GPS Voices as a Driving Distraction in Virginia
As a regular commuter around the Norfolk, Virginia Beach, VA, area I generally know my way around as I grew up and learned to drive in this area. However when I go for work to Hampton and Newport News or outside of Tidewater, Virginia I often rely upon the new GPS systems to guide my course. GPS has really changed everything as far as getting directions. However as anybody has ever used one knows sometimes the GPS is silly telling you to take three left turns to get to something that is right at your elbow. Also the GPS systems sometimes don’t know the latest changes to the roads or where there is construction and some other variation that has occurred since the software was put out for that particular GPS device.
So if you’re like me and are a Type A personality you might have a GPS and some paper directions or a map. Then there’s a risk of too many inputs being a distraction. If you’re trying to look for road signs or places to turn that you’re not familiar with you’re already at risk of an accident because of your lack of familiarity with the traffic pattern. If you add to that the GPS lady talking to you and you’re trying to listen to her at the same time you are trying to follow some other set of directions it can be quite confusing.
Please use GPS wisely. Understand that all these new technological toys and gadgets we have in our cars make life more convenient but they can also make life less safe. Always keep your eye on the road and don’t make any sudden turns even if you’ve missed your exit. Do the right thing by obeying all traffic laws and leaving enough time so that if you do get lost you’re not rushing to avoid being late. I wish you safe travels whether for business or pleasure.
If you are involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com.