Understanding the problem is key to finding appropriate solutions to texting and driving, and distracted or dangerous driving in general. Distracted driving comes in many forms, texting and driving being just one of them. We’ve written about some of the different types of distractions as well as the best setup for staying focused on the road. Luckily, although technology has created the problem, we believe technology can help to solve it.
There are many forms of distraction, and the needs of a driver vary by age, occupation, and location. Below are some different types of solutions that are helping to reduce distractions behind the wheel.
Apple unveiled the much anticipated feature for iOS 11 that allows the iPhone to minimize distractions while driving. If you have an iPhone, it’s one of the best ways to reduce the temptation to check your phone when it “dings” or rings.
Pro Tip: Check out our complete guide on how to use Do Not Disturb While Driving mode to start using the feature like a boss.
Our core mission and flagship product is an app-supported incentive program to reduce distractions while driving. We pick up where features like “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode left off, and give drivers a reason to join the safe-driving awareness movement. It’s the most fun and engaging solution to texting and driving.
The program uses gameful design and rewards to incentivize drivers to not use their phone while they’re on the move. Fleets use it as a health and benefits safety program, while drivers can share and create teams with their families and friends.
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While it has been shown that hands-free devices can still be distracting, it’s important to have if you are required to make and accept phone calls while you drive for work.
Here’s a link to the best-reviewed hands-free, bluetooth car kits of 2017.
Pro Tip: The MOTOVATE™ app can be setup to use your car’s built-in Bluetooth “infotainment” system or a hands-free Bluetooth system as a signal that you’re driving to block other distractions, too.
Though phone docks once seemed like just a gimmick or fad, they actually come in handy when using your phone for navigation. One of the most distracting things you can do with a cell phone, besides texting, is look and scroll through maps.
So, if you need to use maps while you drive, make sure you put your phone in an easy-to-view place. Consider using a phone dock to make this into an easy and simple habit.
Check out this recent list of the best car phone dashboard mounts.
For families with new drivers, sometimes the easiest answer can be an education. Having a serious conversation about phone use while driving can sometimes be awkward. But signing a pledge or driving agreement may raise awareness just high enough to start forming a safe driving habit. Acknowledgment is the first step to being more aware.
Acknowledgement is the first step to taking action. These pledge cards are simple, yet powerful.
Pro Tip: Every text-free driving kit comes with 2 pledge cards
Need an extra reminder to kick off the new habit? Try using texting thumb bands as an added reminder to stay focused on the road, and not on your phone.
TextNinja and Texting Thumb Bands recently joined forces to help raise awareness in high schools.
To order individually or in bulk, check out the Texting Thumb Bands website.
Our friends at Katasi in Boulder Colorado are working with network carriers to try and implement a network-wide solution to cell phone use while driving.
While no hardware is required to use MOTOVATE™, the app is optimized to work best using Connected Car Bluetooth to detect driving. We offer a state-of-the-art Bluetooth Low Energy adapter that works with any car made after 1996, and enables many other connected car apps too!
This inclusive kit provides you with some helpful tools to reduce driving distractions. The connected car adapter maximizes the effectiveness of the app, the pledge establishes a conscious commitment, and the rewards give you an additional incentive to break the habit.
Want to use MOTOVATE™ in multiple vehicles? Add an adapter for additional cars that you or your family members drive.
– Bluetooth 4.0 / Low Energy / BTLE
– Works on any car in the US made after 1996
– Compatible with iPhone and Android phones
Are you an Android family and want to use MOTOVATE™ in multiple vehicles? Add an adapter for additional cars that you or your family members drive.
– Traditional Bluetooth
– Works on any car in the US made after 1996
– Compatible with Android only
Bonus: Works with 100’s of other Connected Car apps (learn more)
Proudly (and stylishly) say that you are “Protected by TextNinja”. These super soft shirts are a great way to show off your support for the text-free driving movement. Standard adult sizing.
Tri-Blend Super Soft Cotton (the best)
These cool outdoor stickers are great for cars, laptops, and anywhere else you’d like to show people you care. Each order comes with 2 stickers (1 of each print)
Great for preventing distracted driving.