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App Spotlight: The Best Apps to Keep You Safe on the Road

We live in an age in which the act of driving is intrinsically attached to a smartphone. Think about it: you use your Spotify library, connected through Bluetooth, to play your favorite songs while you sit in traffic; you depend upon maps for directions and for locating a spot to eat during a road trip. It's undeniable smartphones serve many helpful purposes when out on the road, but it is equally undeniable that they pose many serious dangers too. Texting and driving is responsible for countless car crashes and deaths. Therefore, it is so important to only use your phone for good and to use it safely while out on the open road. Ironically enough, there are some apps to help you achieve just that. Take a look at the best apps to keep you safe on the road.

  1. Waze

More than just provider of the fastest route, Waze is full of features that function to make your drive safer than ever. Voice alerts warning drivers of upcoming stopped vehicles on the shoulder, police cars. Moreover, Waze offers an elective safety feature called 'child reminder' to remind busy parents to grab their kids before exiting the car--especially in the summer when hot temperatures may prove fatal. In conjunction with Waze's classic traffic and construction warnings, this new feature elevates the app into a must-have on every driver's phone. 2.DriveSafe Mode Created with the safety of teen drivers in mind, DriveSafe Mode is a program in which an alert message is sent to your email address whenever the vehicle is in motion and the phone is still in use. This way worried parents of addicted texters may rest assured their kid is practicing safe, phone-free driving whenever they're out on the road. 3. AT&T DriveMode This free app silences incoming alerts such as text messages, calls and emails when activated. The activation system is sophisticated and self-sufficient, which only adds to this app's safety features. When a vehicle's speed reaches above 15 miles per hour, it automatically begins to silence alerts. Conversely, when a vehicle's speed drops below 15 miles per hour for an extended period of two or three minutes, the app will deactivate and allow alerts to unsilence. No matter how many precautions you may take or how many safety apps you install on your phone, there are still dangers present on the road. Should you find yourself or someone you know the victim of a car accident, contact personal injury lawyer, Rhett Hoestenbach today to get the help and guidance you need.

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