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5 Apps to Help You Avoid a Distracted Driving Accident

Three dimensional apps on smartphone.Using your smartphone while driving is not smart– and in most states, it is illegal. Checking your text messages, surfing the Internet, and talking on the phone can be a deadly mistake. Yet, your phone is not all bad. There are apps out there that will actually make you a better driver. There are apps to help you avoid a distracted driving accident, apps that can monitor your driving habits, help you safe fuel, and even apps to help you avoid road hazards. Dash: Available on both iOS and Android, this app connects to your car and relays real-time information about your driving habits. It has been called a Fitbit for cars! If you brake too hard – this app will let you know. Everything is hands-free, to not distract from driving. The idea behind Dash is to alert drivers to their bad habits behind the wheel. It will even tell you when you need to visit a gas station, as well as which gas station in the area has the cheapest fuel. Even better – Dash can detect car problems even before your check engine light comes on. Automatic: Available on both the iOS and Android, this app uses a Bluetooth adapter to connect to your car’s On-Board Diagnostics. This app will monitor your driving habits and it will even help you maximize fuel efficiency. If you drive too aggressively, this app will beep out a warning – thus making you a much safer driver. Afterwards, you can view the data and help make adjustments to your driving to conserve fuel and stay safe on the road. Waze: Over 50 million users can’t be wrong. Waze is the largest community based traffic and navigation app and one of the best ways to stay on top of up-to-date traffic conditions. This allows you to plan your route better and avoid potentially dangerous accidents. This app will even notify you about road hazards ahead, police, accidents, and traffic jams so you can drive safely. Waze also uses voice-assisted navigation so you do not have to take your eyes off of the road. iOnRoad: This amazing iOS app, uses your phone’s camera to constantly track the vehicles around you and alert you to any potential hazards ahead. It is like having your own personal driving assistant. This app comes with impressive features, such as collision warning, speeding and tailgating alerts, and driving analytics. All for just under $5 – this app offers a lot of information for a little price. AT&T DriveMode: If you just can’t seem to put your phone down when driving, then this is the app for you. AT&T’s DriveMode is available for both iOS and Android. This app can be set to automatically start whenever you a driving – a benefit for young teen drivers. This app works by blocking text messages and phone calls while you are driving. Parents can even have this app send them alerts when their teen driver deactivates the app. Further Reading: The Most Loved Car of 2015

Distracted Driving Kills

Distracted driving accounts for 9 deaths each and every day – and many of these are caused by smartphone use. Reading just one text message keeps your eyes off the road for nearly 5 seconds. If you are traveling on an Interstate or Highway, this is approximately the length of time it would take you to drive across a football field. Safety experts continue to caution drivers against using their phones while driving. Remember – No phone use is the best while driving.

Put the Phone Away

If you just can’t resist checking text messages or answering emails while you are driving, it is best to just put the phone away. Place your phone in the glove box or in the trunk while you are driving or consider placing your phone in airplane mode so you are not alerted of the messages that you are receiving. Try to arrive at your destination a few minutes earlier so that you can catch up with voicemails, text messages, and emails. This may lessen the anxiety or the “fear of missing out” that prevents many people from placing their phones out of arms reach while driving.

Contact Our Experienced Denver Car Accident Attorneys

Denver Personal Injury Attorney John Fuller and His StaffIf a negligent or distracted driver has injured you in a car accident, you have a legal right to seek compensation for your injuries, damages, and pain and suffering. Without a Denver car accident attorney on your side, however, you may only receive a fraction of what you need to fully recover. Contact the Denver Law Firm of John R. Fuller, P.C. today at 303-597-4500 for a free initial consultation.