Worried about your teen texting while driving? Texting while driving (cell phone distraction) is reported to cause a 23% increase in car accidents. So you nag and you nag, but do they listen? No worries. There are 3 new mobile apps that can prevent your teen from breaking the rules.
3 New Mobile Apps Can Block Texting and Calling While Driving
These new apps block text and calling when the user is shown to be moving, detected via their phone’s GPS function. All 3 apps let you keep “911” unblocked for emergencies. You can program your phone to send a text message back to the person texting you that might read, “I’m driving right now; and will get back with you as soon as I can.” So no excuses that you just HAD to answer that hot guy who texted you. You can also program a verbal alert that warns your teen, “Put down the phone or the car keys are mine!” Cute, eh?
The new apps work on the Android OS, BlackBerry and the Windows Mobile OS, but will soon be available for the iPhone as well. Each app has it pros and cons, so if you want to check them out, they are ZoomSafer ($2.99/month), iZup ($5/month), and CellSafety $10/month).
For a mere $3-$10 per month subscription rate, what parent in their right mind wouldn’t want this on their teen’s phone? It may also be a prudent thing for businesses to consider for their company owned cell phones. Passing laws doesn’t seem to prevent texting or calling while driving, so perhaps a built in program is the answer. What’s your take on it?