Summer is for being carefree but not careless on the road. Thanks to Hum by Verizon for sponsoring this post. Our family is looking forward to #100SaferDays this summer using Hum – a connected car technology. #HumPartner
Summer is the season of sandy toes, extra snacks and lenient bedtimes. Most of us relax a bit in our work, our parenting and our general sense of structure. Yesterday was a testament to summer living for our family. A family sushi date on a weeknight? Ice cream after? A leisurely dip in the pool before bed? Why not!
Summer is all about living life to the fullest and breaking away from the rules that the school year forces us to enforce. As parents we want to be carefree, but not careless. Everyone has something they’re more protective about. For some of our friends, it’s sleepovers or sugar. For me, it’s car safety.
Yes. Hi, my name is Jillian and I’m an extended rear facing (Blake is almost 4), extended booster- using mother of two. I have more fear connected to driving than to flying because statistics support that fear. And even though I’m a defensive driver, I certainly don’t fall under the illusion that I’m a perfect driver. Which is why I am happy to have Hum by Verizon join us this summer on all of our journeys both big and small.
Summer usually means better weather on the road, but that doesn’t always translate to a safer trip. In fact, a recent survey of 1,000 U.S. adult drivers (ages 20 and older) from Hum by Verizon and Wakefield Research showed that 80% of drivers think people are more likely to speed during the summer. The same survey showed that more than half of parents struggle with focus when driving. Hand raised there! It is a seven-minute drive to camp each morning. And yet, majority of the time I am breaking up arguments over things like “she’s making a mean face at me!”
Hum by Verizon is a device you plug into your car’s OBD-II port reader and has multiple functions. It gives you access to your car’s diagnostics to know how things are under the hood, with far more detail than a check engine light will reveal.
Hum also offers on-call emergency assistance, maintenance reminders, a mechanics hotline, vehicle location and stolen vehicle assistance. It takes the guesswork out of driving with connected car technology, so you can focus on getting where you need to be. It’s also compatible with 150 million passenger vehicles, 1996 and newer.
HumX, like we have, offers a wi-fi hotspot, which is great for long road trips with kids or getting a little work done on the road if you’re a passenger. If you’re already a Verizon Wireless customer, then HumX’s NumberShare feature allows you to make and take calls from three of your most important numbers even if you forget your phone at home. Which I do at least every other week.
Perhaps some of the most important features in my mind are the ones that don’t just come to our rescue when we need them, rather they keep us informed about how we’re driving or how our children are driving. Hum allows you to set up boundary alerts and speed alerts for your vehicle which is great for monitoring new drivers and especially teens testing literal and figurative boundaries.
But what about us? The veteran drivers. The ones who are now raising a generation of soon-to-be drivers. We are setting the example for them. However, odds are we have an inflated sense of how well we are driving. Think about the people you see on the road each day. How many times do you think to yourself my goodness, this person is an awful driver? How many times do you say GEEZ as someone near you weaves, speeds by or cuts into your lane at the last second? Probably quite a few.
That same survey I referenced earlier showed that 90% of drivers rate themselves as an A-B on a scale of A-F. This means there is a societal disconnect between how safely we are actually driving and how safely we think we are driving. Hum gives us a reality check by allowing us to hold ourselves accountable. I was able to enable optional safety scoring which monitors speed, how quickly I’m taking turns and how much time I’m spending using my phone even if it is hands-free. I’ll be keeping tabs over the next month or so and reporting back with my own reality check.
We all want the most out of summer with the people who matter the most in our lives. More beach days, more dinners out (teddy bears welcome), more kisses, more visits with friends and more weekend getaways. But in the midst of doing more, let’s keep our families safer and set an example for our future drivers. Because before you know it…yep, they’ll be behind the wheel.
You can learn more about Hum by Verizon here.
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