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5 Apps to Stop Distracted Driving

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. Combine distracted driving with drunken driving, and you get a disaster waiting to happen.

There have been many initiatives to try to curb distracted driving. But the use of handheld devices and smartphones makes it difficult for drivers to keep their attention focused on the road.

This is especially the case with younger drivers, who are infamous for texting while driving. The idea that many people have is that they can multitask and do both.

But all it takes is one second for the unthinkable to happen. Here are some apps that can help deal with texting while driving:

  • AT&T's DriveMode. This app is free. You can use it on Android devices, BlackBerry and iPhone. What it does is send an automatic response to anyone who texts you while you're driving, NBC News reports. It also disables incoming and outgoing calls and doesn't allow you to surf the Web.
  • tXtBlocker. You can program your phone with "no cell zones" so it won't accept incoming calls or texts when you're at certain locations at a certain time of day. The app costs $6.99 a month.
  • OneProtect. This app prohibits a driver from using the phone while the car is in motion. The phone locks up once the car hits a certain speed, according to Mashable.
  • Textecution. This app is very similar to the OneProtect app, but it's available only on Android. It blocks all texting once the car hits 10 mph.
  • Sprint "Drive First." This app is very similar to Textecution and OneProtect, with an automatic block kicking in at 10 mph. It costs $2 per phone per month. It's available for Sprint users.

Take a look at the apps available and see if any one of them is right for you. Remember, texting while driving can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving.

Play it safe. Don't text and drive!

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