There is a very clear answer to the question of whether it’s safe to text and drive. The answer is, no, it’s not safe to use a smartphone while driving because it requires you to take your eyes off the road and the traffic obstacles that surround you. If driving blind is not enough to sway you from engaging in this dangerous behavior, it’s also against the law to text-and-drive in Texas.
Nevertheless, if you look outside your window while navigating Bellaire traffic, you will likely see an unlimited number of people violating the law while driving with their noses buried in the screens of their smartphones. You could be guilty of doing the same.
Smartphone apps to help you avoid the temptation to text-and-drive
Circumstances can make it difficult to resist the temptation to text and drive. Therefore, the key to avoiding the behavior may involve the elimination of as many temptations as possible. Fortunately, there’s an app for that. Here are three useful apps to help you reduce the chances that you’ll engage in distracted driving:
AT&T Drive Mode: This application is available for Androids and iPhones and you don’t need to be an AT&T subscriber. It silences incoming text messages and sends an automatic reply to text messages to tell them you’re driving and can’t respond. Even better, the app engages automatically as soon as it sees you’re moving.
OMW On My Way: When you’re heading to meet a friend or business partner, it’s tempting to give them a play by play of your location so they have a sense of when you’re arriving. The OMW app allows friends to follow your progress on an updating map. There’s no need to text everyone updates of where you are when they can find out for themselves by looking at this helpful app.
Lifesaver: This is a brilliant app for parents. As soon as a teenager starts moving in a vehicle, the application activates and essentially turns the cellphone into a brick until the car stops against. Once the car stops, the smartphone will again activate.
Avoid texting while driving: It could save your life
As useful as the above applications are, it might be equally convenient — and even more effective — for a Texas driver to lock his or her smartphone in the glove box, turn it off, put it on airplane mode or just leave it out of reach while driving. If you or someone close to you suffered a serious car accident injury or death because a motorist was distracted by a smartphone, investigate your legal rights and options now.