Texting While Driving Made Easier with Smartphone Apps

November 27, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The age-old law of ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ has now become “Don’t Text and Drive”! Texting and driving is even more dangerous than driving and talking on your mobile.

To kick off this habit, there are many apps available, and one of the best is DriveMode. This app is a free download from AT&T and the app limits the phone’s functionality while you are behind the wheel.

DriveMode, after activation, will cut off your notification sounds of incoming texts, emails and even phone calls. What’s better is that it will automatically send a reply to the sender that you are driving and will be unable to respond.

Don’t be afraid that you will be cut off completely. The app will allow you to make a list of five people if you need to hear from them; you can make or receive calls to this list but you can’t text.

As of now, only AT&T subscribers can catch hold of this app, and that for Android and BlackBerry holders. An iPhone version is reportedly in the works, but no launch date has been issued.

Other national carriers like Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have similar apps, although most of them are not free. Check in with your service provider to find out which app suits you best.

If at all you feel that you can’t drive without texting, then you should go for a service that would read out your messages and also take down your reply through voice. That’s where iPhone users can thank Siri for.

When a user gets a text message, he can ask Siri to read it out to him. To reply, he just needs to tell Siri about his wish and the personal assistant will take down his reply and send.

Android users can make use of the Google Voice Actions that can perform a similar service. I wonder where we would be if we didn’t have all these applications to help us text while driving.

It’s always best to look at the road rather than your mobile screen while behind the wheel. Trust me, that helps…a lot!

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