Smartphones are a part of our daily lives, as we use them for so many different things. From sending an email when you’re not in the office to playing your favorite music in the car, a smartphone has really helped to make life easier. There seems to be an app for everything these days, and that’s even true when we turn our attention to preventing DUI crashes and arrests. There are a number of apps that are designed to help reduce drunk driving, and we put three of our favorites in the spotlight today.
Apps That Prevent Drunk Driving
Before we get to the list, it’s worth noting that none of these apps are a substitute for common sense and making good decisions. If you know you’re going to be drinking, make sure you know ahead of time how you are going to safely get around. With that said, these three apps can help you achieve that goal.
1. Lift/Uber – If you have a smartphone, you’re probably familiar with Uber and Lyft. Similar to a taxi, these ridesharing apps allow you to hail a ride to your destination. They are far more user-friendly than the old taxi service, as you’ll know who’ll be picking you up, how much the trip will cost, and estimated time of arrival all before you click to connect with a driver. Although prices increase during busy times, like after a concert lets out or near bar time, Uber and Lyft and 100 times cheaper than a DUI.
2. ENDUI – ENDUI is an app that helps the user determine their blood alcohol content. Again, an estimate is no substitute for sound judgment, but this can help determine when you can expect to be over the legal driving limit. Also, this app has some mini games installed on it that allows you to test your reflexes and see how alcohol is affecting your reaction time. This is an entertaining and informative option to use with others at the bar.
3. Drink Tracker – Finally, Drink Tracker is another app that can help to determine your BAC. This app allows you to type in your age, weight, gender and height, which allows it to be a little more accurate than other apps. That said, there are plenty of other factors that can’t be accounted for, like the strength of any shots or mixed drinks you had, whether or not you’re drinking on an empty stomach and how fast your body metabolizes alcohol. This is another helpful option, but if you’re even close to the limit, assume you’re over and find another way home.
These apps could have helped countless clients avoid a DUI in the past, so please keep them in mind and make smart decisions when you’re out drinking. A DUI can cost you thousands of dollars and lead to jail time, so don’t chance it. Get home safely and everybody wins.