Having a GPS is a huge boon in this day and age. The ability to not only navigate without the worry of getting lost, but also be able to find the right lane and drive with confidence has the potential to make anyone a better and even a safer driver.
However, there are definitely some downsides to using GPS on the road. Distracted driving is the big one, and not using common sense. But, let’s be honest… even without GPS, the people who fall prey to those dangerous activities would probably still be distracted by something (like a phone) or lack common sense. After all, it is people, not the GPS, which cause accidents. Generally speaking, I think that GPS actually makes you a better driver. Here are four reasons why:
1. You know where you’re going
While you might be new to a particular road or area, you can bet most of the people driving there probably know where they’re going, and driving against the traffic or going slow to try and not miss exits can get you into an accident. GPS features countdowns to turns and allows you to drive with the confidence that you’ll get there. The trick is to make sure you’re using your common sense still!
2. Night driving is easier
Driving at night can be a little unnerving for some people, especially if you’re trying to find the right exit. However, with a GPS, there’s no worry. You always know which lane you are in and you don’t have to worry as much. Just make sure you turn the screen to night mode (although most do it automatically now) so you can still see safely.
3. You don’t have to mess with reading a map while driving
Maps are indispensable and I strongly recommend to everyone that they at least keep a map of your state in the glovebox. You never know when it will come in handy. However, when you’re driving, you don’t have time to stop and study the tiny print and figure out the name of the next road up. Alternatively, trying to puzzle out a hand-drawn map or a printed Google Map is less safe than using the GPS.
4. Fewer U-turns and Backtracking
Let’s face it: when you’re driving simply by a map or verbal directions, there are bound to be some mistakes. Everyone has experienced a co-pilot who didn’t give enough warning, causing you to either miss the lane or make the world’s fastest lane change to swerve into the right street. It’s not a good feeling, and it’s definitely not safe. With GPS, you’re less likely to have to make those U-turns and backtracking to account for human error. Sure, it’s a little inevitable, but even when you have to do that, it will be far simpler and involve less guesswork.
Does your GPS make you a better driver? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!!