Texting while driving is a serious problem. Distracted driving the the cause of thousands of traffic collisions each year. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
So it’s no surprise that smartphone apps are getting in on the issue. There are many apps out there to stop texting while driving. Here are some of the apps that help drivers curb their desire to text or use their phone while driving.
AT&T's DriveMode. This free app works on Android, BlackBerry and iPhone. It works like your office auto-reply. If someone texts you while you are driving, it sends an automatic customized reply. Another feature of this app is that it disables all ingoing and outgoing calls and doesn't allow you to surf the Web.
OneProtect. This app makes it virtually impossible to drive and text at the same time. It blocks the ability of a driver to use the phone while the car is in motion. The phone locks up once your car goes over a speed of your choosing.
tXtBlocker. This app lets you punch in the times when your phone is off-service. Essentially, you can choose times when your phone won't be accepting incoming calls or texts. The app costs $6.99 per user.
Textecution. If you've got an Android, you might want to check out this app. It's very similar to the OneProtect app. It blocks all texting once your car reaches a speed of 10 MPH.
Sprint "Drive First". Again, in the spirit of Textecution and OneProtect, this app blocks your phone's ability to text once your car reaches a speed of 10 MPH. It costs $2 per phone per month and us available to Sprint subscribers. The app disables audio tones for email and text when your car reaches 10 MPH and sends an auto-away response. It also routes calls to voice mail.
Just like driving under the influence, texting while driving isn't safe. Now, you have the choice of several apps to help you curb your desire to text and drive.
Play it safe. Don't text and drive!