Do you drive while distracted? Learn why no texting while driving is important and 4 effective tips to help you drive safely. Disclosure: This is a sponsored blog post and I was compensated by AT&T. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Except far too many of us have been on that side as well. I admit, I’ve held my phone when I should’ve been focusing on the road. I’ve checked my email because I was bored waiting at a red light. And yet I’m quick to call another driver out for not paying attention doing the same thing.
Worse, the results can be devastating. One missed second can mean rear-ending the car in front of you. When you compare one text, one email, to thousands of dollars of damage to property or even people’s lives.
That’s why I knew I was the perfect candidate to take part in the AT&T It Can Wait 21-Day Challenge. I never want to find myself in that predicament where I could’ve avoided catastrophe if I had only put my phone down.
No texting while driving: My top 4 tips
A few weeks ago, I pledged not to text and drive for 21 days, and I’m so glad I did. I wasn’t a chronic phone user in the car, but I didn’t want even that one rare time I did to be the cause of an accident I could’ve avoided.
I’ll be honest: It wasn’t always easy. I rely on my phone for directions or to listen to podcasts and was often tempted to reach for my phone even if just to select a new podcast episode. I also felt compelled to have my phone nearby, just in case I’d need it (for what, I don’t even know). And of course, there was that red light boredom.
But I remembered the pledge, and my three biggest reasons for taking it: my three boys. I see them happy and healthy and don’t want my carelessness to affect them in any type of accident. I pledged not to text while driving for them.
Now the habit is ingrained, and one I hope to continue even with my challenge completed. If you’d like to pledge not to text while driving, follow these three tips which helped me the most.
#1: Keep your phone in the back seat
If you don’t trust willpower to get you through the pledge, keep your phone way out of reach. For me, this is in the back seat, tucked deep inside my purse. There’s no way I can reach for my phone while I’m driving, which helps when I’m tempted to grab it.
#2: Get your phone ready before you drive off
Do you use your phone for directions, music or podcasts? It can be tempting to fiddle with it as you enter an address or switch songs. Instead, get everything ready before you drive off. Find the address on your map app or set a playlist ahead of time. That way, you can focus on the road while driving.
#3: Download the AT&T DriveMode App
AT&T created a free DriveMode App to minimize distractions while driving. Your phone will send automatic responses to incoming text messages, explaining that you’re driving at the moment. Plus, you’ll still have one-touch access to key contacts, music and navigation apps.
#4: Think of your kids
Your biggest reason may be mine: our kids. Pledge not to text and drive if only to keep your kids safe. Set a good example about good driving, and honor the little folks who rely on our good judgment to stay safe in the car.
Take the pledge
Eating well, exercising, saving money—we know we should be doing these, but we don’t always follow through. The same is true with texting and driving. Sometimes it takes a challenge or a pledge to reach our goals.
Take the AT&T It Can Wait 21-day pledge to keep you, your family and all of us safe on the road. And keep me posted on social media by tagging #ItCanWait.