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Mobile communications and GPS systems used as Sat-navs are becoming very common in cars. Whether you are connecting your Bluetooth to blast tunes or looking for the nearest Waitrose, these have become a fundamental part of the daily drive for many of us.
Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, gives advice on using technology to complement your driving.
Get to know your Sat-nav before you set off and always programme it when stationary. Many people trust their Sat-navs not to get them lost - but you also need to know about roadworks, diversions and places to stop. Keep an old fashioned map to ensure that you limit the chances of going completely off track!
Richard said: “The latest driver assistance systems can be the perfect back-up to cover our occasional human failings but are no substitutes for concentration. The driver must always remain connected to what is going on around them. Multi-tasking is a myth and all too often that glance away can become a complete switch-off to an emerging risk. No text, tweet, check in or status update is worth crashing for.”
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