Despite the popularity of GPS devices, the RCMP in Prince Edward Island in Canada are concerned about motorists get much of their faith and trust in their GPS devices. RCMP are advising travelers who use these devices to take certain measures of common sense and caution before departure.
• GPS users need to enter your route, then you should look to see if it makes sense to them.
• GPS users may not want to use the back roads where there is no service, no service stations, or lamp posts.
• A GPS device to help their own navigation capabilities rather than replace them.
• The units can also be a distraction if drivers try to program while driving, or pay more attention to the GPS as they do. Do not forget the sights, while following the directions given by the GPS.
• The GPS will tell people when I turn to the left or right or taking a particular output. No indication of whether or not it is safe to do so at that time. This may cause some drivers to panic when you receive orders, and are not willing to make a lane change.
• Many GPS devices are also programmed to provide the shortest route to a destination. But shorter is not always better, said an island pilot. “The first time I tried, I went to Halifax. And the ship’s departure, telling me to take that dirt road and snow-covered road to get to the boat,” This was clearly a wrong direction.
• It is important that motorists remember that if you miss a turn, the GPS recalculates and back on track.
• The majority of GPS devices offer multiple paths to a destination, if motorists do not like the idea of taking a road covered with snow in the country can and must find another way.
• Of the 3,000 drivers surveyed, nearly two-thirds said they had a road map in their car “just in case”.
With the growing popularity of GPS devices, we should not be overconfident. These are excellent points to consider when traveling and using your camera. Do not check common sense at the door just because you have a satellite navigation device in your car. Remember that the RCMP said, a GPS device to help their own navigation capabilities rather than replace them. Sounds like excellent advice.