February 24, 2016

Forgot Your Ounce of (Pothole) Prevention? You Can Count On Urgent.ly

At Urgent.ly we’re currently all about fixing the results of problems and less about preventing them. You hit a pothole, flatten your tire, we’re there in minutes to make it right. Left your lights on? We’re standing by with a jump. In fact we’re building a mesh network of service providers ready to get you out of all kind of jams – in minutes.

At Urgent.ly we’re currently all about fixing the results of problems and less about preventing them. You hit a pothole, flatten your tire, we’re there in minutes to make it right. Left your lights on? We’re standing by with a jump. In fact we’re building a mesh network of service providers ready to get you out of all kind of jams – in minutes.

But what about a little prevention, or at least avoidance?

Lots of cities have put together programs to crowdsource reports of potholes and other road conditions so drivers can know where to tread lightly. 

Examples include Boston’s StreetBump, New York’s Pot Hole Reporte, or the national Pothole Alert 311 and Public Stuff. These will not only let you vent about local road conditions, but also see what’s in store for your commute.

There’s also the compendium of nationwide road conditions maintained by NOAA over here – that’ll get you insight on just about anyplace you might be traveling. 

So be sure and check these and other similar online solutions for avoidance, but keep Urgent.ly close in case you miss the prevention part and need to jump right to the fixing ;-/

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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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