How not to get distracted by your navigation app

Many drivers find navigation applications such as Waze and Google Maps useful when travelling in unfamiliar routes or avoiding areas with heavy traffic congestion.

However, road safety experts warned drivers of the distraction caused by such applications, as well as a possible violation of Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act. (See Navigation Apps and the Anti-Distracted Driving Law)

ADDA’s Implementing Rules and Regulations poses several restrictions in the way motorists should use their mobile device while driving, and how it should not interfere with their line of sight.

Road Safety Journalism Fellow Miguel Dumaual discusses the do’s and don’ts of using navigation apps on the road in this report:

This story, which first aired in Bandila, was produced under the Bloomberg Initiative Global Road Safety Media Fellowship implemented by the World Health Organization, Department of Transportation and VERA Files.


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