Does your child text? Does he or she drive? Chances are they’re doing both at the same time. According to a recent AT&T Teen Driver Survey, 61% of teens say they glace at their phone while driving and 61% say they've seen friends read or send an email or text while driving.
As we head into summer, deemed the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers on the road by the AAA, it may be time to re-evaluate the measures you've put in place to curb phone use for you and your child. Fortunately there are solutions that automatically kick in when the car starts rolling. These solutions come in two basic types:
Cell Phone Applications
Apps such as T-Mobile's DriveSmart Plus and Key2SafeDriving sense when you’re driving, usually by GPS measuring your speed, and disable most or all of your phone's functionality once a pre-determined speed is reached. All offer some sort of emergency override and passenger-usage exceptions, and some include Web-based cell-phone-use monitoring. You can opt into receiving messages whenever the app is overridden for cell phone use while driving.
These solutions work like the stand-alone apps, except instead of relying on GPS to sense car usage, a small module gets attached to a part of your car such as the emergency brake or the OBD (on-board diagnostics) module. Once the module is triggered by car usage, a signal disables your phone. Another set of solutions uses a Bluetooth module to enable all-voice and text-to-speech capabilities.
$8/m or $129 no monthly fee and no phone changes
|Sprint Drive First||read/compose||App||Android||speed||yes||$2/m per line|
|T-Mobile DriveSmart Plus||read/compose||App||Android||speed||yes||$4.99/m for up to 10 lines|