How a car mount for my phone made me a distraction-free driver

How a car mount for my phone made me a distraction-free driver

BY Whitney Gonzalez | Contributor, @whitneygonzalez

With AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign and others similar to it, it’s hard to say that some people are unaware of the dangers of distracted driving. Of those who are aware, only a select few actually practice safe, distraction-free driving. Up until recently, I was a distracted driver who ignored safety risks in order to remain connected.

Let’s be honest, commutes are boring – especially long ones. My commute is over an hour long and in order to make the time pass, I used to browse my phone, keep an eye on email and even text my friends and family while driving.

The change for me began when I started using Waze, a community-based traffic and navigation app. The app’s tagline is “Outsmarting traffic together,” and it stays true to that by sending hazard alerts and switching your route if there is a faster route available – I could talk about how much I love this app for days. (I hope to share a review on Be Car Chic soon!) Anyway, I was in need of a convenient – and safe – place to put my phone so I could keep an eye on the app while driving.

I hit up Amazon and bought this car mount for my phone and my driving habits changed drastically! The action of placing my phone on the mount makes me aware that I shouldn’t be using it while driving, so even when I’m stuck in traffic and want so badly to check my Instagram feed, I refrain.

Other things that have changed during my commute include:

What I listen to: I listen to books and podcasts now, which makes me feel productive during what I used to consider a wasted hour.

How I communicate: I can’t say I don’t text while driving because my phone’s voice-to-text allows me to send messages easily and safely. I’m even able to monitor emails as I receive them. My notifications display long enough for me to determine whether an email requires an immediate action or if it can wait until I get home.

Needless to say, I highly recommend car mounts for phones. Many are universally compatible and fit most phones, so why not give it a try?

How do you remain distraction-free while driving? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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Whitney (Gonzalez) Ramirez has admired high-performing cars from a young age since her father is an automotive mechanic and racecar driver. She is intrigued by new developments in the automotive industry and is particularly interested in European cars and racing. Read more about Whitney here.