Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Avoid a Valentine’s Day tragedy: Apps that can help you get home

Ah, Valentine’s Day. For some, this is a day of celebration with your significant other. For others, it is a reminder that tomorrow discounted chocolate and candy will be readily available. 

If you have special plans this evening that could include alcohol, or if you simply need a quick getaway from that awkward date, keep in mind that the U.S. Department of Transportation has designed apps that can help you keep this day from ending in heartbreak. Here are a few options that you can check out:

This app is brought to you by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and it provides a simple way to get home safely. It has three easy-to-use buttons on the home screen. Features of this app include:

Get Taxi: Taxi service information for  your area with the ability to press a button to call for a ride home.

Call Friend:  You can pre-program contact information for a friend who has identified themselves as a reliable source of transportation, and the app gives you the option to call them if you need a ride.

Where Am I?:  Are you lost and need to figure out where you are? This button provides a map to help you.

You can download that app here: 


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has created an app based on hits “Look before you book,” program. Since  not every bus company is safe and up-to-date on the federal safety regulations, and others simply operate illegally, it is always best to book your next bus ride with careful research.
This app allows you to do the following:

Check to see if the bus company is allowed to operate.
Review the bus’s safety performance.File complaints.

You can download the app here:

For a full list of other helpful transportation mobile apps, click here.

Don’t forget to have a conversation about traffic safety with your sweethearts! 

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