Point A to Point B; you were THAT distracted! If you find yourself doing this, just imagine what your teen is doing behind the wheel. Growing up in the digital world, there are so many other things he or she can be distracted by. Texts, tweets, Instagram notifications, Snapchats, Facebook messages, etc.; the list goes on and on!
Sure they may get away with it without causing any damage, but they’re still putting themselves and everyone else on the road around them in serious danger when they decide to text and drive. Just ask the families of the 11 teens that die EVERY DAY due to texting while driving if they appreciate your son or daughter on their phone while behind the wheel. As a parent, it is your job to make them aware of the dangers of distracted driving and to take every precautionpossible to keep them from doing it.
Do you have a new teen on the road? These 3 apps will help you monitor their driving behavior and safety:
Canary- Teen Safety
Canary is our personal favorite and a great option for parents, because it tracks your teen’s behavior while behind the wheel. When you download the app (available for Android and iOS) to your child’s phone, you can set a maximum speed limit and get alerts to your phone when your children go over them. You can also get alerts when your teen is traveling outside of his or her “boundaries” and breaking curfew.
Live2Txt, is an Android app that allows you to block incoming texts and calls while driving. Turn the app “on” when you get in the car, and you’ll silence your smartphone from incoming notifications, texts and calls. When you receive a message, the app will alert the person who sent it to you with a customized message that you’re unable to respond at the moment. It doesn’t have to be some dorky alert message to the sender, because you can create it yourself. If you’d like, make it funny! The person trying to reach you will get a kick out of that. You also have the option to block incoming calls and texts, only texts or only calls. Live2Txt also comes in handy during other times you need to keep it quiet, such as during an important meeting, your next massage or your child’s school play.
Another app available, Drive Safe.ly limits distractions for drivers. It allows you to shut down all apps and puts your phone virtually on airplane mode. You can use the free version or pay $9.99/month for the whole family and access more features. These features include speak-to-text, text auto response, and much more. Available for Android and iPhone.
Regardless of the reason you’re downloading an app to block texting while driving, it’s important to educate yourself and young drivers about driving safely. And to be honest, there’s no reason you should need an app to prevent you from using your phone behind the wheel. Just be SMART! Here’s some more info on distracted driving.
Wearable Imaging offers a couple of promotional products to keep your children’s attention on the road as well. Order one of these Absorbing Stone Car Coasters to stop worrying about setting your phone down in a wet cup holder. These stones absorb all liquid in your cup holders. Or, if you’re not one to set your phone in your cup holder, get one of these Jelly Sticky Pads to keep your phone in place on your dashboard!
In conclusion, when it comes down to it, no text message is worth your life- or anyone else’s for that matter. The person on the other end of the message would agree as well. Make the smart, responsible decision and wait to send a message until you are out of the driver’s seat.