Gone are the days of using maps. Now most drivers rely on GPS technology. While using GPS is extremely convenient, it can also be dangerous. Safety precautions installed in most vehicles only allow the driver to enter destination information if the vehicle is parked. However, many drivers make impromptu and rash decisions while driving and following GPS directions. Making a quick turn without signaling, executing an improper U-turn and other unplanned actions made in attempting to follow GPS directions can quickly cause a serious accident.
The following are a few safety tips for using GPS technology while driving:
· Remember that arriving safely is more important than arriving 5 minutes quicker. It is better to have to reroute if you get off course than to get into an accident.
· When you install your GPS, make sure it is out of your line of sight and will not distract you while you are driving.
· Familiarize yourself with your GPS device before you get behind the wheel of your vehicle. It is important to understand how it works while you are safely parked.
· If you must make changes to the information you entered into your GPS device, pull the car over in a safe place to enter the new data.
· You should use voice directions from the GPS device so you only have to glance at the GPS screen occasionally.
· Remember your common sense must override the GPS. In other words, if your device instructs you to turn down a one-way street going the wrong way, you must follow the roadway rules than the incorrect directions being provided by the GPS.
If you have been in an accident caused by a driver being distracted by a GPS, we can help. Having an experienced attorney on your side is crucial to obtaining all the financial compensation you deserve for your injury. The attorneys of Murphy & Garner, LLC, have over 32 years of experience serving clients in western Georgia and the surrounding area. We will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation at (866) 942-0552 or (678) 563-1584.