For people who are bad with directions, driving to new places can be frustrating. These people always seem to find some way to get lost. That’s why a global positioning system (GPS) can be so helpful. For the most part, these gadgets provide a safe and easy way to get you to your destination. However, if you are not careful, the GPS system can serve as a distraction while you are driving or might give you directions that contradict with actual road conditions. Here are some tips to help you use your GPS safely while driving.
Make sure to program your GPS before you start driving, recommends Consumer Reports. You should use the voice command feature of your GPS, so you do not have to look down at the screen while you are driving. If you have a passenger in the car with you, let them program any changes that you need to make to your route. If you are by yourself, pull over before you program any changes. You should make sure that your GPS device is mounted properly. If you mount it to the windshield, make sure that the GPS does not obstruct your view of the road. Consumer Reports suggests using the plastic disk that the manufacturer of the product provided with it or using a bean bag mount that sits on the dashboard and has a rubberized surface that secures the GPS. You should mount your GPS system close to the driver’s seat so that you do not have to look far or strain to see the display, suggests Tech World News. You should not put your device on the passenger seat because you will not be focusing on the road if you have to reach for the gadget. Since GPS devices are not always updated in real-time, always obey traffic signs and advisories, even if your device gives you different directions, suggests Travelers Insurance. As a backup plan, make sure to have a map with you.
If you use GPS regularly, Consumer Reports looking for a GPS system with a display of at least 4.3 inches; the larger the screen, the easier it will be to see the map details and the buttons and keyboards will be larger, so it will be easier to program the device.
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