Staying Safe Behind the Wheel

Drivers urged not to text and drive by Verizon and other partners.

By on May 14, 2013

Spring is the time of year when temperatures start to rise and thoughts turn to upcoming day trips and summer vacations. In fact, AAA reported that this time last year nearly 35 million Americans were planning Memorial Day road trips to celebrate the unofficial start of the summer.

And, as we prepare for more cars on the road, it is important to remember to take precautions to stay safe behind the wheel. This week, Verizon is joining forces with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and a number of other businesses and community organizations to help promote safe driving through It Can Wait. The campaign urges drivers to pledge not to text and drive and provides resources and tools to help prevent distracted driving.

Drivers can turn to technology to help maintain focus while on the road. The Safely Go app allows users to lock their phones and sends automatic text messages alerting others that they are behind the wheel and can’t respond. The app can also route phone calls through Bluetooth or other hands-free devices.

For more than a decade, Verizon Wireless has taken a driver’s seat approach concerning legislation and innovation around the prevention of distracted driving. Thirteen years ago, Verizon Wireless broke with the industry, becoming the first wireless carrier to step forward and support hands-free driving legislation across the country. As part of this leadership effort, Verizon Wireless developed a Responsible Driver Action Plan, which included first-of-its-kind commitments to include responsible driving messages in company advertising and customer communications.