As teens head back to school, it can mean more time in the car alone driving to class and after-school jobs. With distracted driving being major hazard for inexperienced drivers, some apps can help parents keep an eye on their teens.
The new school year could mean some new teen drivers with new privileges they may have picked up over the summer months.
According Federal Government statistics, younger drivers, those 20 and under, are most susceptible to distractions behind the wheel. As the nationwide crackdown on distracted driving continues, parents can enlist the help of some apps to make sure their teens are developing good driving habits, early.
The 'Drive Safely' app for Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows, reads texts and emails out loud in real time and allows drivers to respond without touching the phone eliminating that urge to take your hands off of the wheel. An entire family of four can use the app for $9.99 per month.
The 'Teen Agree' app for Apple and Android uses a G-P-S to let parents keep tabs on where their teens are driving, their speed and can track multiple young drivers in a family.
And the 'Key-To-Safe-Driving' app works with hardware installed in a vehicle to block text messages and phone calls entirely. Those incoming calls go straight to voicemail, and text messages get an auto reply.