NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - When it comes to learning the techniques of driving, there is alot to remember. As Norfolk Academy's driving instructor, it's RayBousman's job to make sure his students get it all.
Bousman knows the dangers of the road. In fact, he spent morethan 20 years as a Virginia Beach police officer. His biggestchallenge today is technology and teaching his students how toavoid its deadly distractions.
"The cell phone is probably the biggest problem. It's almostepidemic today," Bousman said.
Students tend to agree. Norfolk Academy senior, Sydney Davissaid, "I'm one of those people that is hooked to their phones. Sowhen I get a ding or a call I'm more than tempted to look at to seewho it is or see who's calling." Sydney continued, "I've done itbefore, I've texted, I've tried my best not to."
Like Sydney, most of us with phones can admit to having textedwhile behind the wheel. The recent trend is the reason for the newapp, iZUP. The app detects when your car starts moving, and itreacts by blocking phone calls and text messages, with theexception of some vital contacts and, of course, emergencies.
But let's say you still want to know when you've got a message,well there's another option for you called Drivesafe.ly.
Heath Ahrens, the developer of iSpeech,explains how the app works: "Drivesafe.ly reads out text messagesand email in real time as they arrive on mobile devices, and thenext version coming out allows people to respond by voice."
It's almost like having a passenger in your car reading yourmessages to you.
Still, Bousman says the biggest lesson in safe driving has tocome from home. "It has to start with the parents and setting agood behavior. It's difficult to do, I know, because cell phonesare so prevalent and they're just out there," he added.
At the end of the day, Bousman said he wants his students todrive away remembering, "They need not forget responsibility. Andwhen they drive a car they're ultimately responsible. That everytime they get behind the wheel of a car, they're taking a chancewith their lives, and texting while driving increases the chance ofsomething bad happening."
To learn more about iZUP clickhere.
If you'd like to try out Drivesafe.ly clickhere.
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