According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Research, when you text and drive you take your eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds. At just 55 mph, that is like driving the length of a football field without looking. Parents who have lost teens to texting and others concerned about the problem of texting and driving are speaking out as part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign, and now AT&T is stepping up to do even more by releasing their DriveMode app to multiple platforms including Android.
The app is free and prevents users from making or receiving texts while the app is on. Notification sounds for incoming texts, emails and phone calls will be silenced, and anyone trying to reach you will receive an automated reply letting them know that you are driving. The reply is completely customizable and is very similar to an “out of office” style alert for email.
With DriveMode active, users are allowed to make and receive calls from up to 5 people (911 is always avialable) along with being able to use one music app and one navigation app. The app can be turned off at anytime and responsibility solely lies in the hands of the user — so do the right thing.
AT&T’s web site includes loads of other great resources, including tips for parents on wireless safety, as well as a wireless safety guide for seniors. I’ve watched teens torn apart by the death of a friend who was texting just before she was involved in a car crash. Get to know the facts about this epidemic and take steps to protect your family from this avoidable tragedy.
Android Market Link: AT&T DriveMode