See here’s the thing… my cell phone is basically an extension of my hand by now. I use it so much that it’s second nature to just carry it in my hand everywhere, even when I’m driving. Of course, it doesn’t help when my life is basically lived online. Learning to put away the phone is a learned skill (even if we do get help from the law by giving us “nice tickets” that cost upwards of $200). In an effort to do this, I have to go to extremes like handing the kids my phone instructing them not to give it back until we arrive at our destination, putting it inside the armrest console so it’s out of eyesight, and now I’m joining AT&T’s It Can Wait 21 Day Challenge to really ingrain this habit into my brain.
I’m committed to this challenge because I don’t want to become a statistic. I don’t want this bad habit to be the reason why I get into a car accident. I don’t want to put my children’s lives at risk because of my constant need to be online, and I definitely don’t want my kids to pick up on this bad habit and normalize the constant phone use either.
It Can Wait 21 Day Challenge
The 21-day challenge is simple, join the pledge and honor it by putting your phone away while you’re driving. Challenge yourself by not responding to texts, even while you’re waiting for the red light to change, or choosing a different playlist while you’re cruising on the freeway. Take it a step further by encouraging everyone in the car to put away their phones while getting from point A to point B. It’s a challenge, but if everyone joins in with you it’ll make it so much easier to get through it. Keep each other accountable! Big high fives after each car ride will give you instant gratification knowing that you were able to stick with the challenge.
I totally get that this challenge, on paper, might seem so simple. When I signed up for it I thought it would be too. But no, it’s a lot harder than it sounds. It also makes you aware of how often you reach for your phone while you’re driving. I caught myself doing it while driving home at night on an empty highway, while waiting for the kids at school pickups, and while sitting in traffic.
I invite you to join AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign and help them reach their goal – 16 million pledges by the end of 2016. They’re currently at 12 million pledges, but with your help I know that it can be done. And what a great feeling it will be knowing that you participated in keeping our streets and families safer. Once you join, share your progress on social using #ItCanWait and you’ll have an opportunity to WIN Google Cardboard or It Can Wait swag.
What’s in it for you
Millions of people have taken the pledge… and this is what AT&T found:
- 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.
Think you’ll need help completing the challenge? Download the AT&T DriveMode App (available on Apple or Google Play). This tool will help to minimizing distractions while driving to help keep eyes on the road.
I promise to complete the challenge, and I’ll stay accountable to you via my social channels (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook – everything!) using #ItCanWait. With today being my first official day, you can look for continued update throughout the next 20 days. Wish me luck! And I wish you the same. Remember, we’re in this together!Take the pledge here