#DFF: A campaign to prevent distracted driving

Please join us here at Be Car Chic, on Facebook and Twitter (@BeCarChic and @Cars_blog) for Distraction Free Fridays (#DFF).

April is distracted driving awareness month, but awareness should not end at the turn of a calendar page. Today marks the launch of a distracted driving awareness program called Distraction Free Fridays (#DFF) that Be Car Chic will be writing in conjunction with fellow auto blogger, Carlos Beltrán, of Beltrán About Cars. Each Friday through June 24th, we will share our perspectives on this increasingly important topic.

Join us in pledging to drive without distractions every Friday (and hopefully on all days that end in “y”) for the next eight weeks. We’ll be publishing blog posts about distracted driving, the policies that may ultimately monitor it, and the technologies that exist to reduce it. Oh, and did we mention there’s a contest? Thanks to our friends at Sears Automotive and Got2BWireless, we’ll be hosting a contest and giveaway. Join us on Facebook to stay tuned for those details.

So, why are we doing this? As automotive enthusiasts and bloggers, we want to learn what preventative actions drivers are taking to avoid being distracted while driving. What are some solutions that individuals can mandate for themselves? We believe that a collaborative, social approach is the best way to get the answers to these questions. That’s why we are joining forces to explore these challenges.

We realize that we neither understand all of the challenges, nor do we have all of the solutions; thus, we are asking YOU for insights, experiences, and best practices for prevention. How do you avoid being distracted behind the wheel? Perhaps you are guilty of taking your eyes off the road (as all of us are at times), and you want to change your behavior. Maybe you know someone who has been injured or lost a loved one due to distracted driving. Whatever your cause, we want to team up with you to define easy-to-implement solutions.

Help us by joining our Distraction Free Fridays (#DFF) movement! Here’s how:

  • Join us on Facebook to share tips, photos, and videos about distracted driving and how to take the initiative to stop this bad habit on an individual basis.
  • Make a statement on Twitter by using our campaign hash tag (#DFF) or changing your avatar to our #DFF logo.
  • On Fridays, in lieu of (or in addition to) the typical Follow Friday (#FF) tweets, we ask that you #DFF your friends and show them how much you care about driving without any distractions.
    • Here’s a sample tweet: “I’m taking the #DFF pledge and putting down my device today – doing my part against #distracteddriving.”

We hope that you will participate in this important initiative.  By doing so, you are not only helping to prevent accidents, but you could also be saving lives. Please join us here at Be Car Chic, on Facebook and Twitter (@BeCarChic and @Cars_blog) for Distraction Free Fridays (#DFF).

Thanks again for your support. Please use the share buttons below to help us spread the word!

-Melanie & Carlos

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Melanie Batenchuk founded Be Car Chic in 2009 as a way to help consumers make smart decisions when buying and selling their cars. Her prior work at the dealership, trade association and manufacturer levels has provided her a deep understanding of the complex facets within the auto industry, making her a leading woman in her field.