When my children were small, they believed that I had superpowers. I could hear them when they whispered in their room or in the car, see them when my back was turned. I was SuperMom, Knower of All Things. Now that we’re all older and my kids are more independent, I need to use technology to boost my superpowers and stay connected to them. I recently got Rogers Smart Drive, which really helped my super mom abilities and put some of the road safety fears that all moms face to rest.
Here are some easy ways to stay connected on the road with your family that can increase fun, safety and your peace of mind.
Use a Wifi Hotspot in the Car
We love roadtrips. It’s great to go off grid, listen to podcasts or audiobooks, and take in the scenery while counting license plates. But it is also really nice to reconnect with the world. Whether it’s to keep Snap Streaks alive or to post photos of giant trucks and pucks. Plus, the ability to look up and find last minute hotel bookings when camping in 40 degree heat in Nevada proves unbearable, is a total lifesaver.
With Rogers Smart Drive, we can connect up to 5 Wi-Fi-capable devices in the vehicle. While I don’t keep it on all the time (because, hello, punch-buggy!), it is seriously handy to be able to use it here and there when we really need it. With the app on your device, I can track things like my car’s location, the driving habits of my kids, and get a variety of vehicle diagnostic alerts to ensure my car is in good shape.
Using too much data may be a concern for families. I for one always stay on top of my data usage. With this is mind, I know I can completely unplug the device at any time from the OBD II port when we turn the car off. That way the device won’t transmit information to my phone and use data when it’s not needed.
Monitor Driving Behaviour
Having a connected car helps keep our family safe. Our kids are young drivers now. And yes, I’m an anxious mom about it. If the boys are speeding or using the vehicle in ways they shouldn’t, Smart Drive will let me know through my phone’s free SmartDrive App, because I’ve set custom speed alerts. After they’ve arrived safely home, we’ll have a little chat where I remind them about safe driving habits and following the rules of the road. Using technology to my advantage is the way I look at it. After all, my back-seat-driving would be so much worse.
Keep Tabs on Diagnostics and Activity
Does your car talk to you? Mine does! Smart Drive relays engine alerts and any disturbances to my vehicle via app notifications. It also lets me know where the car is, and pings me with real-time arrival notifications. Like it did last week when my husband was heading back from a business trip. I didn’t have to call him to find out when he’d be home – I already knew. I kind of like these new superpowers.
If you’d prefer to stay invisible, like Wonder Woman in her plane, don’t worry. You can turn notifications off in the Smart Drive App. And peace of mind won’t cost you an arm or a leg either. The Smart Drive device is $199, and the monthly service cost is just $10/month.
Whether you’re heading out across Canada or down the street to hockey practice, using Smart Drive technology is a great way to stay connected on the road.
Now it’s your turn to get connected and channel your superpowers! Comment on one way you think the Rogers Smart Drive will increase your SuperMom/Dad abilities.
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Disclosure: This sponsored post is brought to you by Rogers Communications. As always, my opinions about supermom powers and technology are my own.