Do GPS Units Cause Accidents?

Author: Auger Law | April 6th, 2016

gps unit that could cause accidentsMaybe you know someone who spends more time arguing with their GPS than following it. Perhaps you remember that big insurance company’s commercial with a human GPS “recalculating” at the most inopportune time. No matter if one or both are familiar to you, you know the potential dangers of using a GPS while you drive.

Consider how many more cars are on the road in the United States than in the United Kingdom. Then consider that in the UK, GPS devices are thought to be the cause of nearly 300,000 accidents. It’s a scary thought, isn’t it? Here are some tips on how to use your GPS safely.

1. Get Familiar with Your GPS

You may be surprised at how many people have a GPS in their car with no idea how to use it. Take the time to get to know your navigation system before you need to rely on it. Know what the buttons do, know how to program it, and know how to change routes if necessary.

2. Program Before You Go

Don’t be tempted to wait until you are on unfamiliar territory to program your GPS. Trying to program your navigation system while you are driving is nothing short of a distraction. If you must alter your course, pull into a parking lot or to the side of the road first.

3. Listen to It

Your GPS may not always be right. In fact, it may take you around the block instead of on the most direct route. Do not spend your time arguing with your GPS — it can’t hear you. Arguing with your navigation system is a distraction that is easily avoided. Follow your GPS. If you don’t believe that it is taking you in the right direction, pull over and make the necessary adjustments.

4. Proper Placement

Never ride with your GPS in the passenger seat or placed lower than your steering wheel. Your GPS, if not already installed in your vehicle, should be placed at eye level on the dashboard. This prevents you from taking your eyes off of the road ahead of you.

Today’s GPS is yesterday’s paper map. It is much more convenient and easier to use. That said, it can also be a distraction when not used properly. Do not put yourself, your passengers and others on the road at risk by misusing your navigation system.

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