It’s easy to associate distracted driving with cell phones, but these aren’t the only devices that can draw your attention long enough to cause an accident. Satellite navigation systems, while convenient, can be dangerous when used incorrectly.
According to Statista, there were 7.2 million portable navigation devices sold in the United States in 2012. These systems are immensely popular, and if you use one, it is critical that you know how to operate it safely.
Keep these seven tips in mind the next time you use a sat nav device:
- When in doubt, trust your eyes;
- Watch the road;
- Position the device out of your line of sight;
- Do not program the device while driving;
- Do not commit a traffic violation;
- Activate “voice guidance;”
- And study your route before you depart.
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Until then, read on to learn seven tips that can help you avoid collisions when using a satellite navigation device:
- When in Doubt, Trust Your Eyes
Satellite navigation devices are not always accurate. If you think a turn is unsafe or illegal, then trust your eyes.
- Watch the Road
A sat nav device can draw your attention long enough to cause a collision. If you take your eyes off the road for just two seconds, then your risk of crashing doubles, according to the American Automobile Association. Keep your eyes on the road, and if you feel lost, pull over and study your route.
- Position the Device out of Your Line of Sight
Be careful about where you position your sat nav device. It should not interfere with your vision, but you should not have to move your head to see it.
- Do Not Program the Device while Driving
Do not attempt to program your device while you are driving. This will distract you physically, mentally and visually, which makes adjusting your sat nav just as dangerous as texting.
- Do Not Commit a Traffic Violation
As The Automobile Association explains, you cannot blame the sat nav device if you violate a traffic law. Treat the device as an assistant, but keep in mind that you are responsible for all of your actions and decisions.
- Activate “Voice Guidance”
Use your sat nav’s voice guidance feature so you do not have to look at the map.
- Study Your Route before You Depart
Try to identify areas where you might become confused. Also, look for intersections and landmarks so you know you’re heading in the right direction.
Although these tips can help you stay safe while using a sat nav device, you cannot expect other drivers to behave responsibly. If you were injured by a negligent or reckless motorist in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC.
A New Orleans accident attorney will gather evidence, talk to witnesses, and help you avoid mistakes during the claims process, such as accepting a low settlement or unknowingly admitting fault to insurance adjusters. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal-injury lawyers.