Most states in the U.S. have passed laws that ban texting or complete cell phone use while driving. And for good reason. Texting results in the driver’s eyes being off the road for 4.6 of every 6 seconds. That’s as much time as it takes to travel the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour.
Fortunately, the mobile app industry has taken notice. App developers have come up with products designed to prevent this dangerous practice. Here are a few of the best options:
Compatible with a wide range of smartphones, this app allows users to customize the locations and times of day—such as routine commuting or driving times—when texts and phone calls aren’t accepted.
$6.99/month – iPhone, Android
This app automatically sends a customized reply to incoming texts, just like an “out-of-office” autoreply. It also disables all ingoing and outgoing calls and Web browsing. Users manually enable the app before driving, though, so participation is strictly voluntary.
Free – iPhone, Android
Instead of shutting down communications entirely, this app reads text messages and emails out loud in real time, including shortcuts like LOL, and sends an autoresponse. You can even pick whether to have texts read to you with a male or female voice, or based upon the gender of the text sender.
$3.99/month – iPhone, Android