With texting and driving becoming a more frequent danger on the roads, a new smartphone app called DriveScribe is aimed toward changing the behavior of distracted drivers, especially teenagers. Among teenagers, the leading cause of death is the result of car accidents at 35 percent with 16 percent of teens involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time. The DriveScribe app, free for Android and iPhone, works by blocking electronic distractions and coaching novice drivers.
Once downloaded the app auto-starts through Bluetooth or motion detection and blocks distractions from the smartphone such as any incoming texts, calls or email messages. As a driving coach, the app guides drivers in real time by using visual and verbal cues on smartphones to display traffic laws, such as reminding drivers to stop at a stop sign. To help prevent accidents in the future and minimize road accidents, the app also records any violations which may have occurred, such as exceeding the speed limit at any particular point of a driving trip.
After each time a driver gets behind the wheel, the app measures and scores driving performance, giving what is known as a Safe Driver Score (SDS). Information from every driving trip is recorded including its time and length, a map of the route, average speed. Using the statistics of a SDS, which drivers can view online and on the app, they can improve their driving performance next time. What makes DriveScribe unique as an app is its built in rewards program, creating driving into a more social experience by being able to compete against friends and family to earn points for improved driving. DriveScribe app users can exchange these points for free gift cards and discounts from major online retailers like Amazon.
DriveScribe offers incentive for parents to get involved with their children’s driving, allowing them to monitor their teens’ driving performance, even sending text messages or emails when their children make traffic violations.