Apps That Control the Temptation to Text and Drive


texting while drivingAs we all know texting while driving is a big problem and it causes way too many fatalities each year. Although, New York is one of many states that have banned texting while driving, there are still a number of people disobeying the law, especially young drivers.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could stop your teen from texting while driving? Well, your wish just might have come true!

Thanks to new technology, there are a number of applications that have been specifically designed to disable cell phone and smartphone features while younger drivers are behind the wheel.

All you need to do is download the app on your smartphone. The apps use a phone’s GPS capability to determine movement and typically block texting and web surfing when a vehicle is going faster than 5 or 10 mph.

To get your teen to stop texting while driving download these apps. iZUP is the most restrictive app as it completely disables the phone with the exception of dialing 911. The iZUP app can allow the phone to be programmed to dial one of three pre-approved numbers.

There are many other good apps for preventing drivers from texting while driving, including tXtblocker, Textecution and Otter.  Each app handles texting while driving a little differently. Certain apps allow you to set time and location restrictions for texting and calling, while other apps disable phone capabilities when the vehicle is in motion and provide the option to send an automated text reply. These are great apps to download and they are not costly. 

There a lot of young drivers on the road everyday and it is important to protect them as well as protect other drivers on the road. It is a good idea to encourage your teens to put the phone down while driving. Text messages, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will all be waiting when they get home!


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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