Texting while driving is extremely dangerous because it distracts the driver’s eyes, hands and brain. Nevertheless, a recent study found that more than 40 percent of teens admitted to texting while driving. If your teen is a driver, you may need to employ some high-tech help to prevent texting behind the wheel. Consider these options:
- iText Guard — iText Guard guard is a new smartphone app aimed at preventing teen driver texting. The app recognizes when a phone is traveling faster than 10 mph, and disables the phone’s texting, emailing and Internet surfing features. After the phone comes to a rest or travels slower than 10 mph, these features are reactivated.
- Ford MyKey — Ford MyKey is aimed at making teens safer and better drivers by using a configurable key with custom safety features. The key can be programmed to block text messages and send incoming calls directly to voicemail. MyKey can also set a maximum speed for the vehicle. The feature is available in a wide range of Ford and Lincoln vehicles.
- Drive Scribe — The phone app called DriveScribe takes a unique approach to preventing teen driver texting. DriveScribe can be set to block calls and texts, but it also allows drivers to earn safe driving points that can be redeemed for rewards. The app offers discounts at retailers such as Amazon, Nike, Old Navy and Macy’s.
When a teen driver causes a crash, the teen and the parents can be liable for the consequences. If you’ve been in a collision involving a teen driver, contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale automobile crash attorney as soon as possible. A skilled attorney can advise you of your legal options.