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The older drivers, however, were more likely to carry an atlas, and that, coupled with traditional navigation skills, helped them while driving to avoid getting lost as often than their younger, GPS-only counterparts (David Millward, “Sat Nav Loses More Motorists Than Maps,” Telegraph.co.uk, July 14, 2011).

What can these statistics teach us? Knowing how to use GPS is beneficial, but relying on the technology alone is unwise. Be aware of where you are while you are driving; pay attention to landmarks and street signs. If you do use a GPS, make sure you have a map with you as well, and know how to read it. Keep your GPS updated with the most recent information. A GPS with a few old-fashioned navigation skills can be a great combination.