Road Trip Travel Tips with Your Smartphone
Enjoy peace of mind traveling with Verizon Roadside Assistance, VZ Navigator and Delphi Connect.
What kind of travel are you planning this summer? Maybe a quick jaunt to the beach this summer? How about the road trip of a lifetime? Whatever it is, safety should take priority. And your smartphone can help, especially when you use these road-trip travel tips.
Before you go
Have your mechanic check your vehicle thoroughly before you set out. Get a good night’s sleep before hitting the road at the crack of dawn. Make sure to pack for any likely emergency—and don’t forget to include your smartphone. You already know that you can use your smartphone to make hotel reservations or to take photos of stunning scenery (or the kids in front of the world’s largest ball of twine). But did you know that you can add apps and services to help make your trip easier and safer?
Nothing dampens vacation fun like a flat tire or running out of gas. Add Verizon Roadside Assistance to your mobile plan, and these inconveniences will be just something to laugh about later. A call to the Verizon Roadside Assistance number (#ROAD from your mobile phone) gets you whatever you need to get back on the road, whether it’s boosting your battery, bringing you gas, changing a flat or pulling your car out of a muddy rut. Need a locksmith? A tow? Those are also covered. This service is tied to your phone, by the way, not to a specific vehicle or person. So if you’re camping with Uncle Charley and he offers to drive to town in his car to pick up supplies, hand him your phone. If he has a flat or other problem, he can call and receive assistance too.
Turn your smartphone into your own GPS with VZ Navigator from Verizon. The feature-packed app provides spoken turn-by-turn navigation in a more natural language that even alerts you to what lane you should be in to make that turn at the next light. You’ll also get real-time traffic alerts with the ability to select a detour if there’s trouble up ahead, 3D city views, local weather, gas-price comparisons and more. With VZ Navigator, you can bookmark your favorite places, such as that special bed and breakfast, on your start screen. Then select your destination and the route that avoids the most traffic before you leave your driveway (you can even speak it, using voice recognition) and let your phone guide you there, unerringly.
For real peace of mind about your car’s mechanical performance—on vacation or at home—there’s Delphi Connect. This groundbreaking technology lets you track, locate, access, secure and monitor your car over the Verizon network with your smartphone. If your teenage driver borrows your car, you can track the car’s whereabouts in real time. Or set up “geo-fences” and receive alerts when the car enters or exits designated areas. In the unfortunate event of a stolen vehicle, you can track the missing car’s movements and share the information with police to help them recover it. Along with monitoring the general health of your car, Vehicle Diagnostics can provide a summary of all trips made in it, including dates, times, distance, and starting and ending points. Check the compatibility of your vehicle. With these apps and services backing you up, you’ve got all the road-trip travel help you’ll need.