The city of San Antonio and USAA are partnering to bring you the city’s first-ever Safest Driver Contest and you could get $10,000 if you win.
All participants have to do is download an app and drive safely. The app works in the background of your mobile device as you drive along San Antonio streets and highways. It measures speed, acceleration, braking cornering, and phone distraction. The safer you drive, the higher you score. The better your score, the better your chances are of winning the grand cash prize. Cash rewards of $500 will be given every two weeks and the grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded at the very end of the contest. Just by downloading the app, you are eligible for randomly drawn $150 prizes every two weeks and a grand prize of $2,000.
In addition to the bi-weekly prizes, USAA will also award the Least Distracted Driver, Safest Military Driver, and Overall Safest Driver with $10,000 to each of the category winners.
The contest begins on Monday, June 22 and runs through Sept. 3. It is open to residents who are 18 years or older and who drive in Bexar, Comal, Kendall, and Guadalupe counties. Those vying for the $10,000 must be active in the competition from the beginning until the last day of the contest.
“This contest is an excellent example of addressing a serious problem in a fun way,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “While I’m not eligible to win prizes, I’m looking forward to challenging my friends and colleagues on City Council to see who the safest driver is among us.”
The contest app was developed in partnership with San Antonio’s Vision Zero initiative and Cambridge Mobile Telematics of Boston, Massachusetts. San Antonio-based USAA is the contest sponsor. A similar contest was recently held in Boston and Seattle, were Boston saw improvements in distracted driving (47%), harsh breaking (37%), and speeding (35%). Seattle saw similar results.