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4 Apps to Keep Teen Drivers Safe

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Learning how to drive can be a challenge, especially with so many modern distractions. If you’re the parent of a young driver, it’s normal to worry that your teen might be stare at their smartphone instead of focusing on the road. Here are four quality apps to help increase your child’s safety behind the wheel — even when you’re not in the car with them.

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Described as an app-supported incentive program, MOTOVATE will reward your teen for safe driving. Not only does the app pause notifications while your child is behind the wheel, but it has a point system that lets them earn prizes. They can also compete with friends and family that have the app to see who can get the highest score. Click here to download the app.


If you have an Android phone, check out Drivemode. Available from the Google Play store, this app’s primary strength is its voice command function. It can turn off notifications, read texts out loud, and auto-reply to texts. It even supports Waze, Google Maps, messaging apps, music apps and more. Click here to download the app.

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This innovative app works in tandem with a beacon device placed in the vehicle. Simply create an online account on the website here, download the app on your teen’s phone, and install the beacon in the car. The beacon will syncs with their phone, as long as they’re within a 20-foot radius of the gadget. The app blocks texts and social media notifications while the car is in motion, but it still allows music and navigation apps to function.


This app automatically locks the driver’s phone during a drive. When the vehicle stops, the phone unlocks. If a young driver tries unlocking their phone while driving, the app will send a notification to your phone. It’s a convenient way to monitor your teen’s driving tendencies from a distance. Click here to download the app.

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News Sources: DMV, TeenSafe, Android Authority