5 apps to help you stop texting and driving

We all know driving a car isn’t always easy, particularly in the summer. There are so many distractions. Cute girls (or guys) in shorts who are walking by. Great songs blaring. Bright sun in your eyes.

The last thing you should do text or email. But, it’s so tempting, right?

Keep in mind that each day in the United States more than nine people are killed and more than 1,060 people are hurt in crashes that involved a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And, you definitely don’t want that to happen to you or someone you care about.

Our friends at Hack College have found four apps, and we found one more, that will help you resist the temptation to text.

DriveSafe.ly
This app is available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry users. Activate it, and it will read your texts aloud so you don’t have to pick up your phone to read them yourself. You can also activate a pre-set message that will let people know you’re driving when they text you. And it’s free.

Drivescribe
This free app is available for iPhone and Android users. If you’re interested in becoming a better driver, this app will help you. It offers safety tips and eliminates distractions. It also tracks your mileage, any violations you may have while you drive and your average speed.

Text-STAR
This app is available for Android users; iPhone version is coming soon. This app will auto respond to any text and calls you get while you’re driving, thus eliminating any distraction.

The Canary Project
This app is for parents and will notify them when their children are using their phone while driving. This app is available for iPhone and Android devices. While there is a seven-day free trial, there is a one-time fee for a lifetime subscription.

AT&T DriveMode
This app, which is free to AT&T customers, sends an auto-reply message letting your family and friends know that you’re on the road, and you’ll get back to them when you’re not driving. While your phone is in DriveMode, texts and emails cannot be read or composed. However, you’re always able to call 911. This app is available to Android users.

Other suggestions

This isn’t an app but another way to help you stop texting while driving: Put your phone where you can’t reach it, like the trunk. Or, you could give your phone to your passenger who can text for you. Or, you can shut off your notifications. If you can’t hear a text or email coming in, you won’t be distracted to look at your phone.

Good luck and stay safe.

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