Earn Rewards for Not Driving Distracted
A cell phone application offers free milkshakes and other rewards to motorists who refrain from engaging in distracted driving behaviors.
Despite changes in state laws and increased public awareness, distracted driving continues to be one of the leading causes of car accidents. Distracted driving-related crashes and collisions can leave drivers, their passengers, and others on the road with serious and potentially life-threatening personal injuries. In an effort to offer an additional incentive to put safety first, a new cell phone application is offering free food, event tickets, and other rewards from various companies to drivers who stay off their phones while behind the wheel.
Incentives to Prevent Distracted Driving
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), close to 3,000 people die as a result of distracted driving accidents each year throughout the U.S. Tens of thousands of other drivers and passengers suffer potentially life-threatening injuries. Despite the fact that most states have laws prohibiting them when driving, using cellphones is one of the most common causes.
Taking or making calls, sending texts, checking social media, taking photos, and watching videos are all common behaviors. When you engage in them while driving, it significantly increases car accident risks. As increased penalties and public awareness campaigns have not worked, a cell phone application developer recently decided to take a different approach.
This App Saves Lives was introduced in early 2020 by a team of entrepreneurs after the founding member was almost killed in a bicycle accident caused by a distracted driver. Once downloaded onto your phone, it remains inactive most of the time, kicking into gear once it detects movement over 10 miles per hour. It detects whether you are using your cellphone and offers rewards through partnerships with various companies, such as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and Shake Shack, for not texting or taking calls while behind the wheel. It does still allow you to use your phone for navigation purposes, listening to music, and making hands-free calls.
Avoiding Other Types of Distracted Driving
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that texting and talking on cell phones are among the most dangerous types of distracted driving behaviors as they involve all three major types of distractions:
- Visual distractions, which cause you to take your eyes off the road;
- Manual distractions, which cause you to take your hands off the wheel;
- Cognitive distractions, which cause your mind to wander from the important task of driving.
While getting rewards for not using your cell phone can be fun and may help to reduce distracted driving-related car accidents, there are other common distractions of which you need to be aware. Changing GPS or radio stations, eating and drinking behind the wheel, checking your appearance, and even talking to passengers can all increase your car accident risks.
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