Thanks to the GPS you use in your car, you do not have to worry about getting lost while driving to your destination. For many people, a GPS is an essential part of the driving experience. But while a GPS can provide you with navigation information, it can also distract you when your eyes should be on the road.
Many people may not be aware that a GPS can be a cause of distracted driving. The Idrivesafely website explains some different ways a GPS could impede your driving.
Operating the GPS
You probably know not to text and drive. However, programming your GPS may actually be as just as dangerous as texting. Some drivers take a moment to look up places or directions on their GPS. Younger drivers may find the GPS noise annoying and mute the sound so they can turn on music instead.
All of these actions may divide your attention from the road for a crucial moment. Also, with a hand off your wheel to manipulate your GPS, you will not have both hands on the wheel and may not be able to react to events in time.
Reacting to a GPS
A GPS is not infallible. Sometimes the directions come too late for you to make the right turn. You might also not interpret the directions correctly. As a result, you could panic. You swerve to take the turn you needed to make a few seconds ago. You take a wrong exit or swing into a lane too fast. All of these reactions could lead to disaster.
Since a GPS can help you when you need to get to an unfamiliar destination, you do not have to stop using it. Sensible precautions may balance your GPS use with your driving responsibilities. You could go over your route before driving so you do not rely too much on your GPS. You can refrain from programming your GPS while driving. Another option is to ask a passenger to operate a GPS for you. These and other steps may help you avoid becoming another distracted driving statistic.