Low Cost Ways to Make Driving Safer

Posted on 04/10/2013

Forty percent of American teens say they've been in a car when the driver used a mobile phone in a way that put other people in danger. Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times higher than those who aren't driving while distracted. Distracted driving is a huge problem in the U.S. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, an important time to consider these low cost ways to make driving safer.

Drop Stop
Have you ever dropped something in that space between your seat and the center console? Drop Stop blocks that dangerous gap so you won't have to search for a lost phone or French fry while driving. You may have seen this invention on ABC's hit show Shark Tank. A set of two sells for $19.99 on Amazon.com.

DriveSafe.ly App
Sending a text takes the driver's eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 miles per hour that's like driving the entire length of a football field blind. Download the free DriveSafe.ly app and it will read text messages and emails aloud in real time, automatically responding so drivers don't have to touch their phone.

Dash Mount for Mobile Phones
Stop fumbling for your phone and instead keep it locked into place with the Bracketron Mi0T Grip Mount, $29.99 at BestBuy.com. A rotating head makes it easy to secure your phone into the most convenient angle.

Textecution App
Textecution kills texting functions while the car is driving. It's a one-time fee of $29.99 and is a great option for parents or bosses who want to keep their children or employees safe from distractions while driving.

Belkin Bluetooth Car Hands-Free Kit
Smartphone users who can't give up their mobiles while on the move should at least pick up a hands-free kit like this one from Belkin, $59.99 at Amazon.com. Talk on the phone without removing your hands from the wheel, listen to audio files stored on your phone or even stream Internet radio. Everything is routed through the car stereo system.

By Alison Storm

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