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Distracted Driving: There’s an app for that!

Guest Blog Contributed by: Bryan Schiraldi

In our modern technological world we find ourselves easily distracted from life around us. Generations are now being raised with smartphones, the smart tv, smart watches, iPods, iPads, laptops, and tablets. You can call your mom while sending a tweet to your friend about a hilarious cat meme you just saw on Instagram. Many millennials will pride themselves on their multitasking abilities and the more technology that is released the better they seem to get at it. But have we learned as a society when it’s time to put down the devices and focus on the non-virtual world around us?

The CDC reports that every day in the United States, at least 9 people are killed and over 1,100 people are injured in accidents that involve distracted drivers. Maybe we’re not as good at multitasking as we give ourselves credit for. But we’ve all been there before; just let me send this text real fast, check this email from work, Snapchat my brother a picture of a curious looking passerby. It seems simple and harmless, but clearly there is a significant problem with people losing focus at the wheel. According to distraction.gov, in 2013 over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes on America’s roadways. But it’s not just the cellphone that creates distractions; a lot of in-vehicles have been known to cause just as much as a disturbance. Those pesky navigation systems have been known to interfere with drivers focus as well. Luckily, some wise minds and concerned citizens out there have decided to take a stand and fight fire with fire; create safe driving apps!

Here are a few apps that should help the temptation of using your smartphone while you’re on the road:

1) TextArrest – This app locks your phone’s screen and disables sending or reading texts and emails.

2) Key2SafeDriving – This restricts phone use when the car is running and sends automated replies to texts. Also, if you’re a concerned parent you can take control with a password and the app will send alerts.

3) Drivesafe.ly – Want to be less distracted, but still connected? This app keeps you in the know with hands-free functions. Texts and emails are read aloud and the app automatically responds

4) DriveScribe – For those smartphone users who love games, here’s one that could make you a safer driver. This app issues a “Safe Driver Score” and as you accumulate points you can turn them into gift cards!

5) Canary – This one is for any protective parents out there who want to keep a close eye on their teen drivers. Canary will notify you when their phone is unlocked while driving. It allows you to set speed limits, geofences (border limits), and curfews and will alert you when these are violated.

So next time you get behind the wheel instead of opening up that Facebook app to see what whacky quiz your aunt just took for the 5th time, click on one of these apps and help make the roads a safer place for everyone.

This is a Public Service Announcement from CYO Marketing, while we are huge fans of digital marketing, social media, smart phones and all other modern forms of technology. We are also big fans of keeping you safe. Do us a favor and share this blog, it can potentially save a life!

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