Navigation systems come standard on most new cars. But there’s no reason your car or truck
that’s a few years older can’t have that same convenience.
In vehicle navigation helps you get where your going fast. An in-dash system replaces your
factory radio, either with a permanent screen, or a flip up monitor that stays hidden in the
dashboard. Most in dash systems can also double as a monitor for DVD’s.
Here are some of the reasons why you’re safer with GPS:
- You know where you’re going. Being lost and/or being distracted as you try to see street
signs and get oriented is a significant and dangerous distraction. You are rarely lost with
a GPS in use, and even if you miss a turn, the GPS will recalculate the route automatically
and get you where you need to go with minimal stress and distraction.
- You don’t need to deal with maps. Handling and reading maps while driving is a feat we have
all attempted, but it’s a significant distraction. Even with a passenger doing the map
reading and providing directions (this doesn’t always go smoothly, does it?), you are better
off with GPS.
- GPS improves night driving safety. Not often discussed, but in my opinion, one of the best
features of in-car GPS is the fact that it gives you better road awareness at night and in
low-visibility conditions. At night, and especially during bad-weather night driving, a GPS
will tell you about, and show you an upcoming turn, ramp, etc. long before you can see it.
On dark back roads, the GPS map will give you a preview of what’s ahead.
- You know which lane to be in. One of the challenges of driving unfamiliar and busy
multi-lane highways is knowing which lane you’ll need for an upcoming exit. A good-quality
text-to-voice GPS will tell you the correct lane well in advance.
- Safety features, such as hands-free calling, special “help” buttons that show you the
nearest police, hospital, garage, and more.