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New App Helps Avoid Texting and Driving

New App Helps Avoid Texting and Driving

Woman Texting on Phone and Driving CarFrom traffic tickets to fatal accidents, it is no secret that texting while driving can lead to very serious consequences. Unfortunately, teen drivers are the most likely to learn about these consequences first hand. Fortunately, AT&T has come up with its own way to help prevent further injuries or even death, with the new DriveMode app.

Once the app is downloaded to a cell phone, you can set up automatic responses to all incoming text messages if the vehicle is going at least 25 miles per hour. Just like “out of the office” emails, these text messages alert friends that the person is driving and cannot respond right now. Once the vehicle goes less than 25 miles per hour for 5 minutes, the app is turned off, allowing the driver to respond to calls and texts. Any calls going to the phone are automatically sent to voicemail. However, there is an option to allow certain phone numbers to an “allow list,” which will lets specific calls from certain numbers to ring through.

The app allows for immediate 911 access with the touch of one button, even if the app is not turned on. Though texts and calls are not available during driving, your navigation and music will still work. If a passenger in the vehicle is trying to use the phone while the app is on, they can press the green steering wheel button and it will turn off, allowing it to be used while the vehicle is in motion.

One of the best ways to protect you and your family in case of an accident related to texting and driving is to make sure that you have the right auto insurance policy. Contact Remland Insurance Services in Orange, California for all of your auto insurance needs throughout Orange County.


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