3 Best Apps To Prevent Drinking and Driving

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Drinking has been around a lot longer than driving, and drinking and driving have both been around a lot longer than mobile apps. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great apps to make sure you stay off the road once you’ve had your fill.

Preventing drunk driving has been a major public health issue for decades and it’s becoming more and more difficult to manage. In the United States, there are approximately 300,000 incidents of drunk driving every day. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in 2012, 10,322 people were killed and approximately 345,000 were injured because of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The best way of ensuring you’re safe to drive is to refrain from drinking alcohol entirely. Apart from that, these apps are some of the best ways to ensure you stay informed about your choices, and, ultimately, keep people safe.



This device turns your smartphone into a breathalyzer. All you have to do is plug it in to your smartphone’s audio jack and blow into the unit. That way, on a night out, you’ll be able to know who’s safe to drive and who should call a cab. The unit listed at a pricey $100, but its accuracy outstrips cheaper competitors like Breathometer. The accompanying app is free on Google Play and the App Store.

BAC Estimator apps: DrinkTracker for iOS, AlcoDroid for Android


There are a slew of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) calculator apps on the market, but many of them are shoddily made and make inaccurate predictions. Both DrinkTracker and AlcoDroid are as accurate as they come. You can estimate your BAC given your height, weight, age, gender, how many drinks you’ve had, and what kind. But be careful: they only provide estimates! Always proceed to driving after drinking with ample caution. DrinkTracker for iOS, AlcoDroid for Android.



Ever worry about finding a taxi when you go out for the night? Hailo fixes that problem by letting you hail taxis right from your smartphone. It shows you a map of your area and where the nearest taxis on hailo are. Then, you can watch their progress heading to pick you up. The payment is even integrated into the app, in case you run out of cash buying rounds for all your new buddies at the bar. Hailo is free on both Google Play and the App Store.

The takeaway here? There are plenty of programs created with the sole purpose of preventing drinking and driving. Take advantage of these offerings and make the right decision. Don’t be careless with your life – or the lives of others.

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