Navigating the World of Navigation Systems
Navigate your GPS correctly to ensure safety on the road.
If you’re one of the many drivers who operate a GPS in their vehicle, know that the trend is at an all-time high. From phones to devices to built-in car systems, navigation has taken over paper maps and printed directions. After all, it’s easier, visual, and safer than reading and driving.
But, at what point does a digital GPS navigation system interfere with the driver’s ability to drive safely? Even if it does say which lane to get in, does it distract the motorist? Interacting with a GPS device can be just as dangerous as texting and driving if you do not have the right system.
Here are a few things to consider when deciding which device to use:
Your car – Many cars these days have a digital GPS system installed in the console. While this is useful for busy professionals and traveling individuals, when you’re driving your daily commute, the navigation system may be distracting. Consider the ergonomics of your vehicle, from visibility, accessibility, and ease of manual engagement. All of these variables will be different from the car and the person.
Your voice – Voice-activated systems can be safer than a touch screen, before and while driving. However, if the system misinterprets what you say, you could find yourself correcting the text more so than following directions. As a result, the GPS could be more dangerous.
Your phone – Your phone’s screen is undoubtedly smaller than the digital screen fitted inside the car, but a smartphone is a reliable source for those without an installed GPS. Be sure to stabilize your phone onto a phone holder, whether it’s on the windscreen or dashboard. Before you do fit it, ensure that the phone does not obstruct your view of the road. Before you begin, turn off notifications from texts and calls so that you’re not tempted to get distracted while driving.