Many organizations are currently working hard to bring awareness to the public about the dangers of distracted driving because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. While distracted driving is on the forefront of everyone’s brain this month, it is important to remember that the dangers associated with distracted driving year round. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts one’s attention from driving. It impairs one’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle and takes your attention away from safe driving. Since it is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the attorneys at Colombo Law want you to be aware of things you can do to limit the possibility of distracted driving for you and your loved ones. For a risk-free initial consultation, contact Colombo Law today.
Distracted Driving Simulators
Distracted driving simulators are a great resource for you or your loved one. There are many driving simulators such at AT&T’s It Can Wait and Toyota’s Heads Up simulator. These simulators are beneficial because they show how quickly unforeseen obstructions in the road can occur. Not only do these simulators require drivers to quickly react to obstructions, they also require individuals to comply with traffic laws while reviewing and reacting to text messages and social media responses.
Cell Phone Applications
There are several cell phone applications that can be installed on your or your loved one’s cell phone to eliminate driving distractions. The key features of these apps are the ability to block text messages, incoming phone calls, and social media accounts from being used while driving. A few suggested apps that can limit or prohibit distracted driving include:
- Canary is a free app that notifies an individual’s parents any time a text, tweet, or phone call is answered. It also has other safety features to monitor speed, provide notification any time a child texts, tweets, or answers a call while driving.
- CellControl is downloaded for a parent’s peace of mind. This app disables only the driver’s phone while driving, preventing the driver from texting, taking selfies, using social media accounts, and playing games.
- Live2Txt prevents drivers from reading and responding to texts by turning off texts and incoming calls on command and notifies anyone who texts or calls that the individual is driving.
Speak with Your Child about the Dangers of Distracted Driving
While it is beneficial to download an app to limit the use of a phone while driving, nothing can replace face-to-face conversation. It is extremely important to speak with your loved ones about the dangers of distracted driving.