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3 great apps to prevent distracted driving

Distracted driving is a serious issue on Iowa roadways. Although most people are well aware of the dangers of texting and driving, a surprising number of drivers still engage in it. One survey conducted by Esurance found that a whopping 58 percent of drivers admitted to texting while driving, which means there could be plenty of other people who simply did not fess up to it. 

If you simply cannot keep your phone in your pocket while you drive, then there are plenty of apps you should consider downloading. Many of them aim to curb the number of car accidents related to distracted driving. The best part is that they are all free. 

1. SafeDrive

SafeDrive is a great app to download because you can earn rewards through safe driving. Before you head out on the road, you turn on the app. You accumulate points as long as you do not touch your phone. Once you stop driving, you can use your phone again and see how many points you earned. You can earn some coupons for discounted products at a number of retailers and restaurants. You can even play with your friends. 

2. Drive Safe

You do not earn points through Drive Safe. Instead, the app silences all incoming messages. Many people are more likely to use their phones while driving if they receive a text. When you turn on Drive Safe, it sends an automatic reply to anyone who texts you. That way, the other person knows you are busy, and you can focus on the road. 

3. LifeSaver

LifeSaver is a great app for parents who worry their teens may use their phones while driving. When you activate the app, all other phone features become disabled. Additionally, parents can track the child's coordinates, so they always know where their youngsters are. This app is also popular with owners of commercial vehicles to ensure their drivers do not do anything negligent while driving. 

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