With numerous things around to distract a driver, ignoring a call, voice mail or even text is leading in causing a car accident. As per the survey conducted by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , 20% of the car accidents occurred are mainly due to distracted driving which involved cell phone. Even hands free is failing to prevent crashes. Talking on phone while driving delays your reaction time similar to driving with blood alcohol level of 0.08%.
We have states bringing stringent rules to avoid cellphone use but still the number of accidents continues to grow. This is resulting in growth of many other cell phone applications to prevent drivers from taking calls or texting while driving. More the number of accidents eventually mean higher car insurance premium. Below are some mobile applications to avoid hazards:
- iZup: This is designed for companies employing drivers. Once the car starts, this gets activated. It bars outgoing calls and incoming calls, emails and text messages will be held.
- Drive Safe: This application disables calling, texting and emailing capabilities of your phone on reaching certain speed. This is benefiting the parents in controlling their teens on usage of mobile phones. Their access to mails, other social networking sites, texting, calling and more can be timed. However, it does not stop incoming and emergency calls from 911.
- Drive Smart: This automatically disables calls and texts on your mobile phone on reaching a speed of 10mph. A complete termination to distraction. Used basically by T-mobile users.
There will be certain situations where you will have to use the mobile phone while driving. In such instance pull over, get off the road and start again only after you are done with the talking. You can also install any of the above applications to avoid the distraction. Make sure that you do not text or email while driving. These actions require both hands and eyes to be involved which is supposed to be on roads.