Any driver in New York City can tell you that the Big Apple can be a real
mess of traffic during certain hours of the day, such as all of them.
Navigational global positioning system (GPS) units and programs –
either separate as their own devices or downloadable through smartphones
– have made the entire process much easier in recent years, as well
as much more dangerous. As if drivers did not have enough on their minds,
a GPS unit can be yet another source of driver distraction, leading to
To avoid getting into a
distracted driving accident, keep these hints in mind when using your GPS:
Pull over: First and foremost, a GPS unit or a GPS app on your phone should never
be used while you are driving. Most versions actually will not allow you
to perform any functions if it detects that your vehicle is in motion.
Just to be careful, find a safe spot to pull over and tinker with the
gadget then and only then.
Secure it: Use some sort of device mount to keep your GPS unit or your phone stable
while you drive. Secure it in a spot that is not going to block your field
of view while driving, but also will not require you to look well away
from the road ahead to see it. Right on the center console is usually good.
Predestination: Do you know where you’re going next? Type it into the navigational
system before you even get into your car. Now all the trouble of trying
to type in a complicated address while simultaneously driving is completely
avoided. You should also review the route it suggests and check it ahead
of time for traffic problems.
Familiarization: New gadgets can be fun to use and discover all of their functions and options,
but driving is not the time to do so. Why not set aside 15 minutes to
familiarize yourself with your GPS unit before your next trip? It could
allow you to handle a glitch or problem with ease, should one come up
while you are behind the wheel.
Be human: This means you need to still think for yourself and judge driving situations
using your own trusted knowledge of the road and rules. Sometimes a GPS
will tell you to drive the wrong way on a one-way street, or report the
speed limit is 45 miles per hour when its actually just 25. Never put
your own better judgement aside for what a programmable robot has to say.
No matter how safe you are with your GPS device, it will not help you if
another negligence driver allows themselves to become distracted by their
own GPS or cellphone. If you get hit by a distracted driver and suffer
a serious injury in the resulting car accident, be sure to call
646.461.4009 to connect with a New York City personal injury attorney from Lurie, Ilchert,
MacDonnell & Ryan LLP today. We offer
free initial consultations to all prospective clients, so there’s no reason to hesitate to
get the legal help you need.