This compensated post is one in a summer long series sponsored by AT&T. I am honored to join AT&T as an It Can Wait Advocate and hope this campaign will play a pivotal role in your home not only with your teens but as responsible adult drivers as well.
Texting and driving isn’t just about our kids. Sure its easy to see how distracted they are, how they never put down their phones much less take a few minutes to look up from them when they are talking to us. We blame it on their generation. We blame it on the overexposure to technology in their world. We blame it on the people in charge of the Internet. But what about blaming it on ourselves?
Be honest. Completely honest. Have you ever found yourself texting and driving? Sitting at a stop light sneaking in a quick text. Holding your phone in one hand while you drive with the other, sneaking a quick look when you can. Or even texting with your phone somehow balanced between both hands resting on the steering wheel. Nearly half of commuters admit to texting and driving which is even more than teens. Don’t believe me? Check out this startling video from the AT&T It Can Wait Campaign:
There are some easy ways we can all work together to put an end to texting and driving. From knowing the risks that you are 23 times more likely to be in an accident, to taking the It Can Wait Pledge and encouraging other adults you know to do the same. Install the AT&T Drive Mode App that when enabled and your vehicle is moving 25 mph, the app automatically sends a customizable auto-reply message to incoming texts*, letting your friends know you’re behind the wheel and will reply when it’s safe. But perhaps the most important thing you can do is make sure to lead by example. Your children are watching. If you want to make sure they don’t adopt this bad habit, don’t teach it by doing it yourself. If you see someone else texting their way through carpool or into the parking garage, stop them and mention what you know and hope they will consider too.
If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the same and so much more to keep them safe from the careless mistakes their distracted parents might make while trying to do too much with too little time. So tell me…
What would it take to help you break the habit of texting and driving?
An alarm in your car?
A phone storage feature that makes it impossible to access while driving?
A law that makes it illegal?
I’d love to know what it would take to keep you from texting and driving. Because a life isn’t worth losing over texting LOL.
Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!