Did you know distracted driving is the number one killer of teens in America?
Despite this very risky behavior, a new national Ad Council survey published today as part of the “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.” campaign found that sixty percent of young adults (age 16 – 24) said they have texted while driving and fifty-eight percent will continue do so knowing that thousands are killed and hundreds of thousands are injured every year due to distracted driving.
The survey also found that friends, followed by their parents, are the people who would be influential in encouraging young adult drivers NOT to text while driving.
In light of these findings, today is the first nationwide “Stop the Texts” Day to encourage friends and parents of young adult drivers to educate them on the risks of texting while driving.
Beginning Today (Tuesday, May 1) at 9:00 a.m. (EDT), go to http://www.facebook.com/stopthetexts or twitter.com/stopthetexts and share status updates throughout the day to help spread the word about the risks of texting while driving.
App4Drivers is a revolutionary new $4.99 App available for Android and iPhones that helps improve driving behavior by tracking texting, excessive turns, excessive speeds, quick accelerations or sudden braking.
App4Drivers can document answered texts or phone calls during a drive. The program will even alarm and notify the user, or a car owner, or fleet manager, some distance away, if that happens while the App is active.
App4Drivers creates a trip report and a map showing where driving performance exceeds desired set levels for speed, braking, turning, and for cell phone use. The map can be automatically transmitted to any desired location.
The Distracted Driving feature maps any answered texts or phone calls. Good driving habits are documents and get better scores.
This handy program downloads and installs quickly and uses complex mathematical algorithms. The advantage of the internal GPS locator systems and accelerometer, combined with the incredible speed of the 3G network, provides the instant real-time analysis of motion. The phone then documents whenever and wherever the smart phone carrying person (driver or passenger), exceeds whatever speed or acceleration set points have been programmed.
The App4Drivers program has touch screen driven menus that document Acceleration, Braking, Cornering and Speed.
Once desired set points are entered, the program records the speed and calculates the g forces experienced by the driver. Phone application device owners can choose to protect all driving and vehicle information with a password. This will limit access when adding or editing a vehicle type or setting, as well as prevents data from being deleted.
Text, E-Mail and E-Alert Notifications allows whoever with access to the app to be informed of driving behavior on all covered vehicles, provided the app is active during their drive. Text messages can be sent whenever a vehicle crosses its G force parameters. E-Mail notifications are sent only after a recorded trip and provides all the data gathered for that trip. E Alert notifications are sent when a vehicle crosses the G force boundaries, alerting vehicle owners of any dangerous driving being performed in their vehicle. And, one can change which measurement system (English or Metric) to use with their app; providing a better understanding of driver statistics across borders.
When a violation occurs, the program will automatically send either a text message or an email message identifying the vehicle being used, the time the program started and stopped, the set point exceeded, the time of the infraction, and the duration that the set point was exceeded.
App4Drivers also provides users with the added capability of receiving a detailed trip report via Email that displays a map with drop pins indicating location of the vehicle when application was initiated and shutdown, a list of the set points, summary of violations and peak speed reached if speed set point were exceeded, the ID of the vehicle driven and a detailed list of any violations for that trip.
To encourage users to stay compliant, both versions also provide color visual and audio sound alarms when a driver comes within 95 percent of any set point limit (e.g., 55 MPH) identified by a user.
Designer Chet Karella says the program can be used by parents who want to monitor teen drivers, by truck and automobile fleet managers seeking assurance of employees safety, and by insurance companies who want to reduce costs of driver non-compliance and inattention.
The program which was developed and patented by Chet Karella of Dangerous Decisions LLC and Henry Decook of Adapto BV, can be tailored to allow drivers to specify driving parameters to multiple vehicles.
An educational video about how it works is available on You Tube at http://youtu.be/nO_ETapwrG0. To dowload for $4.99, go to http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/app4drivers!/id481601744?mt=8
Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.
Drive safely. Set a good example. Save precious lives.