Recalculating Your Use of GPS
Whether you travel long distances or just to the outskirts of town, chances are high that you have relied on a GPS to get you where you were going. We have talked about distracted driving frequently on our site because it has been deemed a dangerous issue on today’s roadways. What we haven’t talked about is just how often a GPS is to blame for accidents.
Statistics here at home are hard to come by, but it is estimated that in the United Kingdom, GPS units can be blamed, at least partly, for 300,000 accidents. When you consider that there are many more vehicles on American roads, it is easy to make the leap in thought that GPS units are responsible for at least the same number of crashes in our own country.
If you have a unit built into your car or rely on your mobile device to guide you, there are some things you can do to reduce the chance of distraction.
1. Learn Your Unit
GPS units tend to work in the same way, but each has its own unique features. Take a bit of time to get to know your unit before you attempt to use it on the open road.
2. Program at Home
Don’t be tempted to program your GPS after you enter unfamiliar territory. Yes, you know where you are going when you are close to home, but there is nothing that says you have to wait to enter your destination into your navigation system. Program your destination into your unit while you are still in your garage or driveway.
3. Listen to It
We all know that person that argues with their GPS more than they follow it. Don’t be that person. Listen to your GPS. If you feel as though it may not be sending you along the best route, pull into a parking lot or to the side of the road to reprogram it.
4. Eye Level
Keep your navigation system at eye level. This reduces the amount of time your eyes are taken off of the road. Do not keep your GPS on the seat next to you or in your lap.
There is nothing wrong with relying on a GPS until it becomes a distraction. Follow the tips above to keep yourself, your passengers and everyone else on the road safe.
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