February 24, 2016

Tow Truck Driver to the Presidents

This guy is awesome.

This guy is awesome.  

After serving on the advance clearing crew for every president since Bush I, NYPD tow truck driver Clarence Baugh finally got to meet one of them, shaking hands with President Obama this week.

Baugh leads a life a little different than our Urgent.ly drivers, who are focused on folks with urgent roadside assistance needs. Instead, for nearly 29 years he has cleared the roads of double-parkers, scofflaws and other rule-shirkers in order for the rest of us to get from point A to B.

And that life can win you a few arrows in backside - turns out people don’t like being towed unless they’re requested help. huh.

Despite all that, Mr. Baugh seems to have one of the best attitudes as a shield. Quoted by The Daily Beast Baugh said, “Be polite, be respectful … Even though you’re going to have people who are rude to you, always stay polite, stay respectful.”

Words to live by.

We salute Baugh, and the job he clearly loves. But hey: if you’re looking to make a switch, Mr. Baugh, and drive for Urgent.ly … let us know!!

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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