Toyota Ireland’s ‘FaceItDown’ Safer Driving App Hits 30 million KMs Driven Without Mobile Phone Interaction

To help promote safer driving habits in the lead up to Christmas, Toyota doubles FaceItDown incentive points for December 4th – 21st.

• FaceItDown app reaches a significant milestone of 30 million kilometres driven without mobile phone interaction
• Toyota offers double incentive points for December 4th – 21st
• Q-Park offers ‘€3 off’ parking voucher codes to first 500 people who download the app from today
• Toyota research finds that 59% have glanced at their phones while driving within the last 12 months
• 30 million kilometres is equal to 748 laps around the world

Toyota Ireland is delighted to announce that its innovative, lifesaving FaceItDown app has hit the monumental milestone of 30 million kilometres driven without mobile phone interaction.

As we get back on the roads in the run up to Christmas, Toyota is renewing its appeal to Irish motorists to place their phones faced down while driving. Toyota Ireland, a 100% Irish-owned company, is further incentivising safer driving by offering double points for all journeys logged on the app from today, 4th December to 21st December. Also, to attract the next wave of safety conscious drivers, from today, FaceItDown partner QPark is offering €3 off parking at all Q-Park lots to the first 500 new people who download and use the app.

How It Works

FaceItDown was developed by Toyota Ireland to help change Irish driver behaviour and address the endemic issue of people using mobile phones while driving. The innovative app, which is endorsed by the Road Safety Authority, incentivises motorists to place their phone face down when driving in order to eradicate mobile phone distractions and ensure safer roads for all.

For every kilometre driven with the app engaged and phones faced down, users can earn points which are redeemable against free hot beverages in Circle K, cheaper FBD car insurance and subsidised parking at Q-Park lots. The free app is available to all motorists, whether they drive a Toyota or not, from Apple Store or Google Play.

Startling Statistics

Recent nationwide research carried out by iReach on behalf of Toyota Ireland exposed the startling revelation that 59% of Irish motorists have looked at their phones while driving within the last 12 months, with 42% admitting they have done so within the last two months. The survey of 1,000 Irish drivers also revealed that over half of all adults (52%) check their phone in the car after hearing an alert, with 26% checking when stopped at traffic lights, 21% taking a quick glance while driving when they feel it’s safe to do so, and 5% checking immediately.

Commenting on the milestone, Steve Tormey, CEO of Toyota Ireland said, “Toyota’s FaceItDown initiative is a prime example of our brand promise ‘Built for a Better World’ in action, making a tangible difference to all Irish families. Toyota Ireland is very proud and encouraged to reach 30 million kilometres today and remains focused on making driving on Irish roads safer. This focus is for all drivers. As Irish motorists make important trips in the lead up to Christmas, we are appealing to all drivers to make the app part of their daily driving routine.”

Toyota’s brand ambassador Niall ‘Bressie’ Breslin commented: “I am delighted to continue working with Toyota on the FaceItDown app, which has gone from strength to strength since launching in 2017. The research statistics clearly show that people think it’s OK to use their phones when driving. We want to encourage every driver in Ireland to download the free app and use it on every journey they take as a simple, but fundamental action towards making our roads safer for all.”

For more information, visit www.FaceItDown.ie
Download the Toyota FaceItDown app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store for free.