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Distracted Driving: Can Smart Phones Make You A Smarter Driver?

On Behalf of | Aug 3, 2016 | Distracted Driving

We’ve blogged on this before. Using cellphones behind the wheel makes many people distracted and dangerous drivers. Moreover, distracted driving is defined as occurring anytime something diverts your attention from the road ahead, and according to a report on distracted driving from the National Safety Council (NSC), cellphones are one of the top causes of distracted driving today.

The NSC states that approximately 1 in 4 car crashes that occur in the United States each year involve the use of a cellphone while behind the wheel. In response to sobering statistics on the dangers of distracted driving, some states have implemented bans against handheld devices.

Could Smart Phones make you a smarter driver

Regardless, it is a no brainer – most of us depend on our cellphones for almost everything. We use our phones to keep in touch and share with others on what we are doing with friends and family, get input and recommendations, and essentially find out anything we need to know at the touch of a key.

The more we depend on our phones, the smarter these phones become and the more designers come up with new applications to make our lives easier. While one of the disadvantages to smartphones is the risky effects using one can have on our driving abilities, using smartphones to prevent car accidents caused by distracted driving is a way cellphone technology can be put to good resolutions.

More companies are investing in ways to make smartphones safer for drivers while lessening texting and driving. The potential benefits could be life altering.

How Smartphones Can Prevent Car Accidents

The Wall Street Journal article which was also cited in the Huffington Post article noted that the solution to the problem of cellphone-related accidents may lie in the phones themselves. Both articles pointed to a new feature on many phones called Drive Mode, which could help to limit the distractions cellphones pose to drivers, such as texting and driving, by disabling certain functions of the phone.

By eliminating the ability to text or make calls, as well as the ability to play games or use social media, the Drive Mode feature could potentially prevent distracted driving due to cellphone use, enabling drivers to better focus on the road ahead.

What is the catch? Cellphone users would need the self-control to put their phone in Drive Mode prior to getting behind the wheel, and to leave it there until they reach their destination.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of distracted driving, contact us at Brannon & Brannon for a free consultation – (850)659-2252 or through our website:




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