February 24, 2016

5 Tips to Assure a Successful Holiday Road Trip

So many things can go wrong … and that’s on a nice-weather day. Toss in snow, sleet, slush and “mush” might be the command you’re giving to make headway toward grandma’s house for Thanksgiving.

So many things can go wrong … and that’s on a nice-weather day. Toss in snow, sleet, slush and “mush” might be the command you’re giving to make headway toward grandma’s house for Thanksgiving.

We can’t conquer nature, poor road quality, bad drivers, or forgetfulness under holiday pressures (“Wait, did you lock the keys in the car?”). We’re only, ya know, human.

So what to do? Idea: Make a little checklist before getting behind the wheel. Don’t have time? No problem, our friends at In The Capital have done it for you.

For starters, make certain you’ve got an inflated, working (not warped; not on hidden the side of the garage) spare tire.

Having a spare, in the event of a flat tire (millions will get them this holiday season), is the difference between getting back on the road in an hour and jamming the family in with one of our friendly drivers as they tow your car to the shop (yep, Urgent.ly will be on duty over the holidays, and ready to help).

While riding in a big rig is a lot of fun, that glee won’t be shared by grandma – well maybe a little bit, as you’ll be showing up in time to do the dishes. So go ahead and make sure the spare’s a spare for real.

And since nobody can be too prepared, make sure you download the Urgent.ly iPhone app and plan ahead, or get immediate help here.

For other tips, take a look over here.

Many individuals and local authorities have already jumped on the opportunity to remind users to drive safely. There are even signs popping up on highways to encourage safer driving.

Luckily, there are tools out there to help the tech-obsessed (or the poke-obsessed) improve their driving. One of our favorites is an app called TrueMotion Family! The app analyzes your driving in order to provide you with a score - and insights as to how you drive. It's perfect for parents who want to monitor their teen drivers. The app gives parents the power to see where their kids drive, and produces a 'report card' on their driving in addition to an assessment of whether they were driving distracted (using their cell phone). Plus, families have access to roadside assistance on-demand from right within the TrueMotion app.

I don’t remember Ash, Misty, or Brock driving cars in their quest to be the very best, like no one ever was. And there aren’t vehicles any in PokemonGO. At Urgent.ly, we love the game and just like you, we’re prepared to travel across the land searching far and wide to catch 'em all, but we encourage you to put safety first in your travels! Remember that the power of Pokemon is awesome in augmented reality but automobiles are a powerful tool meant for use in the real world and require optimum focus to operate safely. In a world we must defend, you can start by driving safely, and catch and train ‘em all when you’re not operating a vehicle.

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