Distracted driving can encompass a wide variety of distracting behaviors.
Most people think of talking on a cell phone or texting while driving as the most common and perhaps most dangerous forms of distracted driving.
But any time a driver’s attention is taken off of driving and placed on something else, an accident can happen.
One task that can be distracting to drivers is the use of a GPS.
Drivers may look down at a GPS device while driving, or interact with the device. Drivers may also be tempted to otherwise use device when checking the GPS: Checking email, sending a text message, etc.
Drivers should always avoid using their phones while driving. But using a GPS is often a necessary task. How can drivers safely use a GPS while operating a vehicle? Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Pre-enter the address or destination on the GPS – avoid doing this while driving
- Attach your phone or GPS to a mounting device (ensure compliance with California state laws)
- If you have to interact with a GPS while driving, pull over to a safe location such as a parking lot
- Be aware of your destination location before starting your GPS
Distracted driving causes thousands of accidents in California every year. Learning to safely use a GPS while driving – and eliminating other use of electronic devices while driving – can help reduce your risk of being involved in an accident.