Did you know that 23% of ALL traffic crashes (which is at least 1.3 million crashes every year) involve cell phone. And an estimated 1.2 million crashes each year involve drivers talking on cell and at least 100,000 additional crashes are related to drivers who are texting. Those numbers are scary and insanely high. While modern technology is fantastic and always evolving and helping our lives they can also be a distraction, one that we cannot afford while driving.
Safely Go by Safely is a new free app for Android based phones that is aimed at cutting down on the distractions while driving.
Here’s how it works.
- When you set up your account you can choose to make three contacts your “VIP” contacts. In doing so you will only be allowed to receive phone calls and/or text from those three individuals.
- While driving and having Safely Go on if you receive a text from someone that is not on your VIP list it will automatically send a text message that you’re on the road and driving safely.
- Automatically enables calls through your Bluetooth or other hands-free device while driving
- It will only give you access only to your top three driving apps such as maps, navigation or music.
Setting up the app is very easy and pretty self explanatory. Make sure that you have your contacts in your contacts list on your phone that you plan on selecting as your VIP’s because if they aren’t in there they wont show up in Safely Go. When selecting the auto-reply message you can either stick with the default message or type one of your own.
Starting this app is not difficult at all and I personally love that and think it’s fabulous because it’s not a ten step process for you to go through when you get into your car. Simply open the app and select the green “GO” circle. Your screen will then look something like the photo below. And that’s all you have to do. When you’re done driving simply select exit and the app will close.
I plan on running this app on my Samsung Galaxy SIII every time I get in the car because while I try my hardest to keep my full attention on the road and not distracted by technology, alas I am not a saint and I am after all only human. With the app being free and with the statistics out there why wouldn’t you want something to help keep your attention where it should be.