At the mere mention of locator apps, people often get uncomfortable. And yes, there are a lot of ways these apps can be misused and become more of a burden than a help. However, there are times when they make a lot of sense.
An app like Life360 does a great job of providing a service for parents who want to make sure their children are safe. It lets you create a family Circle where you can add grandparents and friends alike. But what are the Life360 events feature and why does it matter?
When children are little, parents always know exactly where they are. It’s the most important thing. Once they get older, they become increasingly difficult to track. But still, it’s important. Teenagers are known to sometimes be less than forthcoming about their whereabouts, though.
This can be difficult for the parents, especially when the children are old enough to drive. Getting your driver’s license is a great milestone for a young person, but what if the parents are just not ready yet? Life360 can help with a feature called Driving.
All Life360 Circle members can access this feature which gives you incredibly detailed info on how your kids, or anyone else you might be checking up on, are behaving in traffic. You can see exactly which routes they’re using and the average and top speed of their driving. You’ll also be privy to instances of dangerous driving.
Knowing that your loved one is in a car, on the move, can cause some restlessness and discomfort. No one can ever be too safe. As mentioned above, Life360 has a feature that can update you about dangerous events that take place while driving. But what does this entail exactly?
An unsafe driving event can mean that your family member is texting while driving, or that they’ve picked up the phone while the car is in motion. It can also represent sudden acceleration or unexpected braking. All of these things can either be a potentially dangerous factor while driving or can signify an unexpected event on the road.
Detecting Driving Feature
If you want to have the Driving feature alert you about such events, then a family member in the Circle has to turn on their “Drive Detection” in the Life360 app. Here’s how you do it:
- Go to the menu and then select “Settings”.
- Select “Drive Detection”.
- Toggle from Off to On.
Now, if you want to check on how the drive went, all you need to do is go to the member’s profile and select “Drive”. There you’ll be presented with Drive Details. You’ll be able to see the starting and ending point of the drive, speed, and the number of events that took place during the drive.
In case you’re busy and forget to check how the drive went, you can always set the alert notifications. That way you’ll instantly know if everything went well and if there were any dangerous events. Follow these steps to turn on alerts:
- Go to Menu and select “Driving”.
- Turn on the button of the member you want to receive Driving Alerts for.
It’s a simple and quick setup in order to rest easy and know a Circle member has safely arrived at their destination. You should be aware that turning on a driving detection feature means that your battery usage will increase. So, make sure that you have a portable charger near or dim the screen.
Deleting Driving Events
One of the common questions about driving events in Life360 is if and how they can be deleted. For now, there’s no way to delete or remove your Life360 history, including driving events. Your only option is to delete the entire Life360 account. If you choose to proceed, you should know that you can’t undo it. All you have to do is go to Settings>Account>Delete Account.
And if the app is frequently losing connection or crashing, just make sure that you have the latest version of the app. You can go to the Play Store and App Store to check. If that doesn’t do the trick, it’s probably best to uninstall and reinstall the app.
No Events Wanted While Driving
In the Life360 context, events are a bad thing. You don’t want any other number than zero reported. Sometimes you can’t control it, of course, and sudden braking just means that someone else did the same thing in front of you. But speeding and texting while driving are causes for concern. But when you know that these things get reported by Life360, you’re inclined to behave.
Have you ever used Life360 while driving? Did you have any events and how quickly was it reported? Let us know in the comments section below.