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8/22/2013 - Poll: Most drivers say GPS units have let them down

Though helpful to many, a number of drivers have noted displeasure with GPS devices.

While global positioning systems are supposed to enable motorists to get to their destination without having to worry about becoming lost, a substantial number of people say that these units have sent them in the wrong direction.

According to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive, nearly two-thirds - 63% - of U.S. drivers indicate that GPS technology has led to their becoming lost while out on the roadway. Additionally, motorists point out that on average, the devices have led them astray at least four times in the course of time that they've been put into use.

Cynthia Ochterbeck, editorial director for Michelin Travel Partners, which commissioned the poll, noted that sometimes a simple foldable is just what the doctor ordered.

"Technology is great, but a printed map is one of the most important tools a traveler in an unfamiliar setting can have," said Ochterbeck. "The battery doesn't die, it is easy to use, and it allows you to make decisions on route changes if necessary."

No matter what's used to get to and from a destination, it's important to pay attention to driving versus multitasking by reading a map or fidgeting with a GPS, which often can lead to an auto insurance claim.  To prevent an accident or injury, it's best to simply pull over so that one's full attention can be paid to the directions.

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