One of the first things I learned after becoming a parent is that money is harder to save and gift cards are the greatest gift you can give me.
I love gift cards because the less money I have to spend on incidentals like diapers, wipes, and food is more money I can save for the inevitable sick visit to the doctor or any of the other unforeseen expenses that comes with having a child.
What if I told you that there was a way that you could win some of these coveted gift cards to places like Target, Amazon, or Starbucks, for simply driving distraction free?
I recently downloaded Mojo, a smartphone app which tracks your distraction-free driving and awards you with a driver score (1 being very distracted – 100 being completely free of distraction). Rack up 300 minutes of distraction-free driving and you get a chance to win a $5 gift card.
Use my code to get a free chance to win: 7ossm
Now, I know a $5 gift card doesn’t sound like much, but it’s basically free money that you can use toward your child or something you’ve had your eye on for awhile.
There haven’t been many reviews of this app on the Google Play store, but from what has been said, the biggest complaint is that the app doesn’t record an accurate distance of what you’ve driven.
From my experience with the app so far, I haven’t seen this to be an issue. The developers say you don’t need to have the app open when you drive, but I always open it before I turn the car on and the results have been extremely accurate.
How does Mojo rate your driving?
I don’t know the specifics of their algorithm, but from what I can tell, the app will gig your driving in three categories:
Swipes & Taps (45/100 points)
“Swiping & typing are the riskiest behavior because it takes your eyes off the road. Avoid temptation by turning your phone off or keeping it out of reach.”
Handheld Calls (35/100 points)
“Handheld calls are risky because they take your hands off the wheel and your mind off the road. If it’s really urgent, pull over or call back later.”
Hands Free Calls (20/100 points)
“Studies show that even hands free calls are dangerous because they take your mind off your primary activity: driving. Try making calls before you leave or wait until you stop.”
What if I use my phone for GPS?
This was one of my concerns when I first downloaded the app, but from what I can tell using your GPS or other data-consuming app like Pandora or iheart Radio, won’t reflect negatively on your score.
If you want to download this app, it’s available on iOS and Android, you can use my promo code – 7ossm – to get a free chance to win a gift card. Good luck and safe driving!