GPS Distracting Directions Can Cause Accidents

GPS Distracting Directions Can Cause Accidents

Texting, eating, playing with the radio, putting on makeup, and engaging with passengers are some of the more notable distracted driving dangers associated with being behind the wheel of a vehicle. What many people do not think about is that the device that is meant to help make your traveling easier can actually be a hazard as well. GPS devices come standard in many newer model cars and in older ones, many drivers have them mounted to their dashboards for easy viewing or just use an app on their smartphones. Below are a few ways to help minimize the distracting nature of the GPS units.

Never Mute: Even though the computer generated voice commands of the GPS can be annoying and redundant, they are there for a reason. By turning off the voice guided directions, this requires the driver to rely only on looking at the visual graphic of the map for directions, thus removing the driver’s eyes from the road.

Start the Directions Before Driving: This may be one of the biggest issues with GPS units. Be sure to have your destination programmed in and started before ever putting the car into gear. Trying to type or search for an address is just as dangerous as texting.

Recalculating Directions: Sometimes the GPS may not get the greatest reception, construction or even new roads or highways are built and the latest update has not yet been downloaded to the device. Whatever the case may be, your GPS will sometimes need to recalculate the route you are traveling to account for these issues and this can be hazardous to drivers as well. Last minute lane changes, freeway exits, or sudden U-turn directions can cause accidents, so it is best to pull off of the road and let the GPS catch up.

If you are injured in an accident and the other vehicle’s driver admits to being distracted, be sure to tell the police officer to make a note of it in the accident report. Then contact the personal injury attorneys at the Blaut Weiss Law Group for your free case evaluation at (954) 634-1800.