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Does using GPS count as distracted driving?

On Behalf of | Jan 5, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Most people in New York don’t count using a GPS unit as distracted driving, but this behavior doesn’t just distract you: It can actually be illegal under certain circumstances. Anything that pulls your attention away from the road can increase your risk of getting into an accident, even if you’re using it to assist you while you drive.

Does your GPS distract you behind the wheel?

If you’re holding your phone while driving, using your GPS is technically illegal. You might be trying to get directions, but looking at your phone still takes your attention away from the road. For this reason, using your GPS app can be considered distracted driving, just like scrolling through your text messages or answering a phone call.

To avoid a car accident, consider using a hands-free device for GPS navigation. Many vehicles come with GPS pre-installed in their digital consoles. You can also program your phone to give you directions, place it nearby and follow the instructions while you’re driving. Either way, it’s important to not pick up the device while you’re driving.

If your car doesn’t come with GPS, you can buy a separate GPS unit that mounts to the front of your console. This system allows you to enjoy GPS features without draining your phone’s battery. You’ll also have a larger display, making it easier to view the map and input an address. Just make sure that you do all your programming before you get on the road.

How can you recover financially after a car accident?

If you’ve been in a car accident, you’ll face for medical bills, vehicle repairs and other expenses that come your way as you recover from your injuries. With the help of an attorney, you may be able to file a lawsuit or file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company.