Phone or PND

Do you agree that we need all the help we can get when we are driving these days? Are most drivers thinking safety first?  You know, things like using the turn signal before changing lanes, maintaining the recommended distance between vehicles, stopping completely at stop signs and of course driving the speed limit. That’s not what I see when I’m on the road.  I hear someday soon we’ll opt for the purchase of the smart car that drives itself and driving will be fun and safe. Well, until that day arrives, give yourself and other drivers a break. Reduce driving stress, take your phone out of circulation while you are behind the wheel. The phone makes it easy to get into trouble, (texting, calling, talking).  It’s the one distraction that you really can take full control of.  Think of it as one less thing you have to worry about.

Many of us use apps on our smartphones for multiple things, GPS is one of them, but I got to tell you, it’s really stressful using my phone for directions, if I’m driving. The screen size is too small to see the maps clearly and mounted, the phone is too far away to operate easily. You can guess what happens when you drive out of cell phone tower range.

On occasions when I used my phone or IPAD for directions they both worked. But they always add stress to the drive. They are great if I’m the co-pilot and that’s my only job. However, if I’m the driver, my confidence level is highest when I drive the car with the dedicated GPS device.  My phone is in my purse, so I’m not distracted trying to pick it up or change my position to view the screen on the device.  The GPS touchscreen is large enough for me to see and I can utilize the function icons when I need too. All of the information is focused on getting me to my destination and I can concentrate on the road. It’s the perfect driving companion.

It’s a fact that smartphones are the best when it comes to being connected  to the cellular network and the internet.  That’s why my phone is back up for my personal navigation device.  I like the benefits of having my phone for directions if I’m not the driver, However my PND with hands free-calling while driving gives me the best advantage to getting to my destination with less stress.

Trying to decide if you really need to invest in a personal navigation device (PND)/dedicated GPS, read more…http://gps.about.com/od/gpsproductoverview/a/smartphone-vs-dedicated-gps.htm?

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