National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 16-22, 2016.
One evening, I was driving my two little brothers home from practice. I can’t remember if I was SnapChatting or texting, but my phone distracted me. Before I knew it I was across the double yellow lines heading into oncoming traffic. Thankfully, I was able to swerve back in my lane before it was too late. It was at that moment I knew I had to do something. I began thinking, if someone was paying me, I surely would not use my phone. That’s the night I came up with JoyRyd, an app to prevent texting and driving.
Weeks later, my sister was texting and driving. She crashed into a tree and totaled the car. Again, our family had thankfully escaped tragedy, as she walked away from the crash with only a concussion. After that, I knew I had to take JoyRyde from an idea to reality.
JoyRyde is an app that rewards users for doing the right thing: not using their phone while driving. With each mile driven without using their phone, our users gain points that they can then redeem for free prizes, like coffees, burgers, and even vacations. Distracted driving kills an average of nine people a day. It is our mission to bring that number to zero.
What I love about JoyRyde is that it brings out the positives of driving safely and not the negatives of driving dangerously. We allow people to focus on the road and be mindful of their surroundings. It almost sounds too good to be true, but we reward you for LITERALLY DOING NOTHING!
We not only work with our users, but with companies that wish to give back to the their communities by way of distraction-free employees on the roads. Companies like Green Mountain Power and UVM Medical Center can now bridge the wellness gap between the house and the workplace. How about a free vacation day for driving phone free to the office? Umm….yes, please. These companies can provide their own custom rewards to their employees. They are helping provide the carrot for the betterment of the community and families around them.
You could look at JoyRyde and say, “Jeez what a cool app, but I don’t need it.” That may be fine, but next time you are in the car pay attention to see if you want to take a quick glance at the that phone that never leaves your sight, or send a little text, or take a quick snap, or make a quick post. Sometimes we need a little motivation to stay the course…and JoyRyde could be just that. Let’s keep our hands the wheel and our eyes on the prize!
Thanks for reading and happy “ryding.”
Terry Goguen is the founder and creator of JoyRyde. He is a graduate of Middlebury college, where he created JoyRyde during his junior year.