DRIVERS ARE no strangers to using navigation apps, typing their destination into their phone in order to be told the quickest route. However, park your car and continue the rest of your journey on foot and the likes of Google Maps and CityMapper cannot tell you how likely you are to be cat-called if you turn left, rather than right.

A new app, Safe & The City, uses crime data from the Metropolitan Police and incident reports from users to show not only the fastest routes but the safest streets.

It is only available in London at present but has plans to expand across the UK and internationally.

Jillian Kowalchuk, the app’s founder, said that she had the idea after her smartphone sent her down “a dark, narrow, empty alley”.

She said: “Two male kitchen staff on a break said vulgar acts they wanted to do to my body. I ignored them, put on a brave face, but felt scared knowing I was walking where I couldn’t easily escape or seek help. Their threats turned out to be empty but I started thinking about younger or more vulnerable persons walking there.”

The app monitors users via GPS, making their phone vibrate when nearing intersections where crime or sexual harassment is more likely to happen. Users can call 999 directly from the app.

For more on this story, please click here.

Getting You On ‘The Right Road’

Whatever your level of driving experience Surrey Driving Force can offer driving lessons in Surrey to suit you. From driving tests to refresher courses, our friendly and experienced instructors will help you to achieve your goal quickly and affordably.

  • Competitive rates
  • Friendly, patient and fully qualified Driving Instructors
  • Test success in as few lessons as possible
  • Convenient pick-ups from home, work or school
  • New, air-conditioned, dual control cars
  • Reduced driving lesson prices when you block book
  • Driving lessons seven days a week

As Well As Surrey Driving Lessons We Offer:

Don’t Forget!

Theory Test Pro – FREE!

Surrey Driving Force students have full access to premium content via Theory Test Pro whilst learning with us. This is a great resource and really helps our students pass their theory test first time. It’s also available as a free app to download on iPhone or Android, where again you can access the premium content.

Theory Test Pro

> Find Out More

Currently Browsing: Can This New App Help To Identify Safe Roads?