Can Your Android Phone Make You Safer on the Road?
Our phones are such ubiquitous parts of our lives that it can be hard to know when to put them down. This is the reason that distracted driving, which can include text, talking on your phone, or hunting and pecking on your phone’s GPS, leads to over 3,000 deaths per year and over 400,000 injuries. But, in-car safety doesn’t mean going completely without your smartphone. A few tips for safer use of tech while driving:
Set Up Music in Advance
Instead of struggling with your phone’s music player while you drive, take care of all of that before you get on the road. Set up music play lists at home so that you aren’t searching for music while you drive. If your music player of choice has an offline option, use it. This way, you won’t be tempted to search for new tunes if you lose your signal.
Keep GPS Systems Safer
Every second you take your eyes off the road to look at your navigation app can send you as far as 20 yards down the road blind. Program your destination before you leave and then pop your mobile into the car phone mount. With the phone at eye level, there is no reason to take your eyes off the road to get clarification from the map.
Swear Off Texting and Driving
When Car and Driver did a test to determine just how dangerous it was to text and drive, they discovered that a sober driver sending a text was six times as dangerous as someone driving drunk. Don’t have the willpower to keep from peeking when a text comes in? There’s an app for that. DriveSave.ly reads your texts and emails aloud, in real time, for hands-free solution to staying connected.
Get Rewards for Good Driving
Have trouble breaking bad habits like speeding? DriveScribe evaluates your driving and awards points based on activities like staying within posted speed limits and obeying traffic laws. The points can be redeemed for gift cards.