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Apps to stop distracted driving

We’ve all seen that driver; the one glancing at their phone as they drive down the road. And while most of us don’t like to admit it, there’s a good chance that driver has been you. According to NOPUS, at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.

If you’re having a hard time keeping your phone put away when you’re behind the wheel, or if you have a young driver you’d like to keep from driving distracted, your phone may actually be the answer. Several apps are available that make distracted driving much harder to achieve. Here’s a look at a few of the top ones.

Cellcontrol

Cellcontrol is a subscription-based service that features a device inserted under the dashboard of your car. Designed with parents in mind, the accompanying app can stop your teen from sending or receiving messages while driving and can disable other phone features, such as email and the camera, when the car is in motion.

DriveMode

Developed by AT&T, DriveMode can be set up to automatically kick in and block text messages and calls when you are driving over 15 MPH. If you’re using it for a teen driver, the app will notify you if it’s deactivated or any settings are changed.

Live2Txt

Live2Txt responds to texts for you when you’re behind the wheel. Not only does it block incoming texts and calls, it will alert the sender with a customized message that you’re unable to respond at the moment.

DriveSafe Mode

DriveSafe Mode allows users to monitor or control social media and texting while behind the wheel. For parents, you’ll get an immediate notification if your teen is using any mobile app or texting while driving. You can also specify certain phone numbers that can be called during emergencies.

Wonder

Wonder takes a bit more work to set up, and only works if each party has it installed, but it’s worth the time. Wonder alerts contacts within the app that you are driving before they text or call you. This empowers

Whichever app you choose, be sure it’s compatible with your phone and achieves the basic function of blocking texts and calls while the driver is in the vehicle.

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