Distracted driving is the number one cause of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Texting while driving, eating, putting on makeup, reading, and adjusting the radio are just a few of the distractions that are causing thousands of injuries and deaths each year.
Electronics and vehicle systems can cause the driver to become distracted and cause a collision. Even the very systems that are designed to help make driving safer can become a distraction if you are not careful.
A perfect example is a GPS. Your GPS can help you avoid an accident by giving you voice commands rather than trying to read a map or written directions while driving. Below are tips for using a GPS without creating a distraction while driving.
Tips for Using Your GPS Safely
- Learn How to Use Your GPS Before You Use It the First Time
As with any electronic device, you need to read the instructions and learn how to use the GPS before you use it the first time. Trying to learn how to program your GPS, turn up the volume, or adjust other settings while driving is dangerous. Take the time to learn how to use the GPS properly before leaving on your trip.
- Set GPS Before You Begin Driving
Program your destination into the GPS before you begin driving to avoid distractions that can cause an accident. Trying to search for an address or program an address while driving is just as dangerous as texting while driving or reading while driving.
- Don’t Mute Your GPS
You may get very tired of listening to the GPS voice drone on about how many feet until you reach your next turn; however, the voice commands are there for a reason. If you mute the GPS, you must look at the GPS repeatedly to ensure you are taking the programmed route. Every time you remove your eyes from the road you are increasing your risk of an accident.
- Last Minute Recalculations
Your GPS may need to recalculate your route because of a missed turn, construction, our outdated information. When this occurs, you might be instructed to make a last-minute lane change or turn. Sudden actions such as these can cause a car accident. Remember, it is safer to pull over to the side of the road, allow the GPS to recalculate and then proceed.
- Update Your GPS Before You Leave
Make sure you update the software before you leave on your trip. Updating your GPS ensures you have the latest information in your GPS.
- Use Your Common Sense
A GPS can be very helpful, but they are not perfect. If your GPS is giving you a command that does not seem correct, don’t listen to it (i.e. turning the wrong way on a one-way street). If you don’t take a turn, your GPS will recalculate a new route for you.
Have You Been Injured by A Distracted Driver?
If you have been injured in a car accident in the Fresno, CA or Central California Valley area, call Torem & Associates to schedule a free consultation with a Fresno car accident attorney. You can reach our office by calling 1-800-954-4444 or use the online contact form on our website.