These images were taken in a parked car for photographic purposes only.
I have to be honest with you guys, using my phone while driving has become an AWFUL habit of mine! My phone is such a distraction, and it’s not just texting anymore. I am always scrolling through my Instagram feed, watching a YouTube Video, or catching up with SnapChat–all while I am driving! I have had a few close calls too like hitting the curb or having to slam on my breaks at red lights..it’s really bad! Now, be honest with yourself: Are you distraction free while driving?
AT&T reached out to me to introduce the “It Can Wait Campaign”, which aims to raise awareness and help protect ourselves, our friends, and families from the dangers of distracted driving. Watch the touching ad campaign video for a better idea.
AT&T asked if I would take their 21 day challenge this month. January 4-24th I am promising not to use my phone while driving! The idea is that after 21 days, you will create new habits, so hopefully I will not be tempted to pick up my phone- even at a stoplight!
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.
AT&T has a new App called Drive Mode, available on the App Store and Google Play, which can help you keep your eyes on the road. It works by silencing incoming alerts, including iMessages. The app activates when speed reaches 15 MPH and deactivates when speed drops below 15 MPH for 2-3 minutes. So it knows when you’re driving–you don’t have to remember to activate it before you drive!
So, this is day one of distraction free driving for me, inshallah. I will let you girls know how how I am doing throughout the 21 days on my Instagram and Facebook! Join me if you can by taking the pledge and let’s try to break our bad habits together!
Distracted driving is never okay.#ItCanWait
FTC disclaimer: This post is sponsored by AT&T. All thoughts and opinions are my own!