It Can Wait – Distracted Driving is Never OK

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with AT&T. All opinions are my own.

Driving through my city is something I love to do. Driving distracted because I’m on my phone is something that I hate to admit I’ve done. 20 million AT&T “It Can Wait” pledges have been made by people who agree that distracted driving is never ok. It’s a pledge to put your phone down and not drive distracted.

Take the AT&T It Can Wait Pledge Against Distracted Driving

Like many people, I don’t want to miss out on a message or update that I often receive via my smart phone. FOMO is real. (Fear Of Missing Out) So, I keep my phone close by to check frequently. Recently, I came within inches of slamming into the car in front of me at a red light. I was too distracted looking at my phone. Once my heart stopped racing, I knew something had to change. There is no message or update that is worth me causing a car accident.

Take the AT&T It Can Wait Pledge Against Distracted Driving

Caption: Wait until the car is in park to check messages.

Since my almost-car accident, I’ve become more aware of how others drive distracted, too. Today, I was driving behind a car, I noticed that the driver was too distracted to move when the light turned green – twice. At the third light, I moved over one lane and pulled up along side of the car and could see the driver was on the phone that she had in her hand. While I was frustrated that I almost missed two green lights and fearful of everyone’s safety, I couldn’t pass much judgment. I had been guilty of this, too.

Let’s take the #ItCanWait Pledge Together

We can do something about distracted driving. We can help share the message and be examples of driving without phone distractions. The “It Can Wait” campaign just reached a major milestone – 20 million pledges to not drive distracted. I’m asking you to join me in taking the #ItCanWait pledge. Here’s what you will pledge to:

  • Care for those around you.
  • Put your phone down while driving.
  • Share the message: Distracted Driving is never ok.
  • Be aware that I’m never alone on the road.

Queridos, visit itcanwait.com to take the pledge today! Once you’ve taken the pledge, share a photo/video of your story with your online community using the hashtag #ItCanWait.

Take the AT&T It Can Wait Pledge

AT&T Drive Mode App

It isn’t easy to just put down the phone or not engage with messages you receive while driving. I needed help! I downloaded AT&T’s DriveMode app to help me curb the urge to text and drive. It is a free app available to customers of all wireless carriers for iPhone and Android users. The AT&T DriveMode app can silence incoming alerts and phone calls so you stay focused while driving. I appreciate that it has an auto mode feature that automatically turns on the app when you reach 15 MPH and turns it off after you stop. The app is also available in Spanish.

For parents of teen drivers, the app can help keep young drivers safe by sending a message to a parent if the app is turned off. This is a great tool to start young drivers out the right way before they develop bad habits.
And, to make it easier for you to honor your pledge, you can send your contacts the information about taking the pledge via the app. AT&T really is making it easy for us to share the message and not drive distracted.

Take the AT&T It Can Wait Pledge Against Distracted Driving

There are 99 other things that need your attention as a driver. One of them is not your phone.

Take the pledge with me today: It Can Wait

 

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales

Original content creator for ¿Qué Means What? Texas Latina mom blogger celebrating culture in education, entertainment and family life.

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11 Responses

  1. Carolyn says:

    Thank you for not only being safe for you but for me as well! Great share!

  2. Such an important message that we all must follow, it is life and death. I will pledge never to text and drive and I hope others will too.

  3. Such an important message that we all must follow, it is life and death. I will pledge never to text and drive and I hope others will too.

  4. Pam says:

    Distracted driving is so dangerous. This app from AT&T will hopefully help a lot of people drive safer.

  5. This is so, so important. I can’t tell you how many teens – and adults, for that matter – zooming down the highway with their faces buried in their phones!

  6. Sarah Bailey says:

    This is so important, I never have my phone near me when I am driving it is always tucked away in my handbag. Over here we get up to 6 points and £200 fine for using the phone while driving.

  7. This makes me really happy. I have two kids who can drive and are currently driving and it’s really important for me to remind them that they shouldn’t use their phones at all while driving. There’s been way too many accidents as it is.

  8. My kids have yet to drive but I try to be the best example when it comes to safe driving! I think it’s amazing that AT&T is promoting this. It’s really important to not have distractions when driving.

  9. This is really a great reminder! Such a great awareness campaign to drive safely.

  10. Rosey says:

    Now that’s awesome and something I’m definitely sending to my daughter. She’s in college this year, and working on getting her license.

  11. Kiwi says:

    Driving and texting can definitely always WAIT! Too many accidents on the road for distractions seriously its not worth your life or anyone elses.

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