The Dangers of Distracted Driving: 5 Phone Apps You Should Never Use While Driving

//The Dangers of Distracted Driving: 5 Phone Apps You Should Never Use While Driving

The-Dangers-of-Distracted-DrivingEvery year, about 330,000 car accidents caused by cell phones lead to injury or death. This number makes it clear that distracted driving is a huge problem in the U.S. and that cell phones are one of the biggest contributors to the distracted driving epidemic. Adding to the problem, people are heavily dependent on their cell phones and other mobile devices, making them extremely difficult to put down. To make the device even more tempting, thousands of apps are available to download that entertain us, make life easier, and ultimately add to the list of distractions on the road.

All app usage while driving is dangerous, but the activity and navigation of some apps are more dangerous than others. Many of these apps have made headlines for the potential risk they hold if used while driving. It is important to know the dangers of using your cellphone while on the road, but if your phone does happen to tempt you, it is important to stay off of the dangerous apps. Below are five phone apps you should never use while driving:

  1. Snapchat

Snapchat is one of the most popular apps available in the app store today. This app is particularly dangerous because users are addicted to refreshing the app, interacting with friends, and posting photos to their Snap Story. The most dangerous and tempting part of this app is the miles per hour filter that can be applied to a photo. Many people have blamed this app for tempting users, especially teens, to purposefully speed to get higher numbers on the filter. Overall, filming while driving and taking your eyes off the road for more than three seconds will lead to no good.

  1. Twitter

Refreshing a Twitter feed is exciting to many. People are obsessed with reading the latest news about celebrities, sports and more. So obsessed that glancing at Twitter while driving is not an uncommon thing. Live tweeting while driving is also not uncommon. Composing a tweet while behind the wheel is equally, if not more dangerous than texting while behind the wheel. Reading through a limitless Twitter feed and hitting your 140 character limit should never be done while driving.

  1. Waze

This handy navigation app gives real-time updates on traffic, construction, road hazards, and accidents in your area. At first thought, the app seems like a dream come true to drivers, but after some deliberation, some concerns have risen with Waze. Users are responsible for posting the updates and that is considered a direct distraction. Fiddling with an app to quickly post a roadway update is dangerous and completely takes the driver’s focus away from the road.

  1. Pokémon Go

The famous Pokémon Go game made its debut during the summer of 2016. It was a big hit and is still played by many today. This app is a reality game that guides users to virtual characters that are virtually located all over the users surrounding area. To get ahead of the game, many players jump into their cars to collect characters while driving. With one hand on the wheel, the other on the game, and eyes on a phone screen, this game quickly became dangerous to everyone on the road.

  1. YouTube

There is nothing quite worse than taking your eyes off the road other than taking your eyes off the road to watch a video. YouTube is home to thousands of videos and it’s easy to get sucked in once you have lost yourself in the list of videos. While watching a video while driving is very dangerous, searching for the video you want to watch takes even more of your attention away from the road. YouTube videos should be saved for when a person has personal downtime – not when they are trying to pass the time while driving.

By |June 12th, 2017|

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For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance and on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.