Although many newer vehicles come equipped with a voice-activated GPS preinstalled, GPS on cell phones is common and many drivers are using them to navigate while behind the wheel. But, this technology can lead to serious, even fatal accidents.
Three Houston teens were killed in a car crash that authorities say was caused by distracted driving. On their way home from a spring break getaway on South Padre Island, the 18-year-old driver glanced at a map on her cell phone to make sure she was in the right place. When the vehicle veered off to the left, the driver tried to regain control but overcorrected, crossed the median, and collided head-on with an 18-wheeler. The impact crushed the car, instantly killing two backseat passengers. The driver and a third passenger were airlifted to an area hospital in critical condition; the passenger died a few hours later. The driver of the 18-wheeler was unharmed. Reports indicate that the teens were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
This fatal accident shows that a moment’s lapse in concentration can prove deadly. Remember that the most important task to perform behind the wheel is to get yourself and your passengers safely to your destination. While a GPS unit is an invaluable tool for many drivers, it is important that it is used safely to avoid a distraction that may lead to a serious or fatal accident.
• Program your GPS to your destination before you start driving.
• Learn how to use the voice navigation setting if your unit has one. Listening to voice commands will help keep your eyes on the road and decrease your chances of being involved in an accident.
• Ask a passengers in your vehicle for help. If you don’t have any passengers with you, or they are not old enough to operate the system, pull off the road. Never read or program the GPS unit while driving.
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