Talking on the phone while driving is not only distracting, it can also prove to be incredibly dangerous. This is a fact that almost everyone of us is fully aware of. But still, there are times we just can't stop ourselves from answering that call or each one of us is well rehearsed with this rule. But nevertheless, there are times when we can't stop ourselves from answering a phone call while driving. There can be many reasons for this. Maybe we are expecting an important call, or maybe there is someone calling repeatedly so it would be inappropriate to avoid the call. Whatever the reason maybe, it still doesn't make mixing driving and talking any less dangerous. It increases the risk of accidents many folds. Scores of people lose their lives in road accidents each year and many more are seriously injured. Not surprisingly, many of these accidents are linked to mobile usage in one way or another. With the growing number of accidents caused by it, it wouldn't be wrong to say that talking while driving is as hazardous as drunk drinking. But most of us ignore or forget this.
So if you must talk on your smartphone while driving (despite being aware of the risks), we recommend using an app that you should use to ensure road safety. It's called Kruzr. Currently in beta testing mode, Kruzr is an Android app that acts like a sieve for phone calls. In other words, it only lets very important calls reach you while you are driving. Here's how Kruzr works. Each time you start driving, the app starts to work on its own (provided you've turned on GPS functionality). When you receive a call, Kruzr answers it on your behalf. It then instructs the caller that they can press 1 to proceed (if they think that the call is important), or press 2 to leave a voice message. Essentially, Kruzr lets the caller know that you're driving so they can choose to reach you at some other time.
In addition, the app hides notifications from email, SMS and messaging apps like WhatsApp. All these notifications show up once you stop driving.
Kruzr also comes with the ability to specify emergency contacts. You can save contacts as emergency numbers so that their calls can break through even when you're driving. Further, it lets you mark favourite places on the map to quickly select them when you're driving. The app comes with an emergency button, which can be used to inform an emergency response team in case the vehicle meets with an accident. Pressing the button sends out information such as location and extent of the accident.
As of now, Kruzr is available in beta for Android, and the iOS version of the app should be out too. Overall, we really like the concept of Kruzr. The beta version worked fine during our testing, but there were a few misses. We hope for them to be fixed when the full version rolls out.
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