Are you worried about your new teen driver’s safety behind the wheel, especially when you’re not in the car to monitor? Then try out one of the four apps for safe teen driving, recommended by The News Wheel:
Focus by TeenDrive
To use this app, you will also need to purchase a beacon to install in your car and create an account online. When your teen’s phone is within 20 feet of this beacon, it will sync with it, meaning that when the car is in motion, all text and social media notifications will be blocked. Drivers can still utilize navigation and music apps.
While Focus requires that you purchase a beacon, MOTIVATE operates just with the app on the phone — and teens may be more eager to use this one. That’s because MOTIVATE is an incentive app that rewards teens for safe driving. MOTIVATE pauses app notifications when the teen is driving and awards them points for prizes for safe driving.
When your teen’s vehicle is in motion, the phone automatically locks. And if they unlock it? You’ll get a notification so you can talk to your teen about safe driving.
Currently, Drivemode is available only for Android users. It uses voice command, reads texts aloud, supports Google Maps, and more. Most importantly? It turns off notifications.
If you and your teen are starting to shop for their first vehicle, stop by L&L Motor. We’ll help match you with the right Ford model to suit your budget and preferences.