Here’s a handy, unobtrusive tool that encourages teens and adults alike to be a little more careful on the road.
You install the app and sign up as a DriveScribe member. Then run the app whenever you’re behind the wheel. DriveScribe can be set to block incoming calls and messages while you’re driving. It also uses the phone’s GPS and accelerometer to track your speed, while accessing a database that knows the speed limit for the road you’re on. You get gentle warnings to slow down when necessary. You also get reward points for safely completing a journey.
These points aren’t worth anything to users of the free service. But if you become a paid subscriber, at prices ranging from $3 to $10 a month, you can redeem the points for discounts and gift cards from companies like Nike and Amazon.com. In addition, DriveScribe users can share their point scores on a company website, in effect competing with their friends for the title of Safest Driver.
There are lots of apps that try to goad people into better driving habits, but its incentive system might make DriveScribe the most effective one yet.