Disclosure: This is a sponsored blog post and I was compensated by AT&T. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Okay, let’s get honest here. Have you ever been distracted while driving? You know what I mean. Have you used your smartphone while driving? Ugh. Me. I have been guilty of this. But, the more I learn about the dangers, see the tragic stories, and look in my rear view mirror, the more I am determined to stop doing it.
It Can Wait
When I take a glance in the mirror and see three little girls in the back seat relying on me to keep them safe, everything changes for me. It’s similar to learning to slow down while on the road. I am carrying some pretty precious cargo and it’s important to me that I get them from point A to point B safe and in one piece. Fortunately, our small town implemented a hands-free law that really helped me make that final lifestyle change. This includes picking up your phone at traffic lights. Well, I am not one to break the law — especially one as important as this one — and it helped me break the bad habit even quicker.
Believe me, as someone who lives on social media, I understand how much we want to stay connected in today’s world. It’s sad that apps even have to put reminders within their interface to remind us not to drive and text. But, the reality is, this is our modern way of life. The struggle is real for many of us, but can easily be handled when we put our mind to it. Our life, our passengers lives, and the lives of every other driver on the road is depending on us to quit smartphone distracted driving.
AT&T’s It Can Wait Campaign is in its 6th year and is trying to reach 16 million pledges by the end of 2016! Since it launched, the campaign has inspired more than 5 million downloads of the free AT&T DriveMode® app (on both Apple and Google Play), now available in Spanish and open to all carriers. Additionally, it has helped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving to more than 90% of audiences surveyed. Most importantly, almost half of people who pledged said they still don’t use their smartphones while driving. Let’s raise those numbers by taking the AT&T It Can Wait 21-Day Challenge.
Why 21 days? Experts agree that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Based on this, AT&T wants to encourage everyone struggling with the habit of distracted driving to put their phones away for 21 days. Whatever that means for you — putting your phone in the trunk, downloading the AT&T DriveMode® app, or simply turning off your phone — just find a solution. 21 days. In fact, I believe in it so much that I am taking the pledge myself. I would love to have you join me.