February 24, 2016

Roadside Trouble? Safety First

Being a roadside assistiance professional requires very particular skills and (literally) street smarts. But that’s not all – they also need a measure of empathy, when a customer is fretting, trapped in busy traffic. Those characteristics are all fairly obvious. What you might not consider is their need for a good deal of bravery as well.

Being a roadside assistiance professional requires very particular skills and (literally) street smarts. But that’s not all – they also need a measure of empathy, when a customer is fretting, trapped in busy traffic. Those characteristics are all fairly obvious. What you might not consider is their need for a good deal of bravery as well.

This week in the DC area a couple engaged to be married were attempting to change a flat tire after dark on a typically busy stretch of road when they were struck by a driver; the man was killed and his fiancee injured (story here).

This sad event is one that’s repeated regularly on highways across the country – motorists who feel like they can address car problems while staying out of harm’s way, sometimes not considering the fact that other drivers aren’t always paying 100% attention to the road.

Essentially this occurance is also preventable. Part of the skill and street smarts of towing professionals is knowing how to handle dangerous roadside situations… our servicer partners face these dangers every day in fact.

It’s always best to play it safe when you’re dealing with car trouble on any kind of road. Stay in your car unless you can safely get clear, then request help from a professional.

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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