Being safe with a sat nav to avoid a whiplash injury
Most drivers these days will use a sat nav to help them to reach their destination quickly and safely. A sat nav will plan your route for you in advance and direct you easily to your destination, so that you don’t have to look at maps or have to concentrate on road signs and directions whilst you are driving. This allows you to pay more attention to the road around you, which in turn should make it easier for you to avoid accidents.
If you do get into an accident on the road, and sustain a whiplash injury in Chipping, you may be able to claim compensation from the other driver if you feel that the accident was their fault. Accident Advice Helpline can give you advice on how to claim for a whiplash injury in Chipping and find you a dedicated injury lawyer who can make your claim on your behalf. Call the helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to talk to the team about your whiplash injury in Chipping and find out more about making a claim.
There are some things you should remember when using a sat nav, in order to be as safe as possible.
- Pay attention to the road. One of the biggest mistakes people make when using a sat nav is to watch the sat nav rather than the road around them. A sat nav is simply your directions to where you are going, it cannot predict any potential problems on the road, so you should always be aware of what is going on around you.
- Use your own judgement first. If the sat nav is directing you down a road which looks wrong or dangerous, trust your own instincts rather than the sat nav. The technology isn’t infallible, and you can get into trouble if you trust the sat nav over your own judgement.
- Pull over to change your route. If you do run into problems with the route chosen by your sat nav, pull over somewhere safe to change the route or to look over the directions. You can easily get into an accident if you are trying to programme your sat nav whilst driving.
- Try the spoken feature. Your sat nav allows you to watch the road and use the directions by speaking your directions for you so that you don’t need to look at the map. Many drivers find it much easier to focus fully if they do not have to look at the sat nav whilst driving.
- Put your sat nav in your line of sight. Make sure that it is easy for you to glance at the sat nav as and when you need to by putting it in your line of sight. However you should make sure that it doesn’t block your view of the road.
Date Published: 3rd May 2014
Author: David Brown