For the competent driver, the gig economy offers more ways than ever to make a living or even a little extra money on the side in the gig economy. Experienced drivers can find becoming a driver for Uber or Lyft or delivering food and goods for companies like Uber Eats or Postmates surprisingly lucrative. But whether you drive for a living, face a long commute every day or want to make a little extra money from the comfort of your car, it’s essential to take the necessary steps to ensure your safety and that of any passengers you may be carrying.
Road safety is about more than ensuring that you stay away from alcohol, are well fed and well hydrated while on the road. Increasingly, electronic devices are the cause of a range of completely avoidable mishaps on the road. Indeed, the proliferation of drivers using electronic devices at the wheel drove the state of Washington to enact EDUI legislation last year treating drivers use of electronic devices similarly to drunk driving. If you want to ensure that you’re safe on the road, maintain your reputation as a driver and reduce your risk of having to call Provo car accident lawyer you may be surprised to find that your smartphone can actually be a help rather than an impediment. Here we’ll look at some potentially life saving apps for those who spend a lot of time on the road…
Up to date iOS
Let’s start with an obvious one. If you have an iPhone there’s a good chance that simply updating your version of iOS could entitle you to free software that will detect from your velocity that you’re driving and block incoming texts and calls accordingly? If you’re a passenger, however, you can easily disable this feature with just a push of your touchscreen.
AT&T Drive Mode
But what if you’re on the road and awaiting an important call? So long as you’re operating your phone in a hands free way, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to take it. AT&T’s Drive Mode app goes one step further than the precautionary measure taken by iOS by answering incoming calls with a prerecorded message explaining that you’re driving. Moreover, you can program in up to 5 numbers who can still call you if the app is enabled.
If you have teen drivers who will be using your car, you can even get a text notification when they turn the app off.
iOnRoad Smarter Driver
Sometimes, it’s not enough for your phone to simply block out distracting calls and texts. You also want it to give you an edge while on the road, enabling you to respond to oncoming hazards, changes in speed limit or slowing traffic in front. The iOnRoad offers a wide range of such personal driving assistance features. These also include collision warning, headway monitoring, and even a video recording feature. This acts like a kind of black-box which could be a real boon for your insurance and / or legal claim in the event of a collision.
Let your phone be your friend in ensuring better road safety and an intact driving reputation.