Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with AT&T and Latina Bloggers Connect. As always my thoughts and opinions are my own.
In one of my past two posts about the #ItCanWait movement and AT&T, someone said in the comments “they should create some technology that just shuts off your phone when you get in a car.” I totally agree. There should be some way to just shut off so that texting and driving isn’t even an option. Apparently, AT&T thought the same thing.
AT&T Drive Mode
Once downloaded and set up, the app will turn on automatically once your vehicle starts moving 25 miles per hour. Then anyone who tries to text or send email will receive an auto reply message telling them you’re currently driving and will get back to them soon. When the app is turned on, all calls will automatically be sent to voicemail; however, the user can identify up to five numbers that can always be dialed, and 911 calls are always allowed. When setting up the app, the user has the option to select one navigation and one music app that can be accessed while DriveMode is turned on. While enabled, depending on your device, the app also stops incoming sounds for texts, emails and voice calls – so you’re less tempted to grab your phone. The app automatically turns off once the vehicle is going less than 25 miles per hour for 5 minutes and then the user can view the calls, messages and emails as they normally would.
AT&T is offers the application for free for its BlackBerry and Android wireless customers. Data and text messaging charges may apply for download and app usage. So you have no excuse. Turn on Drive Mode and drive safe.
My last post, I decided to lead by example and now, I also speak up. Speaking up to your friend, neighbor, kids and parents about shutting off their phone while driving can save a life. It may even save yours.