Distracted Driving is NEVER Cool

This post is sponsored by AT&T. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

A couple years ago we were sitting in the car in a middle turn lane on a busy street, waiting to turn left. Out of nowhere we were hit from behind by a 3500 truck going full speed. The driver was distracted with her cell phone. We are so grateful that we both only suffered whiplash and massive shock, but the car was completely totaled. The worst of all this? Some people aren't as lucky as we were.

This is why we are excited to be working with AT&T to bring awareness to their It Can Wait campaign! Today we are going to give some tips and tricks on how to not be a distracted driver yourself and why you should speak up if you see someone driving distracted.

1. Take the pledge. We both took the pledge at ItCanWait.com and you should too! According to AT&T, over 38 million people have made the pledge to not drive distracted. To celebrate, AT&T's annual It Can Wait Pledge Day will be on September 19! 83% of drivers admit that they drive distracted and 96% of them are aware of the dangers of smartphone use while driving. Taking the pledge is your first step in helping change this.

75% of drivers who have pledged are keeping their commitment to not use their smartphones behind the wheel. This doesn't mean you won't have to do any work after pledging, it's just a step to actually doing something about it!

2. Turn on drive mode. You can either use the Do Not Disturb that is built into your phone or download the AT&T DriveMode app available on Android devices. Either way, there are options to make sure you don't receive texts or calls while driving. This takes away any temptation you may have to answer a text or phone call while operating a vehicle- which is great! You can even set up a message to send automatically when some does try to contact you.

3. Speak Up. If you see someone using their phone while driving, do NOT be afraid to say something. It could save your life and other people's lives around you. 51% of people are more likely to stop driving distracted if a friend or passenger pressures them to. It may feel awkward, but that's a temporary feeling. We need to start making it cool to be undistracted drivers! Sometimes it won't go over well, but explain why what you are saying is coming from a caring place.

One thing I offer to do in someone else's car is answer a text for them, if they feel like it's a pressing matter. Otherwise, it can wait! It's always better to play it safe and talk your friends into silencing their phones while driving. (And obviously doing the same for yourself.)

In 2019, minutes on mobile phones are expected to exceed minutes spent watching TV! Doesn't that blow your mind? I mean it makes sense, you can get everything you need or want right on your phone. It's our job to make sure that time isn't overlapping when we are driving.

The bottom line? Distracted driving is NOT cool. Speak up. It Can Wait.

To learn more, visit www.ItCanWait.com and follow @ItCanWait on Twitter.

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