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Drivers become distracted in many ways, such as eating food or using a cell phone. In fact, even tools that are used to assist drivers, such as a map or GPS, can make a crash more likely. Whether a driver takes his or her eyes off the road to look at a GPS or is unsure about the directions it has provided and discusses the route with someone else in the vehicle, these distractions can be deadly. Sadly, drivers who are distracted pose a serious risk to anyone in their vehicle and the innocent lives of others on the road.

Aside from becoming distracted, a driver who is using their GPS may find themselves in a crash for other reasons. For example, someone may not be familiar with the roads, which may increase the chances that an accident will occur. A lack of familiarity can make it more likely for drivers to ignore signs or even turn onto a one-way street. Moreover, someone who has never driven in a particular area might be distracted by trying to read signs or look for landmarks, especially if traffic is heavily congested or roads tend to be confusing.

It is essential to be mindful of the risks associated with distracted driving and make sure your full attention is devoted to driving while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, you may still find yourself in a crash due to another driver’s poor behavior. Head to our traffic accident section to go over more on some of the consequences of distracted driving.