There has been lots of news about the iPhone 5 recently. Rumors of the iPhone 5 are rampant on the internet with estimates of the iPhone 5 release date sometime in September or October. Whether you've got an older version of the iPhone, the current iPhone 4 or will be upgrading to the iPhone 5 when it's released, it is critical you don't let the device (or other technology) distract you behind the wheel.
[Learn more: Consumer Reports Guide to Distracted Driving & Teen Safety]
Using a cell phone while driving reduces reaction time as much as a BAC above the legal limit of 0.08. I've written before about how distracted driving dangers have mounted as cars become an "iPhone on wheels". Distracted driving has been directly correlated with car accidents with 25% of crashes involving some sort of gadget. But there are some app developers trying to combat this effect by developing apps that aim to reduce distractions behind the wheel.
For Android users, Sprint has released an Android app, Sprint Drive First, to help drivers stay off the phone and focus on the road when behind the wheel.
While none of these apps eliminate distracted driving dangers (and leaving discussions of privacy concerns to another day), these apps are at least a start to reducing distractions while behind the wheel. To paraphrase the Griffin app, these apps won't make you a safer driver. Only you can do that.
[More iPhone news by iPhoneJD]
[More on the dangers of Distracted Driving]
(c) Copyright 2011 Brett A. Emison
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Brett: Important safety information to all of us who look down at our phones, look up at traffic and see no one in front of us and say: "well, I'll only do it this once". It may be the last thing we ever do. The email, the text, the outgoing or incoming phone call, none is worth serious injury or death. These apps sound like a start, but pulling over and stopping to use your mobile device is still your safest bet. Thanks for sharing this valuable information. Regards, MarkP.S. Can't wait for the "5"; yes, I admit it; I am an IPHONE junkie.
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