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Distracted Driving Awareness Nonprofit Greater Grand Rapids MI

No text message is worth your life. While texting and driving may not seem like a big deal, the truth is that it can change your life in an instant. It’s for this very reason that Text Pledge is dedicated to raising awareness around the dangers of distracted driving. As a nonprofit in Greater Grand Rapids, MI, we remain committed to those we serve by informing students, supporting educators, and empowering communities.

Here’s what you need to know about the most common types of distracted driving and the risks involved.

Texting or Using Social Media

When most people think of distractions behind the wheel, they think of texting and driving. Our recommendation is to silence your phone while driving so you won’t get distracted by the notification chime of a new message. Likewise, any social media updates can wait until you safely reach your destination. Save the selfies and emojis for another time when you’re not driving.

Talking on the Phone

Talking on the phone can distract you from driving safely, even if it’s a hands-free device. This is because the other person on your call doesn’t see what you see. For example, passengers are able to notice if it starts to downpour or you’re approaching a construction zone. As a result, they’re more likely to recognize when you need to concentrate on driving.

Also, keep in mind that some phone conversations are more stressful than others. For example, it’s not a great idea to drive while arguing with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Not only will you be distracted by the conversation but the high emotions can cloud your judgment while you’re behind the wheel—a dangerous combination.

Eating and Drinking

When you’re hungry and strapped for time, a fast food joint can be a beacon during the 5 o’clock rush. After all, who doesn’t love and appreciate a good burger? While we understand the temptation to continue en route to your destination, burger in hand, it’s best that you don’t eat and drive at the same time.

Both the burger and the road deserve your full attention. Our recommendation is to either wait to eat until you reach your destination or eat in the parking lot after getting your order.

Grooming and Personal Hygiene

Do your hair and makeup before leaving the house. You can’t give the road your full undivided attention if you’re trying to apply mascara at the same time. Both eyes need to be on the road and both hands need to be on the wheel. No exceptions.

Interacting with Passengers

While you may love driving with your friends and family, it’s also important to recognize when they’re distracting you. Always remember that if you need to concentrate, you can always tell your passengers to be quiet for a moment. For example, you may need to focus to make an unprotected left turn or merge onto the freeway.

Anyone who truly loves and supports you will have no problem honoring a simple request to ensure everyone’s safety.


Ignore the temptation to “rubberneck” when you spot an auto accident or roadside attraction. The more you stare, the longer you’re not looking at the road and the vehicle in front of you. Rubbernecking increases your risk of fender benders, running stop signs, and other traffic violations.

Avoid the risks of distracted driving by keeping your eyes on the road! The drivers and pedestrians around you will greatly appreciate it.

Take the Pledge to Stop Distracted Driving

Are you ready to take the pledge to stop distracted driving? Text Pledge is proud to serve as a nonprofit organization in Greater Grand Rapids, MI. To support our causes and help make the world a better place, we encourage you to take all 10 of our pledges. To ask our team a question, please feel free to fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you soon.

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