Earn Rewards for Not Driving Distracted
Many tech manufacturers have tried to deter distracted driving, but a new app is taking a different approach.
It has been over a decade since texting and driving was banned in California. Still, too many drivers engage in this extremely dangerous behavior and cause accidents that result in severe injuries. Phone manufacturers have tried to limit a driver’s ability to text while driving, using features such as automatic texts. Now, an app is taking a more positive approach, allowing drivers to text, but rewarding them when they do not.
This App Saves Lives
The app was created by Ryan Frankel after he was almost hit by a distracted driver while biking. Although he avoided being struck, he was still thrown over the handlebars trying to avoid the vehicle and broke his hip and elbow. It was then, after months of research, that he created the app This App Saves Lives.
The app will automatically detect when a person is in a vehicle traveling over ten miles an hour. Once the app has started tracking the driver’s movements, they will then earn one point for every minute they do not use their phone while driving. Those points can then be redeemed for awards, such as a free milkshake at Shake Shack or free merchandise at Urban Outfitters. The app also will not take other actions into considerations, such as listening to music. So, it does not forbid drivers from using their phone altogether.
Currently, the app is only available in Philadelphia, where Frankel’s company is based.
The Benefits of the App
Of course, the biggest benefit of the app is that it deters drivers from texting and driving. However, while creating the app, Frankel has also reached the age group that is most likely to text while driving. He stated that during its initial phase, students were the main demographic using the app. This demographic is often made up of millennials, who have been shown to be much more likely to text while they are behind the wheel.
Motorists who refrain from texting while driving may benefit from the rewards, but the partners that offer the free rewards also benefit. Retailers and food establishments recognize that when a driver comes in to redeem rewards, they are also likely to buy something else too, such as a hamburger to go with their free milkshake.
Our California Car Accident Lawyers Can Help if You are Hurt
While more companies come up with innovative solutions to stop people from texting and driving, many still engage in the practice. If you have been hurt by a distracted driver, our Murrieta car accident lawyers at Gibbs & Fuerst, LLP, are here to help. We know how to prove a driver was texting while driving and will help you claim the full amount of compensation you deserve. Call us today at (951) 816-3435 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.