Driving Apps Target Teens

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POSTED: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 8:59am

UPDATED: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 9:00am

Several new apps aim to cut down on distracted driving.

Parents worried about their teen's driving are tapping into some new technology to make sure their child isn't texting or talking while driving.

Several new apps are available, some for free - some with a small charge, that can be helpful to keep your teen safe while driving.

Driving instructor Jay Anderson has tested several of the apps.

"They are effective. Part of the issue with young people is they often find ways to circumvent them," said Anderson.

Parents need to be up to speed on the technology, but also need to teach their kids the basics behind the wheel.

"Parents are responsible also to help them, to show them, and be a good role model," said Marsha Kut of AAA.

According to AAA, distracted drivers take their eyes off the road an average of five out of every six seconds.

So if you're traveling at 55 mph, that's the entire length of a football field.

There are apps you can download that will read your emails, texts and tweets.

Or you can use other technology that disables the phone altogether.

It plugs into the onboard computer and detects when the car is moving and can turn off the phone.

While there are several applications out there parents can use, Anderson says technology isn't necessary.

He says the biggest lesson is at everyone's fingertips.

"There's an app for everything anymore, but the fact remains every phone comes with one and it's called the off button," said Anderson.
 

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