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Everyone remembers their first driving experience – that old skedonk or skorroskorro that gave you endless hassles, the stress of getting lost in a dangerous neighbourhood or getting stuck on the side of the road in the middle of the night.

Moms and dads may look back on those moments and laugh. However, imagining your own kids in similar situation isn’t quite as funny. TomTom shares the top reasons why parents should include a GPS device when putting their newly licensed young adults behind the wheel for the first time.

  1. The best way to keep them safe

Getting lost in an unfamiliar part of town or having to find your way around a new place can be stressful and often dangerous for young, first-time drivers. A GPS device ensures you reach your destination safely and provides an idea of how long it will take to get there.

  1. Avoid distracted driving

With over 25% of road deaths in South Africa caused by drivers using their cellphones while driving, distracted driving is a major concern for many parents. Using a GPS device for directions instead of a cellphone gives you less reason to fumble with your cellphones while driving. The device can also be mounted to the dashboard to ensure the driver’s attention is always focused on the road ahead.

  1. Easy navigation wherever you go

A GPS device, unlike a smartphone, can be used in low-signal areas, thanks to satellite navigation. Taking your first road trip or travelling on your own, GPS is far more reliable and helps you arrive safely and on time.

  1. Encourage good driving habits

For many new drivers, adjusting to the many rules of the road takes some getting used to. GPS devices offer a helping hand by displaying the legal speed limit of the road you are travelling along, which helps first-time drivers to get to grips with sticking to the appropriate speed. Some GPS provide advanced warnings that notify the driver each time they exceed the speed limit or when they are approaching a speed camera.

Give yourself the peace of mind every parent needs by investing in a GPS device to ensure the safety of your children while they’re on the road and away from home.

Source: TomTom. Images: Pixabay

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