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Is it OK to use your GPS when driving?

On Behalf of | Jan 30, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Most new cars now come with satellite navigation systems built into them. Drivers in vehicles that do not have one may bring a portable one instead.

It seems like anything that helps you find your way would be a good thing. What’s more, you can have a map of the whole country at your fingertips, rather than needing to unfold several paper maps or thumb through a road atlas.

Are GPSs problem-free, or are there any downsides to the technology?

While they are meant to make it easier for you to get around and help you stay focused on the road, they can have serious safety issues when drivers do not use them correctly.

You are meant to set them before you leave

If you plug in your destination while still parked up and press start, all you have to do is listen to the voice prompts to guide you and perhaps throw an occasional glance at the screen if a command is unclear.

Yet many people don’t enter their destination until they are already moving. Many also fiddle with them constantly, touching the screen to zoom in or out for a better view, changing the settings to try and avoid traffic, or pressing the screen to find the nearest gas station or restaurant.

Physically interacting with the GPS is distracting

The more someone adjusts or looks at their device while driving, the higher the risk they cause a crash. If you are injured because of this, you’ll want help to claim compensation.