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Receiving rewards for subscribing to a service, completing a survey, or simply doing a few small things a day is something that nearly everyone enjoys to some degree. Whether it’s getting that free cup of coffee from your Starbucks app or a free night’s stay at your favorite hotel chain, it’s easy to see why these little bonuses can be so appealing. So, what if there was an app available where you could get rewarded for driving without looking at your phone? Luckily, now you can.
We all know distracted driving is a deadly epidemic on many Texas roadways, with texting while driving being the main culprit for many offenses. Now, a new app called SAFE 2 SAVE is aiming to curb the desire to check your phone as you drive. The app works by having users receive rewards from various restaurants like Chick-fil-A, Salata, and Dairy Queen, for every minute the user drives more than 10 mph without touching his or her phone.
“The average person in Houston is going to drive 293 hours a year, which equals 35,000 points,” said SAFE 2 SAVE CEO, Marci Corry. “You can really get a lot of Chick-fil-A sandwiches.”
TxDOT reports one in five crashes in our state involves distracted driving, and Houston also ranked as one of the most distracted cities in the country for 2018.
If you do get the urge to pick up your phone while behind the wheel, the app will display a photo of a loved one with the text, “is it really worth it?” Corry has even found a way to create competitions between individuals or groups to see who can stack up on safe driving points. Co-workers, high school rivals, and community groups are all challenging each other to safer driving.
The app currently has over 100,000 users, but a recent partnership with Memorial Hermann Life Flight is likely to expand its reach across more Houstonians.
“We see fatalities due to distracted driving and that’s something that can be so easily fixed,” said Tom Flanagan, Vice President at Memorial Hermann Health System. He leads the Life Flight program and says the mission of the SAFE 2 SAVE app is a perfect match for the work of the Life Flight medical teams.
“Part of being a trauma center is looking at what you can do for prevention and education to the communities in which you serve,” said Flanagan. “If we can save one person from a fatal crash or crash that injures people, then we’ve met the goal, and our goal really is to save lots of lives.”
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