Most people know it’s dangerous to text and drive, but when that phone alert goes off, sometimes the temptation can be overwhelming. The time it takes them to glance down at their phone or type a reply – approximately 4.6 seconds – can be like driving the length of a football field, blindfolded.
Now, there are apps available that can remove the temptation in the first place. Recently, Verizon Wireless, owner of America’s largest 4G LTE network, made the Safely Go app available to its customers in the Verizon tab of the Google Play store. This app, designed to limit the distractions that commonly occur when drivers use their phone in their car, responds to text messages with an auto-reply so drivers can concentrate on the road
Some features of the app include:
• Blocking texting and reading and/or creating email
• Sending incoming calls to voicemail
• Allowing users to select up to three important contacts who can still get through when the app is on
• Allowing user to whitelist up to three apps they want to use while driving (e.g., location based services, and music/radio player)
• Allowing user to receive Hands-Free calls if desired
• Decluttering the device screen
• Responding to text messages with automated message saying user is currently driving and will respond later.
Currently, 39 States and the District of Columbia ban texting while driving, and Verizon Wireless supports state and federal laws banning texting while driving. Try out the Safely Go app to do your part by keeping your hands on the wheel and off of the phone.
For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit www.verizonwireless.com .