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Safety issues regarding GPS use by truckers

GPS navigation systems can be an incredibly valuable tool, particularly when you are traveling in areas you are not terribly familiar with. Thus, it is not at all surprising that many big rig truck drivers use GPS systems. One hopes that all truck drivers who use GPS systems make sure to pay proper attention to safety when it comes to such systems. Certain improper conduct by truck drivers when it comes to GPS systems can turn a GPS system from a valuable navigational tool into a potential source of danger for a trucker and motorists who share the road with them. We will now go over some of the types of behavior it is very important for truck drivers to avoid when it comes to GPS navigation systems.

One is becoming distracted by the GPS system when driving. GPS devices can be a dangerous distraction to a trucker if they try to enter information into the device when they are driving. Distracted driving by a trucker can sometimes lead to an 18-wheeler striking another vehicle.

Another thing truckers should steer clear of is using the wrong type of GPS device for their vehicle. There are special GPS systems for trucks and buses. It is very important for truckers to use these special systems, rather than ones intended for regular automobiles. This is because systems for regular vehicles generally won't take into account truck restrictions when planning a route. Thus, a truck driver using a GPS system intended for regular vehicles could potentially result in them accidentally taking their truck onto a road that it is not permitted to go on. A truck going onto a prohibited route sometimes results in bridge collisions or other harmful traffic accidents.

Another GPS-related thing truckers should make sure to avoid is using a system that hasn't been properly updated. Using a system with outdated information is another thing that can lead to a trucker accidentally going onto a prohibited route. 

When a trucker acts negligently in regards to a GPS system or commits some other negligence in regards to their truck or their driving, and this negligence results in an accident which harms others, the victims of the accident may be able to pursue legal action. Experienced truck accident attorneys can help truck accident victims investigate whether truck driver negligence played any part in their accident.

Sources: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "What tips is FMCSA providing for the safe use of GPS navigation systems?," Accessed Nov. 20, 2014

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "Why is FMCSA concerned about truck and bus drivers' use of GPS navigation systems?," Accessed Nov. 20, 2014

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