Distracted driving is a growing epidemic among families. Talking, texting, and emailing are only a few of the culprits. There are three easy ways to reduce distracted driving in your life.
What is Distracted Driving?
“Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.” –Distraction.gov
Why Distracted Driving is a Problem
There is a lot of attention given to distracted teen drivers. This is a big problem but moms are also at risk of being distracted.
Mom drivers are using their smartphones, navigating, keeping any eye on the road, while at the same time having to pay attention to the kids in the back seat.
Consider this scenario: If you want to tell your husband that you are stuck in traffic (and will be late) you will have to first push and hold the button to turn on voice recognition.
Once activated you would say send a text, then say the name (properly), then say the message you want to convey and make sure it is accurately converted to text before finally confirm that you are ready to send.
Solutions to Distracted Driving
- Leave your phone in the back seat.
- Use voice recognition technology.
- Buy a device or app whose job is to reduce distractions.
Although voice recognition technology can make performing some of the functions on a smartphone somewhat more manageable, using Kittmatic makes it a breeze.
Kittmatic is a device that mounts on the visor and works in conjunction with an app on your iOS or Android smartphone. The accompanying app is free of charge.
With Kittmatic this whole ordeal is reduced to a single button press that only takes a second. The functions we picked are the ones that moms are most likely to use while driving. Hands-free doesn’t always mean distraction free.
Kittmatic lets you safely stay in touch with your significant other, launch navigation on your smartphone and control your music app – all by easily pressing buttons.
You may never need to touch your smartphone again while driving.
The goal of Kittmatic is to reduce distracted driving while still allowing you to perform important functions.
Cognitive distraction plays a big role when considering driver safety. Kittmatic is a great investment a mom can make for the safety of mom and her loved ones in a car.
Kittmatic is affordable, and the long-lasting coin cell battery on Kittmatic can last for up two years and is easily replaced for under $5.
Kittmatic is started a pre-launch campaign on September 17, 2014 which will run through October 21, 2014.
During this time, the first 500 people who sign up using their email will receive a $15 off coupon, to bring the product price down to $40. Retail price will be $55.
Funds are not being collecting at this time. The company is trying to understand market demand and gather valuable feedback to make a great product.
It is projected that Kittmatic will be available in time for Mother’s Day 2015 (May 2015). It would definitely make a great gift for moms.
Distracted Driving Laws
To view distracted driving laws in your state, visit Distracted.gov.
What tips do you have to reduce distracted driving?
I was not compensated in any way for the this post. I was contacted by the company and asked to pass the information along to my readers. This issue is personally of concern to me, so I am simply paying it forward.