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Do navigational aids make your drives safer?

Everyone loves to shave minutes off their commutes, and one way to do that is to use navigational aids like Waze or Google Maps.

When driving in unfamiliar territory, these apps can be helpful because they point you in the right direction when you are clueless about where to go on an interstate or highway.

These apps are not always accurate

The problem of always relying on navigational apps to get where you are going is that they are not always 100% accurate. Apps like Waze rely on users to self-report road hazards (and police speed traps). If no one reports a hazard, unwitting drivers dependent on the apps for information can literally run into dangers because they were not reported.

Navigational apps can also be distractions

Waze allows users to download different voices and accents to deliver their directions. Some of these voices can even be quite amusing. But motorists might lose track of what’s ahead of them on the road while paying attention to the apps and laughing at the funny voices.

Stay safer when using nav apps

You can use the apps in safer ways by plotting your destination, with stops, before leaving home.  As the apps advise, drivers must pay close attention to road signage and weather conditions and adjust their driving accordingly. It is also important to set out on your route with plenty of time to arrive at your destination so that if you encounter hazards on the road, you will have sufficient time to detour on a longer route.

If you suffer injuries in an auto accident, you may recover financial compensation for your losses and damages.


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