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Navigation Systems — Use Them Wisely

Keep on track with GPS

These systems are available in some vehicles, as well as smartphones and other portable devices.

See also: Learn About Advanced Vehicle Warning Systems

They provide electronically displayed maps and routing information for your trip and can give step-by-step verbal instructions as you travel your route.

The benefits of navigation systems are:

  • You know where you are going and which lane to be in.
  • Improves night driving safety. At night, and especially during bad-weather night driving, the system will tell you about and show you an upcoming turn or ramp, long before you can see it. On dark back roads, the system map will give you a preview of what is ahead.

Caution: Be extra careful to avoid being distracted by navigation or any voice-activated systems. Never program any system while moving!

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