Make the Roads a Safer Place: DON’T BE A DISTRACTED DRIVER

There is a high chance you will see a distracted driver at least once a day. Perhaps you yourself have engaged with your smartphone while behind the wheel – sending text messages, emails, checking social media, or even talking on the phone. Maybe you’ve seen commercials or have read articles about the dangers of distracted driving. Even with all of the warnings about these distractions, our society often disregards the consequences of using a smartphone while driving.

We live in a technology-centered world in which smartphone users find it difficult to disconnect from their phones. That is why using a smartphone while driving is becoming a serious safety issue. There are many consequences to using a smartphone while driving.

Consider this:

  • The National Safety Council reports the use of a cell phone while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes every year.
  • 1 out of 4 car accidents in the U.S. is caused by texting and driving.
  • You are 6 times more likely to cause an accident while texting and driving than while drinking and driving.

While operating a vehicle, it is your responsibility to remain alert and focused on the road. Luckily, there are Android applications designed to enhance driving performance and ultimately keep you and others safe. Below is a list of applications that can be utilized to improve safety while driving.

Safe Driving Apps


Android Auto

Android Auto allows you to stay connected, without taking your eyes of the road. This application supports over 400 car models. Once your phone is connected to the car, you can launch Android Auto and use the hands-free function. Android Auto reads text messages out loud and allows you to respond by using voice activated commands. You can also set a custom “do not disturb” message to avoid distractions while driving.



Drivemode can make your overall driving experience safer. This application can be configured to automatically launch when you begin to drive and turns off all phone notifications if desired. The application’s hands-free features allow you to reply to messages with auto commands. You can also view driving history and integrate Drivemode with your other favorite applications.


Car Dashdroid

Car Dashdroid is another hands-free application that enables you to drive easier, while providing infotainment. This app offers the feature of blocked text messages and phone calls while driving.  When your car is in motion, Dashdroid can auto-reply to text messages and let people know you are busy driving. Another unique feature about this app is that it disables your smartphone passcode while you are driving.


At Mobile Initiative we care about the safety of our employees, customers, and the general public. So, we encourage you to try one these applications to make roads a safer place for all drivers. All of these applications are available at the Google Play store and are compatible with the Valor rugged smartphone.


This post was written by Rachel DeSantes, Marketing Intern at Mobile Initiative.