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Pros and Cons of Using a GPS While Driving

by Staff Blogger | April 13th, 2022

For decades, drivers were at the mercy of TV and radio station reports to find out if they’d run into traffic on their daily commutes. And when it came to getting from point A to point B in an unfamiliar area, they relied on written directions or maps. But standalone GPS systems and later GPS apps in smartphones revolutionized traffic monitoring and directions.

However, the ubiquity of GPS isn’t always a good thing. Although being able to instantly track traffic conditions and find the quickest route to your destination, it can also have some drawbacks. Here are some pros and cons of using a GPS while driving.

Pros

  • You can avoid heavy traffic. When your GPS tells you there’s a major slowdown on the interstate or highway, you may have the chance to avoid it by taking back roads.
  • You’re less likely to get lost. Plugging in an address into your GPS means you get nearly instant turn-by-turn directions to get there as quickly as possible.

Cons

  • GPS can be distracting. You may be tempted to look at your GPS or smartphone screen instead of the road ahead.
  • GPS isn’t always accurate. You may be directed onto a closed road, a private drive, or a poorly maintained road to shave just a few minutes off your drive.
  • You may depend on your GPS too much. When you always map your destination using GPS, you may find it harder to mentally map your neighborhood and the areas where you drive.

Distraction is the biggest drawback of using a GPS. At Ponce Law, our Nashville auto accident lawyers work hard to hold negligent and distracted drivers liable when they injure others.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash caused by a distracted driver, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.