These days, it seems that everyone’s face is in their phone. Be it at the dinner table, work desk, the gym or the car, we all are guilty of living distracted by our electronic devices despite knowing that it is dangerous. Hands down, THE most dangerous of the bunch is distracted driving and that’s why I’m so glad to be partnering with Megabus.com this month to promote Distracted Driving Month!
Ok, so how do we avoid distracted driving since we all need to get around, right? Well, one way is putting your phone away while driving but for many, that’s difficult. But what if I told you you could get around, save time, patience, be green and avoid driving distracted all at the same time? It exists with Megabus.com!
Megabus.com is the first, affordable, express bus service to offer city center-to-city center travel for as low as $1. Megabus.com operates service to/from more than 120 major cities in North America from 23 hubs in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Gainesville, Los Angeles, Memphis, Mobile, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, San Francisco, St. Louis, Texas Triangle (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio), Washington, D.C. and Toronto. By offering a safer alternative to traveling, megabus.com is a great solution for college students coming home, traveling for a sporting event, a quick weekend getaway and more.
Megabus.com maintains the highest satisfactory safety compliance rating with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Additionally, megabus.com is the leader when it comes to safety among double decker buses. In the last 10 years, the company has:
1. Invested $1.5M in a central support system which monitors all the buses activities in real time supported by a staff 24-7. With a SmartTire alert system, speeding alerts, real time and GPS tracking. The GPS tracking system allows megabus.com to identify any low bridges and automatically lowers the suspension when going through planned routes with low clearance, like the Lincoln Tunnel.
2. Put seatbelts in all buses in 2007, which is not currently a federal requirement.
3. Instituted a policy requiring two drivers onboard between 12 and 5 a.m. and drivers are required to take nine hours off in between shifts instead of the required eight hours.
4. megabus.com utilizes GreenRoad Eco-Driving Technology: GreenRoad gives drivers the information, tools and motivation they need to drive safer. The system detects risky maneuvers and warns drivers so they can self-correct in real-time. GreenRoad analyzes more than 150 maneuvers, across 5 categories – acceleration, braking, lane changing, cornering, and speeding. At the management level, powerful analytic tools let megabus.com identify potentially hazardous areas and problematic trends before they lead to serious incidents.
Megabus.com has been known for supporting great causes – in January donating $1 for every ticket sold on January 19 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This time, Megabus.com wants to help combat distracted driving by offering a safer and practical mode of transportation, and we need your help spreading the word.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of megabus.com. The opinions and text are all mine.