This week, I finished my 21 day challenge to not use my phone while driving! I’m not going to lie, it was difficult for me at first because it was a habit I needed to break, but now it is so much easier for me to leave my phone alone while on the road. Now, I stick my phone in the center console of my car so that I’m not tempted to use it and automatically switches into “Drive Mode” (the AT&T app available on the App Store and Google Play that silences incoming calls and texts while you drive).
I found that I am really only tempted to use my phone when I’m driving by myself, so I have found other, safer ways to busy myself while driving, like thikr! I really try to use the time that I am driving to clear my mind, thank God for the blessings He has given me, and ask for forgiveness. When Omar and I are riding together, the passenger (usually me) will handle the GPS, calls and texts so that the driver isn’t distracted. I grab the phone from him if I see him try to pick it up while he’s driving!
The “It Can Wait Campaign” aims to raise awareness and help protect ourselves, our friends, and families from the dangers of distracted driving. Checking your phone can wait, whatever it is isn’t worth your life! Please join me and take the pledge HERE to help reach their goal of 16 million pledges!
According to findings from new It Can Wait research:
- Almost half of people who took the pledge said they now don’t use their smartphones while driving. (Hopefully this will be true for me at the end of the month!)
- Those who share their promise or pledge with others are even more likely to stop, and more likely to speak up to others.
- Of those who shared their promise or pledge with others: 4-in-10 asked a friend or family member to not use their smartphone while driving.
Nearly one-third asked a driver to not use their smartphone while driving when riding as a passenger.
- Nearly 4-in-10 asked a passenger to operate their smartphone while they are driving.
Do you use your phone because you’re lonely? 64% of drivers use their smartphones when driving alone. Interestingly, the answer changes when we have company. Only 36% of drivers look at their smartphone screens with passengers in the car.1 If you’re driving with a child in the car, only 30% look at their screens.
Here are 3 tips to stay motivated to drive without distractions:
- Keep your mind busy: Some ways to safely keep yourself busy are making dua or thikr, or listening to the radio/podcast/audio book/something that doesn’t require you to handle your phone or switch stations. Keeping your mind busy will keep you from reaching for your phone!
- Keep your phone out of sight: Out of sight out of mind! I use to grab my phone just because it was there in my cup holder-not anymore!
- Think about your loved ones: How would you feel if you lost them to a car accident due to distracted driving? How would they feel if they lost you?
I really enjoyed taking part in this Campaign and inspiring others to drive without distractions! I hope that it helped you be more aware of your habits on the road in order to change them! #ItCanWait
FTC disclaimer: This post is sponsored by AT&T. All thoughts and opinions are my own!