WASHINGTON, April 24, 2016 —One of the greatest joys for a teenager is getting into the car for a summer trip. The greatest horror for parents that day is to wonder what they could have done to prevent the serious injury or tragic death of their teenager in a driving accident. According to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study, the highest number of teen deaths occur during the year’s “100 Deadliest Days” between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
In 2013 a AAA study found that over 371,000 people were injured and 2,927 were killed in crashes involving a teen driver during that period of time. Fortunately for parents who worry and teens who are eager to grab the car keys to drive, there are apps and gadgets that could help prevent an injury or fatality while teens are behind the wheel.
First things first. Before a teen driver heads out the door, AAA recommends that both parents and teen drivers check out their parent-teen driving agreement found at TeenDriving.AAA.com. This website is an excellent first step for parents to communicate with teens without a smart phone or texting their safe driving reminders. The agreement is part of the online AAA StartSmart program, which allows parents the opportunity to manage their teen driver’s overall driving privileges. Take the time, because it is certainly worth it for parents and their teen drivers.
In many ways, teens are like their adult driver counterparts. Far too many operate their vehicle in the same distracted manner as adult drivers do. They text, eat meals, put on lipstick or eye makeup and even read while not focusing on the road. But it is texting and talking on a cell phone that are by far the greatest causes for injuries and deaths due to distracted driving.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has noted that cell phone use while driving is a key part in cause of 1.6 million auto crashes annually, which result in 500,000 injuries and 6,000 deaths. The following apps can easily block texting while driving and in the end become a real life saver for both driver and potential victims.
Apps to keep teens safe behind the wheel:
- DriveSafe Mode app notifies parents when their teen is texting, Snapchatting, Facebooking or using or cell phone functions that distract from the operation of the vehicle. The app is downloaded on the teen driver’s phone and is synced to the parent’s access token that is received when they sign up. For Android and iOS Phone systems.
- Live2Txt is an app that lets teen drivers block incoming texts and calls while driving. Once the teen is behind the wheel and the app is turned on, it silences the smartphone from incoming notifications, texts and calls. When the phone receives a message, the app will alert the sender with a customized message that they are unable to respond at the moment. For Android phones.
- Cellcontrol is a wonderfully effective app for parents who want to prevent their teen driver from texting, messaging, doing selfies or using social media while driving. It also disables the teen’s other phone features while the car is in motion, such as attempting to access the camera or email. Best yet, if the teen attempts to deactivate or remove Cellcontrol, the parent receives an email or text alert. For Android™ and iOS.
- SafeDrive app is an excellent way to provide your teen driver with positive reinforcement by offering rewards for not texting while driving. It is simple. Once the teen is operating the vehicle, the SafeDrive app will begin to automatically reward your teen driver with points that can be redeemed at participating stores. For Android and iOS.
- GPS Phone Trackers can be one of the best apps to insure peace of mind for a parent who is worried about his or her teen driver’s location. The tracker provides real time notification concerning their child’s driving speed as well as acceleration and braking activities when exceeding speeds programmed into the GPS tracker. In addition, the parent can be notified when the teen arrives and leaves a location.
Drive safety apps are the most effective tools for teens who drive during those 100 deadliest days of the year. These applications are essential in making certain your teen driver arrives home safely and alive. In addition, these apps should be used as well by adult children who need to monitor an elderly parent adult driver’s location and driving activities when he or she is behind the wheel.