April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and cell phones are one of the biggest distractions for drivers. According to the National Safety Council, at any time around 9% of drivers are talking on a cell phone, and somewhere between 21% and 26% of all car crashes involve cell phone use. When a driver is multitasking and not concentrating on the road their field of view narrows and they can miss up to 50% of whats happening around them.
In order to help minimize the risks of driving with a cell phone, Sprint offers the free Drive First smartphone app, which is only available for Sprint customers. When the app is enabled it detects when you are travelling faster than 10 mph and then locks the phone. At the same time it turns off audible phone notifications, and instead directs incoming calls to voicemail. Drive First will also automatically respond to text messages to let the sender know that you are currently driving. Apps that you regularly use while driving (for music and navigation for example) can be selectively allowed.