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GPS Technology – Useful or Distracting?

Jonathan Hernandez8 months ago

Is using GPS technology while driving dangerous? April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and today on the blog, we take a look at the dangers of using GPS technology and turn-by-turn directions while driving.

The Benefits (and Dangers) of GPS Technology

GPS technology has evolved greatly in such a short amount of time – due in part to smartphone applications like Wave and Google Maps, which both have up-to-date directions, including traffic conditions and speed traps.

Millions of people in the United States using GPS applications on their smartphone every day, but the Department of Transportation warns that using such apps while behind the wheel can be just as dangerous and distracting as texting while driving.

Ever-Changing Distracted Driving Laws

Laws regulating distracted driving are constantly changing in order to keep up with evolving technology at the same time. Regulators want to continue to strengthen their authority in order to keep up with advancing tech.

At this time, there are currently not many regulations or guidelines for the developers of such navigation applications The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is working with car manufacturers to encourage them to sell vehicles with built-in navigation features that would distract drivers less.

Important Information about Distracted Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in distracted driving accidents every year in the United States:

  • In 2013, about 10 percent of all fatal accidents, and 18 percent of all accidents causing injury were the result of a distracted driver.
  • 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2013.
  • 480 motor vehicle occupants were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2013.

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