The Most Dangerous App on Your Phone
Most Dangerous App on Phone | Stop Texting and Driving
A recent insurance study of over 1,600 high school students found the majority admitted to using their phones while driving. Perhaps this isn’t surprising, but it continues to raise alarms over how pervasive phone usage has become in our lives and the increasing perception that it’s okay to use a phone in different ways while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Although a variety of phone apps and social media have been implicated in distracted driving behaviors, the study found that the largest percentage of students used Snapchat while driving. Snapchat is an app for sharing photos and video among friends, and it has grown in popularity since its introduction in 2011. This is particularly troubling because of some of the properties of the Snapchat app:
- The Snapchat app uses a disappearing photo concept. A shared photo or video is only visible to the recipient for a short period of time, then it disappears and cannot be recovered. This can cause a driver using Snapchat to remain fixated on the app to avoid missing a photo from a friend.
- Snapchat now includes a Selfie Lenses feature. The problem for drivers is that it uses facial recognition requiring a driver to position the phone correctly, leading to further distractions.
- Snapchat is all about capturing moments as they occur. This will cause drivers to pay attention to things going on in the car or around them, rather than driving the car.
- Many Snapchat users feel they can allow the distraction while driving because the image only exists for a short time, therefore they are only distracted momentarily while they glance at a photo. This is dangerous, because emergencies or situations requiring the driver’s attention can arise quickly and the driver’s attention won’t be on the road ahead.
- Snapchat includes a geotagging feature which allows users to log their location when a photo is taken. This is an additional distraction for a driver using Snapchat because they will be taking time to add a geotag while the car is moving further down the road.
All distracted driving behaviors are potentially dangerous, not just Snapchat. There is one app which can remove these distractions, and it is called RoadReady Family. By installing RoadReady Family, a parent can restrict phone use while driving, and it’s the only app that can. This should be your clear choice when looking for ways to restrict phone use in cars, so contact RoadReady Family for more information.