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Texting and Driving? There's an App to Stop That

By Andrew Lu | Last updated on

Worried about your teen texting and driving? Well, there's an app for that. Several app developers have came up with high-tech ways to allow parents to prevent their teens from texting and driving.

As you know, texting and driving is extremely dangerous. For the uncoordinated, texting correctly can be difficult even when you're sitting stationary at a desk. So imagine how much concentration it takes for a new driver to text while going 60 mph.

Fortunately, app makers have come up with some possible solutions for parents concerned about their teen driving and texting, reports Mashable. Here are a few of the most popular:

  • DriveOff.This Android app developed by car insurance company Esure can detect when a driver is traveling more than 10 mph, and will shut off other apps that could be distracting. The app also temporarily stops incoming calls and text messages, writes Mashable. This app is free.

  • DriveMode. Another app for Android devices, DriveMode launches once a car is moving faster than 25 mph. The app actually responds to all incoming texts and emails to let them know the recipient is driving and cannot respond. The app also turns off all notifications of text messages and emails, and sends all incoming calls to voicemail while a driver is behind the wheel. This app is free for AT&T customers.

  • Mobiloc. Similar to the other devices, MobiLoc for the iPhone interferes with the normal operation of the iPhone once the iPhone is in motion. When the iPhone stops moving, the app shuts off and allows the user to use the phone again.

Parents should warn their children of the dangers of texting and driving, and may want to check out these apps to make sure teen drivers aren't distracted by their phones. To learn more about other driving distractions, check out FindLaw's Learn About the Law section.

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