Stay Safe on Winter Roads with Our Hands-Free, In-Dash Navigation

February 01, 2019 | Categories: GPS In-Dash Navigation In-Dash Receivers Installation Professional Installation 

For drivers, winter can be one of the most dangerous times of the year. An average of 76,000 accidents happen because of winter conditions, and of those, as many as 900 people yearly die due to slick roads, poor visibility, and other winter conditions. Combine these statistics with the dangers of using cell phones, paper maps, and other distracting forms of navigation during travel and the chances of fatality or severe injury increases drastically. A growing network of concerned drivers has arisen from the increase in lethality between 2015-2017, which many researchers attribute to increased usage of mobile devices during the operation of mobile vehicles.

Mobile One Auto Sound is part of the growing movement to end distracted driving, as we know that it can prove to be fatal year round, but especially during winter when the dangers of slick roads increases. Drivers need both hands on the wheel and their full attention on the road during all times of the year, and our hands-free, in-dash navigation provides distraction-free navigation for any situation.

Why Not Use My Phone?

Statistics overwhelmingly say that use of a cellphone while operating a vehicle is dangerous. But many think this refers to texting while driving only. In reality, this means holding your cell phone to your ear while talking, holding a cell phone in your hand to dictate text, skipping to the next song on your iTunes playlist, and also using a phone to navigate to your destination. Even plugging a phone in to listen to directions from Google Maps can prove to be precarious - Google often can be unpredictable and leave those utilizing the app for directions tempted to look at the screen for further clarification.

Cell phones are also unreliable - dependant on power, cell coverage, and functioning apps. Divers almost always bring their phones everywhere, but when it comes to navigating with them while they are driving, there are numerous disadvantages. Winter weather only heightens these disadvantages. Cell reception often becomes unreliable during big storms, and even pulling over to the side of the road to look at directions more clearly can be dangerous during the winter because of inattentive cars, slippery road conditions, and snow plows. Finally, GPS-navigation apps on cell phones drain batteries quickly, which means that if you run out of battery, you are not only without directions but also without a means to call for help.

How Aftermarket Navigation Systems Work

The best solution for year-round navigation is undoubtedly a designated navigational system. Most of these systems are designed to keep your eyes as close to the road as possible at all times, which allows you to watch out for snow drifts, ice patches, and animals in the roadway during the winter. There are different types of car navigation systems, which allow users to adapt to a variety of different needs. These include:

  • Portable GPS Systems: These GPS navigation systems are classic, and started making their way into cars around the same time that touch-screen phones became available. They are mountable to the drivers’ view, usually in the center of the car or off to the side, so that the driver can see both the map and the next turn while also paying attention to the road. They do require a charge, but often can be plugged into the car’s sound system and provide consistent charge and direction throughout a trip.
  • In-Dash GPS Systems: In-dash GPS systems are display systems installed in the center console of your car which provide you with GPS-based navigation powered by your vehicle itself. Because it is not portable, you have no chance of losing or forgetting it, and it stays consistent with up-to-date GPS information.

Both these options are reliable, as they utilize GPS satellites rather than data to detect your position. This provides much more reliable navigational coverage than your typical cell phone navigation app.

The Pros of Using an In-Dash GPS System:

  • Printed maps are expensive and dated navigational devices. They require detours to gas stations, where you run the risk of paying $20 to $30 for a state map you may only use once. In-dash GPS systems are a one-time cost and can get you anywhere, including some of the smaller, more adventurous back roads that printed maps might not show you.
  • Cell phones run out of battery, often without warning. Additionally, it can be hard to navigate when you run out of cell coverage - which often happens on road trips through small towns and backcountry and can happen due to inclement winter weather. In-dash GPS systems are much more reliable and work off the power of the car.
  • In-dash systems are hands-free, working with voice recognition. Although this can take some getting used to, one of the other positives to this type of navigation is that the buttons never change position, so it is easy to work with the buttons without taking your eyes off the road while you eventually learn how to use the in-car voice navigation system.
  • Installing an in-dash GPS gives you the opportunity to update your car’s head unit. Often, the default head units in cars have terrible user adaptability, audio, and graphics which can leave the user lacking. In-dash GPS systems often require an upgrade of this unit, which can benefit more than just your navigational system.
  • No loose cords hanging around your car gives your vehicle a clean look and enhancing your safety by allowing your arms and legs to move freely without fear of tangling in a cord. In the event you must make a sharp turn, pump your breaks due to ice, or make some other movement related to winter safety, having a lack of cords in your environment can enhance your safety.

Louisiana isn’t known for its snow, but it does see its fair share of lousy winter weather. Don’t make winter driving harder by using the wrong navigational system: upgrade your GPS navigation system to an in-dash system. Mobile One in Metairie, Covington, and Gretna has you covered for all your winter (and year-round) navigational needs.