Between texting and Snapchat, searching for directions on Waze, finding the best tunes on Spotify or possibly even utilizing your mobile phone as a real phone (so old-school!), driving interruptions seem to be multiplying. That is certainly before you take into account the other factors that can disrupt efficiency at the wheel, like weather and roadway conditions.
Safe driving innovation is proliferating, too. Here are a few great finds that will help you keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the roadway, and might even enhance your teen’s driving abilities.
Cell ControlThe good news is that a recent study reveals that intoxicated driving is on the decline. The bad news? Although texting while driving is not as dangerous as owning inebriated, it does increase your likelihood of crashing by as much as 700 percent, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Cell Control, two-time winner of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) “Best of Innovation” award, protects versus the threats of digital distractions. Just connect the solar-powered DriveID box to your windscreen, and it will block all texts, e-mails, games, social networks and web browsing notifications in the motorist’s zone or the whole automobile.
$ 129, with discounts for family packages
Belkin Vent Mount for Smartphones
Belkin Vent Mount for SmartphonesNo more fumbling with your phone while using Google Maps or Waze. This quick service mounts to your air vent and changes 360 degrees– which permits you to place the device near the guiding wheel so you can see your next turn without taking your eyes off the roadway for more than a flash.
Vigo HeadsetThis ingenious Bluetooth headset keeps track of driver awareness by tracking your blinking patterns and head movement. If it senses that you’re beginning to doze off, audio signals and vibrations start to keep you awake. (You can select a soft pulsing vibration, a discreet notice LED or a preferred “pump up” song.) With infrared sensors, an accelerometer and a smart algorithm, the headset knows you’re drowsy before you do– which is important because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that driver tiredness is the cause in about 25 percent of all deadly collisions.
Perk: Since it connects to your phone, it likewise doubles as a hands-free talking accessory.
MOTO Safety Teen Safety Tracking System.
MOTOSafety Teen Safety Tracking SystemWorried about where your teen is going (and how well they’re driving)? Anything that assists moms and dads steers their young motorists towards safer practices is well worth it, because automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers ages 15 to 19, according to the NHTSA. This GPS system then gives you the ability to locate your teen’s car at any given minute, even as it monitors their driving habits and tracks infractions such as speeding, tailgating and rolling through stop signs. Parents can examine the driving report card using an app and replay violations as a leaning tool.
$ 79.99, plus $19.99/ month subscription cost.