Using Apps to Combat Distracted Driving
Cell phones are undoubtedly one of the greatest innovations of the past few decades, but as cell phone usage continues to soar, so will the number of distracted driving accidents. Driving and using a cell phone can be immensely dangerous, and in many places, the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers has exceeded the number caused by drunk drivers. This is a terrifying fact, but there are simple and practical ways to reduce the number of crashes and injuries caused by distracted driving, and in recent times, many drivers have opted to install a distracted driving app on their phones.
Talking on a Phone While Driving
It is simply impossible to divide your attention equally between driving and using a cell phone. Some studies have even found that drivers are more than 37 percent more likely to crash when using a cell phone. This statistic only takes talking, not texting, which requires far more attention and concentration, into consideration. Unless a driver opts to utilize a Bluetooth device, they must take one hand off the wheel to operate a vehicle. This reduces maneuverability and slows down reaction time. Experts suggest using a Bluetooth or pulling over if you need to have a cell phone conversation and drive at the same time.
The Dangers of Texting and Driving
To view a text message, drivers must take their eyes off the road. This creates a brief, highly dangerous window of time in which an accident is extremely likely to occur. Texting and driving is becoming a national epidemic and countless drivers, pedestrians, and motorcyclists have been killed and injured by texting motorists. Younger drivers, particularly those under the age of 20 are far more likely to be killed in texting and driving accidents than other types of drivers. This unsettling fact has prompted many school systems to require instructors to discuss the dangers of texting and driving during driver education courses. Despite such measures, deaths from texting and driving accidents continue to climb.
The Benefits of Our NIX Safe Driving App
Studies have shown that using a safe driving app can reduce the chances of a driver having a cell phone-related accident significantly. Our NIX app not only encourages drivers to drive safely, but it can also track trips and send important notifications directly to parents and business owners. Our NIX safe driving app also offers the following benefits:
- Compatibility with both Apple and Android devices
- Mileage tracking allows business owners to track employment expenses
- “Do not disturb while driving” feature disables non-essential cell phone features including texting features
Even though the app partially disables cell phones, users will still be able to use voice-activated features such as Siri and Google to make phone calls and navigation. To use the NIX app, simply plug your device in and download the app for free.
Here at Nix, we understand the importance of safe driving, especially for young people. That is why we have decided to offer our free NIX safe driving app to the public. It works in any vehicle with a USB port or 12V charging adapter. Contact us today to learn more about our safe driving app.