You know that you know that you shouldn’t use your phone while you are driving. Only irresponsible people do that, right?
Except for that time when you were on your way home from work and you forgot that you were supposed to be picking your kid up from soccer practice and had to text your partner to ask them to do it. Oh, and the time when your friend called you while you were driving and you simply had to answer the phone and find out how her date the night before had gone.
Then there are all the times when you’ve been stuck in traffic and had to dial into a work meeting or conference call. Hmm, maybe we are all a little bit more guilty of using our phones in the car than we would like to think.
If that is the case, here are some apps that will keep you, and everyone around you, a little safer.
4 Apps to Make Driving Safer
This app is aimed more at those of you who make conference calls for work. You know, the ones where you have to type in endless streams of conference call passcodes and PIN numbers? MobileDay syncs with your calendar app and complies all those numbers for you. All you have to do is press one button and you are on your call—hassle free!
Use that fabulous camera in your smartphone to help you stay safer on the roads. iOnRoad‘s “visual radar” will track your speed and distance from the cars in front of you to let you know if your stopping distance is enough. You’ll need a mount so that you can place your phone’s camera with the road in front in view, then you’ve got instant recording and data.
Find out why the check engine light keeps flashing at you with this app. Mojio connects with your car’s on-board diagnostic (OBD) port and tells you what the car is trying to say. You can log fuel levels too, as well as the distance that you travel between each fuel stop. The only downside about this app is that it is not free. Mojio starts at $179.82, and there is an additional service charge of $4.99.
Do as I say not as I do.
Worried that your teenager (or partner) is texting while driving? A little bird might tell you if that is the case. Canary will send you a notification if your kid is using their smartphone while the car is moving at more than 12 miles per hour. You can also get it to alert you when the car is breaking the speed limit—just resist the urge to call them when they are driving too fast! Wait until they are safely home before you tell them off.