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Safe Driving iPhone Apps Every Parent Should Be Aware Of
Very few teenagers are model drivers even after they get their driver’s license. They need a lot of practice and instruction before they can safe drivers. Smartphones have made it even more difficult for them to drive safely, because they often can’t resist the temptation to respond to a text, answer a phone call or go onto Facebook. Using your phone while driving can be very dangerous so you will want to discourage them from doing this as much as possible.
Fortunately, there are a number of great apps that can help you ensure your teen drives safely. Some apps are made to keep them from using their phone at all while others can help teach them safer driving habits. Here are a few that you may want to think about.
This is one of the most sophisticated devices on the market. You will install a tamperproof device under the steering wheel which can detect when the car is turned on. The phone receives feedback from the driving device so your teen won’t be able to use it while it is in operation. The app sends autoreplies to any texts your teen receives while driving.
This is arguably the best app to keep people from using their phones while driving, but it has two disadvantages. First of all, your teen may still have trouble accessing their phone when they aren’t driving (unless you are the one to disable the device). The app also costs nearly $100.
This app can helps you monitor your teens driving habits. You will be instantly notified if they go over the speed limit or break another traffic law. You will be notified in real time and told where the violation took place. You can use the app for free, but you will need to pay $5 for more advanced features. The professional version allows you to customize reports on your teen’s driving habits.
This is an app that is available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It has all the information consumers need to drive safely. It can give you information on how to respond in different types of driving conditions or let you know what to do if your vehicle stalls on the road. This can be great for teens involved in a difficult situation, because they usually don’t have the experience to know how to respond.
This device helps you make sure that your teen won’t be texting while driving. It will read text messages to them so that they aren’t tempted to check them while the vehicle is in operation. You can buy the app for one of your kids for $13.95 a year or pay $39.95 a year if you want to use it for the whole family.
Steer Clear Mobile
This iPhone app is completely free and helps teach teenagers who to drive safely. It was developed by State Farm to help reduce accidents. Your teenager should qualify for the State Farm Safe Driver Discount if they follow the instructions from this app.
Dangers of Distracted Driving
This app is available for less than $1. It helps your teenagers understand the dangers they may face using their iPhone while operating a vehicle. The consequences may seem unpleasant enough to get them to change their driving habits.
Kalen is a technology writer who discusses ways new technology can improve our daily lives. He currently writes on behalf of mobilephones.org.uk.