How to Stay Connected on the Road and Feel Like SuperMom

Channel your parental superpowers. Stay connected on the road with your family with Rogers Smart Drive device, and increase fun, safety and peace of mind.

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.

Channel your parental superpowers. Stay connected on the road with your family with Rogers Smart Drive device, and increase fun, safety and 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.

Channel your parental superpowers. Stay connected on the road with your family with Rogers Smart Drive device, and increase fun, safety and peace of mind.

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.

Channel your parental superpowers. Stay connected on the road with your family with Rogers Smart Drive device, and increase fun, safety and peace of mind.

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.

Giveaway

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.

Fine Print: Contest closes on Thursday, November 30th at 12 PM. This giveaway is open to Canadians living in all provinces except Quebec. Winner will be chosen at random by Random.org. Winner will be contacted via email and must answer a skill-testing question. Prize fulfillment will be the responsibility of Rogers Communications. 

Disclosure: This sponsored post is brought to you by Rogers Communications. As always, my opinions about supermom powers and technology are my own.

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21 Comments

  • Sounds like a no brainer. What a fantastic product.

  • Dan Martin says:

    I’ll be able to keep the kids occupied with WiFi for Thier Devices on long drives

  • Amy Heffernan says:

    One way it would enhance my super mom abilities is I could monitor my sons driving behavior! OMG this would be a HUGE piece of mind with a new driver!! Thanks!
    Email–> amyjaneheffernan@gmail.com

  • Kimberly says:

    I’m so worried about when my girls start driving! I definitely want them to stay safe!!

  • Jennifer says:

    I worry about my sisters driving. ..she needs to stay safe. ..

  • Jody Robbins says:

    I think my husband would love this more than I would. I tend to have a heavy foot and in one week I got five speeding tickets! (I was only going 50 in a 40 km zone and the rest of that area is 50 km, so come on!) Anyway, this would be great for our family, but I’m partial to the wifi capabilities.

    • Claudia says:

      Having up to five devices connected to the WiFi hotspot in the car is quite incredibly handy, I must say.

  • Robin Hutson says:

    This is the kind of thing you hope you don’t ever really hope to use, but then there will be that one time that you will be so psyched you had that information and functionality.

    • Claudia says:

      I’ve gotten quite used to notifications that my hubby is on his way home after work! It’s very practical in so many respects.

  • This would be fantastic to help keep us connected on our road trips. Tomorrow we leave for three weeks in Nevada, so much to post from Death Valley and Hoiver Dam!

  • Kevin Creery says:

    It will make drives from Whistler to Vancouver for hockey that much smoother!!

  • Angela V says:

    The WiFi on the road would be amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jonnie says:

    My oldest is learning to drive so this would be perfect for making sure he is being as safe when he finally gets to drive alone as he is when he’s driving with me and his father. This would really help give me peace of mind.

  • Piroska says:

    I like being able to connect up to 5 devices on WiFi. That way, the kids can be busy and I don’t get the “When are we going to get there” convos. Bypass my headache.

  • Ash C. says:

    The Safety features most interest me: alerts to mind the speed, diagnostic readings to ensure the car is operating efficiently. It would be great if these diagnostics could tell me when service is really due, rather than being upsold at the dealership every time I go in.

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