7 Safe-Driving Apps

Instead of being dangerous distractions, these smart phone programs can help teen drivers focus on the road.


1 of 7

TextArrest

textarrest_badge_logo.jpg

Basic Function: Disables texting and e-mail on smartphones.

Best Feature: Locks the phone's screen so no texts or e-mails can be sent or read while driving. (The app senses when the car is traveling faster than 5 mph.)

Compatibility: Android

Price: Basic is free, advanced plans start at $7.99/month (textarrest.com)


2 of 7

Safe Driver

safe-driver.jpg

Basic Function: Monitors location and driving practices of newly licensed teens.

Best Feature: Alerts parents via text or e-mail when kids exceed a specific speed and shows where infractions occurred.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

Price: Basic is free; Pro version is $4.99


3 of 7

ZoomSafer

Zoom-Safer.jpg

Basic Function: Limits access to e-mail, texting, browsing, and calling when a teen is on the road.

Best Feature: Restricts teen's cell phone activity while driving and allows calls parents set from a contact list using an online account.

Compatibility: BlackBerry and some Windows Mobile phones

Price: $2.99/month or $25/year


4 of 7

Drivesafe.ly Pro

drive-safely-pro.jpg

Basic Function: Teens stay connected while keeping their hands on the wheel.

Best Feature: Texts and e-mails are read aloud; the app automatically responds without touching a button.

Compatibility: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, and Windows Mobile

Price: $13.95 annually for a single user; family plans are $34.95/year (drivesafe.ly)


5 of 7

Key2SafeDriving

BlackBerrySDM.jpg

Basic Function: Restricts phone use when car is running and sends automated replies to incoming texts.

Best Feature: Gives parents control via a password and sends an alert if a teen tries to bypass device.

Compatibility: BlackBerry and assorted smartphones

Price: $99.95 for each device, including software for one cell phone (key2safedriving.com)


6 of 7

Dangers of Distracted Driving

dangers-of-distracted-driving.jpg

Basic Function: Explores the consequences of distracted driving.

Best Feature: Outlines several scenarios and demonstrates how distracted driving can land drivers in the "Kill Zone."

Compatibility: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

Price: $0.99


7 of 7

Steer Clear Mobile

Steer-clear.jpg

Basic Function: Teaches young drivers proper driving procedures and increases eligibility for State Farm Insurance discounts.

Best Feature: Logs driving time, mileage, and road conditions so kids can measure their progress.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad (teens without a mobile device can complete the program online at statefarm.com)

Price: Free

Copyright &copy 2010 Meredith Corporation.