Do satellite navigation systems cause vehicle accidents?

What is a satellite navigation system?
This relatively new technology is causing waves among critics that believe satellite navigation systems distract drivers and increase the chances of a vehicle accident occurring.

Radio time signals transmitted by satellites enable mobile receivers on the ground to determine their exact location. As technology improves satellite navigation systems are becoming more advanced and accurate. 10% of new cars sold in Europe have satellite navigation systems fitted. But if a car is not fitted with a system they market at between £130 and £2,000.

Why are satellite navigation systems useful?
Satellite navigation systems are useful for delivery drivers, taxi drivers and individuals that visit varied locations across the UK on a regular basis. Basically, you can communicate where you want to get to and the satellite navigation system will decipher the quickest or easiest route for you to take. They can be used to avoid road works, traffic jams and road traffic accident scenes. Satellite navigation systems have also been installed in emergency vehicles such as ambulances and police cars in order to reduce the amount of time it takes to answer 999 calls.

Do satellite navigation systems cause vehicle accidents?
Some road safety experts are concerned that drivers pay less attention to the road when they are using satellite navigation systems. The large colourful screens act as a distraction. Drivers rarely pull over when consulting their screens meaning that they take their eyes off the road and risk having a road accident.

It also seems that drivers are so concerned with locating their destination that they forget to signal or check their mirrors further increasing the chances of vehicle accidents. This reduced awareness means that cyclists and pedestrians may not be seen, risking the chances of a hit and run accident.

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If you have been involved in a vehicle accident you can talk to our friendly advisors about making a no win no fee compensation claim. You may be suffering from a whiplash injury, head injury or spinal cord injury as a result of a vehicle accident and you could speak to our legal experts and make a personal injury claim. You may want to recover costs for clothes damaged or temporary transport following a vehicle accident and our team can inform you of your eligibility. We can even arrange for your vehicle to be repaired or replaced with a hire car free of charge*. To find out more or make a compensation claim call 0800 78 38 846.



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