Distracted driving may be more lethal than military wars. From 2001 to 20013, USA casualties in the Afghanistan War total 3371. That’s just about the same number of accidents caused by distracted driving in one year. According to published statistics, distracted drivers are a leading cause of deaths and injuries. In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. An additional, 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 416,000 injured in 2010. One of the leading distractions is texting while driving.
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
Using a cell phone or smartphone
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Reading, including maps
Using a navigation system
Watching a video
Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Sometimes your smartphone can be an answer to help minimize distracted driving and the accidents that are so dangerous. Here are some apps that you may find useful.
Among available apps to help r4educe cellular phone use or texting while driving is a clever Android app aptly named Textecution that disables texting when you are driving faster than 10 miles per hour. While it is designed for installation on a children’s phone, this app may reduce distracted driving incidents with adult drivers.
Still need to text while distracted driving? Here is an app that helps reduce distraction. DriveSafely is another app that speaks your texts and lets you speak your texts in response. It may be about as safe as a car speakerphone.
A popular magazine, Family Circle, lists suitable apps for teen drivers in your family.
While many apps are aimed at teenage distracted driving, they apply to adults as well. Texting while driving should be seen as a form of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and the laws should be stricter than they are.
When texting or using a smartphone in your hand or ear, you are seriously compromising attention to the road ahead. Distracted driving is a form of suicide or homicide. Don’t be a casualty. Don’t be a killer. Distracted driving is easier than using a knife or gun. Only seconds make the difference between having fun and being guilty of injuring or killing someone. With an app on your smartphone, it can enforce responsibility over an addictive obsession. Help make distracted driving a thing of the past.