Everyone needs to just TTYL before we OMG the car.

Next time you're sitting at an intersection, look around and take note of how many drivers are staring down at their phones. The number you see can be disconcerting, to say the least.

People who read or write text messages while driving are 23 percent more likely to be involved in a car crash than other drivers. The US Department of Transportation notes that the use of cell phones while driving plays a role in 1.6 million auto crashes each year, causing 500,000 injuries and 6,000 deaths. And while text messaging is banned for drivers in 46 states and the District of Columbia, many people continue to do it, despite knowing the dangers.

To help us all be safer, less-distracted drivers, some apps can block cell phone features-including texting while driving. Others will encourage you not to text or help you receive or send messages in a way that's perhaps less distracting.

Apps that block texting while driving.

LifeSaver

Designed for families and fleets, LifeSaver is a free app that automatically senses when you’re driving and activates to block text notifications. It also disables other phone features while the car is in motion, such as using email or accessing the camera. (For Android™ and iOS)

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Drive Safe

This handy app makes it easy to keep your drive distraction-free. When turned on, the app blocks all calls and texts so that you can keep your focus on the road. Emergency mode turns off blocking if you're called three times in a row, so you don’t miss important news. (For Android)

Apps that encourage you to drive safer.

HUM

HUM lets you talk to your car. Using the Google Assistant, you can check how many miles you have left in your tank, find out where the next rest stop is, or even google pressing questions without reaching for your phone. HUM also monitors your driving—the safer you drive, including staying off your phone, the higher you score. (For Android, iOS)

Drivemode

Drivemode’s UI is easy to access out of the corner of your eye, and text messages are turned into audio—your phone reads incoming messages aloud with the touch of a button. Swipe through canned responses to send a text back. The big, “no-look” interface runs atop any app you’re using, and breaks your phone down into various functions: Music, Calls, Apps, Destinations and Messages. (For Android)

Drivesafe.ly®

In a similar vein, DriveSafe.ly® features One Tap operation and auto-on functionality that lets users seamlessly interact with their phones while driving. Drivesafe.ly® announces callers by name, reads text messages and emails aloud, and can be set to auto-respond without the driver needing to touch the device. (For Android)

Tune out distractions.

Minimize interruptions to drive safely on the road with these easy-to-use text blocking apps so you can stay focused. Each of these apps will keep your eyes on the road and not the siren song of notifications. Download any of these from your app store of choice today.