The phone call, the text, the snap: It Can Wait. Selfie taking and video calling can wait as well. Distracted driving is never OK. Never. How many accidents/fatalities do we have to read about before it becomes clear to everyone that It Can Wait?
AT&T’s “It Can Wait” initiative just reached 20 million pledges to not drive distracted. Please support this campaign!
Are you guilty of driving distracted? I once answered a text on my smartphone when I was in my car. I was stopped at a light, but lights change from red to green. Then what? It was my mom texting, and she was watching my son. No matter how important it was, it was not important enough to risk a car accident. Luckily, I got a ticket from a policeman watching me, so I learned my lesson before anyone got hurt, and vowed never to do it again. That was the tipping point for me.
See me texting above, in a parked, stopped car? This is also not a good idea, when the person you are texting answers, you may have started driving and then you have left yourself open to the temptation of checking the text. Fight distracted driving by not initiating communication when you get in the car!
Now that AT&T has reached the 20 million pledge milestone they are going to donate $20,000 to Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), a safety-focused partner organization. To celebrate reaching 20 million pledges, they are asking you, my readers, and everyone else, to share what “It Can Wait” means to you and why the campaign is important. Instructions are below for you to take the pledge as well.
This campaign is more important then ever. Look how accessible my phone is when I am driving. The car companies now have USB ports to make smartphone charging easier than ever! If you are charging your smartphone in the car, you may be tempted to respond to a text if your notifications are on. Don’t do it! If communication is that important, pull off of the road before responding! How about we circumvent this temptation by making sure our smartphones are charged before we leave the house. Then, do not take your phone out of your pocket or bag when you get in the car, because whatever it is, IT CAN WAIT! Distracted driving is never O.K.
Are you a distracted driver? Do you know someone else? AT&T is trying to build awareness around distracted driving so that we can prevent it, and therefore have safer roadways. Click below to take the pledge!
When you are in the car, the AT&T DriveMode App is a way for you to join in the AT&T It Can Wait movement – minimizing distractions while driving to help keep eyes on the road. The AT&T DriveMode App helps people to curb the urge to text and drive, and is available on Apple § Google Play:
• AT&T DriveMode is a free app available to customers of all wireless carriers for iPhone and Android users.
• It is available in Spanish.
• It can silence incoming alerts and phone calls so you stay focused while driving, it helps to have this temptation taken away!
• Its auto mode feature automatically turns on the app when you reach 15 MPH and turns it off after you stop.
• AT&T DriveMode can help keep young drivers safe by sending a message to a parent if the app is turned off. ( I cannot wait to use this once my teenager starts to drive.)
• The campaign has resulted in more than 14 million downloads of the app, so far! Download it today
HOW YOU CAN HELP RIGHT NOW!
- Take the pledge!
- Leave me a comment on how you will start to fight the urge to drive while distracted.
- Why do you think this campaign is important? Take a photo or video with your thoughts and tweet using #ItCanWait.
- Send a tweet! Tell us you took the pledge!
Lastly, listen to my story about when we were confronted with a texting driver:
Disclosure: “This is a sponsored blog post and I was compensated by AT&T. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”
As an extra reminder, my spouse sent me a message that my car read to me out loud: