How To Use Enhanced Navigation Safely

Posted on May 13, 2014 by - Also by this author

With the proliferation of navigation systems such as Waze, we need to remember not to focus too much attention on the screen while actually driving a vehicle. Waze works much like Mapquest or the built in mapping system on an iPhone but provides many more bells and whistles. The most prominent feature is an accurate indication of traffic flow. Waze obtains its data from people traveling and reporting on the same route you are traveling. You enter your starting point and destination point into Waze and it constantly updates your arrival time and travel time based on how fast phones are traveling in vehicles on the route. It also provides the location of hidden cops, cops in plain view, debris in the roadway and other hazards.

While it might be acceptable to contribute to Waze at a dead stop using the “Report Traffic Jam” feature, it is not acceptable to update cop locations while driving and assuming we are all driving safe and within the speed limit. You should not be searching your phone for cops down the road while driving. There is no reason for this and it is dangerous. The enhanced navigation with tons of users reporting real-time information is great to check before you put your vehicle in gear to start your trip, but after that, I would not pay too much attention to it.

— Jim Luff, LCT contributing editor

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