Ask any REALTOR® what the two most important tools for the job are and the unanimous answer would be their phone and car. Our cars are an inseparable part of our work lives where it seems we spend a majority of our time, especially if we are working in rural areas! Our phones are as necessary as air when it comes to connecting with clients, colleagues and family. Unfortunately problems arise when we mix the both of them!
All of us are familiar with dangers associated with the use of gadgets, such as phones, while behind the wheel. However, even we were startled by the latest report released by GHSA last month, stating that 25% of car crashes in the United States involve the driver using a gadget.
To ensure that we are as safe as possible on the road, we wanted to share with you 5 smartphone apps that will help you stay safe:
Drive safe.ly keeps you connected on the road by reading your text messages aloud and sending text responses via your voice command. Perfect for those of us who use text messages on a frequent basis.
Cost: Free Lite version or $13.95 Annually
Not While Driving detects when your car is in motion and puts your smartphone in sleep mode until the car stops.
You can override the sleep mode, but the app will send a designated contact an email, where you would explain why you needed to use your phone on the road. This app seems perfect for parents who worry about their teen’s driving too!
aCar tracks and manages your car’s maintenance needs, as the last thing you want is to have your car break down in the middle of nowhere! aCar allows you to manage the maintenance needs of your car, and reminds you when you need to change your oil, air filter etc. Great app for us busy folk who sometimes forget about our car check-ups!
Need to look up a location point on a map? Want to search the closest gas station? Google’s Voice search allows you to search all of Google’s features using voice commands. If you’re an Android user, Google Voice search, allows you to open up applications, send texts/emails without having to reach for your phone!
Moby’s location sharing feature allows you to share your up-to-date location with your chosen colleagues, family and friends, within Moby’s Map interface or via sms/e-mail with non-Moby friends. With one touch of a button you can easily let your contacts know you are on your way, or let them see you are running a little late! If you are ever in an emergency on the road, Moby also allows you to quickly send an alert to your contacts with your exact GPS location.
Don't forget that no business phone call is worth risking your safety! If you have an urgent phone call to make, be sure to pull over in a safe spot to do so!
Do you know of any apps that will keep us safe on the road? If so we would love for you to tell us in the comment section below!
Take care and be safe everyone!
The Moby Team
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