Your Brain on Apps
When Your Brain is on Apps | Distracted Driving App
Many drivers are aware of the risks of distracted driving and the possible consequences but continue to allow distractions into their daily driving experience. In many cases, drivers believe they can safely drive and do other tasks because they have never yet had an accident while being distracted by their phones or apps. The problem is, that is an erroneous assumption because past history cannot be used as a predictor of a future accident.
Another concern for many in the automotive industry is the growing use of automation for drivers. Adaptive cruise control, forward emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and blind spot warning all contribute to a growing sense that the driver can do other tasks like text or review apps because the car will take care of itself or warn the driver of a problem. There are two fallacies to this argument. First, the car can alert a driver but in many cases, the driver must maintain attention on the road because the safety systems are not foolproof. Second, a distracted driver can use precious seconds becoming aware of a warning before taking action, which is time they rarely have.
The wide range of apps available to smartphone users creates additional problems because a driver might be tempted to check a social media post or upload a recent photo, mistakenly thinking they can do so and drive safely at the same time. In addition, many vehicles come equipped with an application suite embedded in the infotainment system. What’s the harm in looking up a restaurant review or checking local weather when behind the wheel?
Can anything be done to slow or stop distractions from apps? Law enforcement is one possible avenue, but it’s difficult to check everyone for compliance. More important perhaps is improved education and a gradual shift in public perception that driving distracted is acceptable. There may also be ways for vehicle manufacturers to allow drivers to access apps safely in ways that have not been determined yet, but that will take some time. The public needs to make a conscious decision to stop using mobile phones while driving, and not believe they are immune to the painful or deadly results if they allow themselves to be distracted.
If you have a family member who needs protection from driving distractions, RoadReady Family can prevent mobile phone use in a car. A parent can set conditions allowed for the phone, monitor behavior, and prevent inappropriate distracted driving behavior. This unique product is your clear choice as the only product to offer these features. Business owners can also use RoadReady Family to restrict company drivers’ distracted phone behaviors. Contact us today or purchase the app.