Nikki took this photo of my kids and I last night and I can’t stop looking at it. Each of my kids are getting so big! Everytime I come home from work, it seems like they have grown a couple of inches. Sometimes I wonder if I’m doing all that I can to be a good mentor in their lives. I have to admit, I’m not always the best example to them, especially when it comes to being distracted by my phone while driving. This month I’m going to change that bad habit by joining AT&T in their 21-Day Challenge and pledge not to drive distracted.
Today is my first day of the challenge and I’m exited to announce that I did not pick up my phone once while driving today. Before AT&T asked me to participate in their It Can Wait 21-Day Challenge, I had never really noticed how often I used my phone while driving. As the days went bye before the challenge started, I was embarrassed to catch myself reaching for my phone almost EVERYTIME during driving. What is wrong with me! My commute to work is only 15 minutes but I still found myself reaching for my phone. Often times I would justify a quick text because I was on a long stretch of road and there appeared to be no oncoming cars. Other times I found myself using the voice activated assistant to send a text on my phone, but would catch myself being distracted as I looked down to correct words.
This campaign is simple, you make the pledge and for the next 21 days do all that you can to not reach for your phone while driving. AT&T has even provided a free Drive Mode app to help minimize your phone distractions.
According to AT&T:
In the 6 years since AT&T launched It Can Wait, the campaign has:
- Helped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving to more than 90% of audiences surveyed.
- Inspired more than 5 million downloads of the free AT&T DriveMode® app, now available in Spanish and open to all carriers.
- Worked with state departments of transportation on research that suggests a correlation between It Can Wait campaign activities and a reduction in crashes.
- Collaborated with AT&T data scientists on research that shows how statewide anti-texting laws impact the rate of texting while driving.
Here are some other facts about the results from former distracted drivers:
- Almost half of people who pledged said they now don’t use their smartphones while driving.
- 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.
Experts say the brain will start to rewrite the approach to a habit in 21 days, so I’m hoping that this commitment will make my commute safer for myself, my family and everyone around me. For the next 21 days, I’m planning on sharing tips and insights on my social outlets about how my challenge is going, so please leave comments if you have any tips or ideas of your own.
Remember, doing anything on your phone is always less important than watching the road, so please join me in this effort to not be distracted by your phone while driving. Take the pledge by clicking here and remember distracted driving is never okay.
This is a sponsored blog post and I was compensated by AT&T. All thoughts and opinions are my own