Does Using Your GPS Count as Distracted Driving?
The dangers of distracted driving have become a hot topic among drivers of all ages and all levels of experience. Though the latest and most frequently blamed culprit is cell phone use, the truth is that distracted driving has been a major factor in car accidents since people abandoned the horse and buggy and got behind the wheel of automobiles and trucks. There are countless instances of drivers being distracted by a wide array of activities, including changing the radio station, raising or lowering windows, opening or closing sunroofs, putting on makeup, eating or drinking, or arguing with fellow passengers. Breaking up an argument between kids in the backseat means taking your eyes off of the road in front of you, and that’s all it takes to cause a significant crash.
One of the most recent additions to the list of driving distractions is the use of GPS systems. Whether the device is built into your car through a state-of-the-art navigation system or you’re using an application on your phone, using them often involves taking your eyes off of the road to check what your next turn is going to be, or whether you’ve missed it entirely. Though the new technology certainly is easier to follow than trying to read a map, it can still lead to an accident if misused. To avoid having your GPS take your focus off of the road in front of you, follow these simple rules:
- Program your destination into your GPS before you start your journey. Typing a destination into Google Maps or Waze while driving is no different from texting while driving, and it’s just as dangerous.
- If you are driving with passengers, put them in charge of navigation. Whether it’s checking to see how much farther you have to go, or changing the route to avoid a traffic jam ahead of you, ask the person who is riding shotgun to take care of the data input and oversight.
- Keep your GPS volume high, and if you have Bluetooth technology, set it to play through your audio system. The less you have to glance at your screen, the better.
Though texting is what has gotten most of the attention, getting distracted by a GPS has caused thousands of accidents. If you’ve been injured in a car accident and you suspect that use of a GPS contributed to your injury, contact the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today.