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21/May/2018

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.

 

Contact Us

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.


21/May/2018

Everyone knows distracted driving is a dangerous act. Distractions result in serious damage to cars, severe injuries, and fatalities. It’s no secret that driving while distracted has a lot of downsides, but what you may not know about are the many benefits of distraction-free driving. What exactly are the advantages of using safe driving apps?

NIX, a distracted driving app and device, is designed to help you enjoy the benefits of having a do not disturb while driving feature on your phone. Here’s how using a safe driving app can help you and the world around you.

1. Reduces Accidents

One of the key benefits of using a safe driving app is reducing injuries and deaths caused by smartphone distractions. Even taking your eyes off the road for a few seconds can send you barreling towards numerous hazards, such as a tree, pole, cliff, guardrail, pedestrian, or another vehicle. Simply by installing an app on your phone, you can make the road safer for yourself and everyone around you.

2. Fewer Tickets

Police officers are out in full force cracking down on distracted drivers. Why do something that could land you a hefty ticket or even jail time if you injure or kill someone because of a distraction? Don’t give the police a reason to pull you over.

3. Economic Benefits

If you don’t check your phone while driving, you’re benefiting the economy. Here’s how:

● It significantly reduces insurance costs, giving you more disposable income.
● Dramatic elimination in lost wages for time you may have to take off work because of an accident.
● It saves police department a lot of money and helps them tackle more critical issues in local communities.

Believe it or not, simply putting down your phone can have a huge financial benefit.

4. Improved Focus and Relaxation

When you’re driving, your attention should be on the task at hand. Even if you’ve been driving for years or decades, it’s never appropriate to distract yourself with technology. By eliminating notifications on your phone, you’ll be able to focus completely on getting from point A to point B. You may even find a sense of relief when you aren’t able to use your phone while driving. Disconnecting can help you clear your mind and reduces how much you depend on technology to keep yourself occupied.

5. Ethical Benefits

By driving distraction free, you’re doing the right thing. You know in your heart it’s dangerous and unethical to look at your phone while operating a vehicle. Not only do you put your life at risk, but you may injure or kill someone who is entirely innocent. By choosing to block messages and calls with a safe driving app, you can feel better about yourself and know you’re doing something good for the world at large.

After knowing these benefits of installing a safe driving app on your smartphone, why not give it a try? NIX from GoPoint has a dual USB and app technology lets you lock your phone while driving. Learn more about the USB and app for yourself and reap the benefits.