Ever look around at the things people are doing while driving? They're distracted and overwhelmed, texting or talking on their cell phone, eating lunch, putting on makeup, reading, doing homework...you name it, it's probably happening behind the wheel somewhere right now.
Distracted driving is an increasing problem, and the statistics prove it. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving-related crashes in 2013. Teenagers are at special risk of being involved in an accident due to distracted behavior, for a number of reasons. Firstly, they're new to driving and don't have years of experience in anticipating and assessing the risks around them. In addition, teens tend to feel invincible and immortal, believing that nothing bad could ever happen to them. Last but not least, teenagers have grown up with mobile technology and are often obsessively attached to their cell phones. No matter how hard you try to drive home the dangers of texting and driving, sometimes the message just doesn't get through to teens who see their friends (and too often, their own parents) engaging in unsafe behavior while driving. Fortunately, parents seeking a foolproof way to stop texting and driving will be happy to learn that now, there's an app for that too!
While many apps today are just silly diversions, some offer a worthwhile service to users. One of the best apps that parents of teen drivers should look into is an innovative solution known as DriveID that eliminates the opportunity for your teen to use the cell phone while driving.
How it works
DriveID combines hardware and software (app) to create an enforceable distracted driving solution. The hardware device is mounted on the windshield underneath the rearview mirror, and non-pairing Bluetooth technology connects the device to the driver's mobile phone. The hardware and software app communicate when someone gets behind the wheel and begins driving. The device has been designed with the option to only affect the driver's ability to use their phone, so it won't interfere with passengers who want to use their mobile phone. When the car is in motion, the device activates to stop the driver from texting, surfing the web, posting selfies, or e-mailing while behind the wheel.
In addition to eliminating the ability to text and drive, DriveID allows parents to monitor where their teen has driven and how well they're driving. Parents can activate tools that track speed, route and location, and enable parents to review and discuss the scores with their teen.
Only Apple App Store approved solution
This application is the only enforceable distracted driving solution approved by the Apple App Store. It works on iPhones 4S and above, including the new 6 and 6 Plus. (It also works on other mobile platforms, including all Android, most Blackberry and select BREW.)
Nationally recognized technology
The DriveID solution has been tested and reviewed by a wide range of nationally-known media. Consumer Affairs magazine notes that the product won two Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Innovation Awards, and writes that, "DriveID has the ability to block all cell phone-related distractions when a car is in motion." The Washington Post reviewer commented that, "The app is dead serious about promoting safe driving practices, and all but locks down a driver’s smartphone when he or she is behind the wheel. I spent part of a morning in a car with Cellcontrol installed, and came away convinced it could impact how drivers behave."
The product was recently featured on the TODAY Show during a segment on distracted driving. To watch the segment and see how DriveID works, click here or on the video below.
We know you want to do everything you can to help your teen stay safe behind the wheel, while still letting them have freedom and learn responsible behavior. The DriveID app is a great way to free your teen from the temptation to use their cell phone while driving. Find out more about this award-winning solution.