The Benefits of a Telematics System in your Vehicle
If you’re anything like me, it can feel really difficult to drive anywhere that isn’t familiar. Familiar paths don’t generally require us to read signs as we often find ourselves on autopilot, arriving to our destination without having to think much about it.
Unfamiliar routes, however, can make driving a lot more difficult. This is especially true for those of us who don’t see well. For me personally, if it’s sunrise or sunset, nighttime, a poorly lit area, or if it’s storming out it’s harder for me to read signs clearly...even with my contacts in. No worries, I can see them and am safe to drive, but I have to really focus on the words to make them out. Buuuut, really, could they make street signs ANY smaller for those of us that struggle to see?
A telematics system pinpoints a vehicle’s location via GPS, can give directions, and can function as a way to call in to someone for help when needed. The telematics system I use for my car is called OnStar. OnStar is GMC’s version of navigation systems and requires a yearly subscription. Other types of vehicles offer telematics systems, but they have different names. For me, this subscription is totally worth it, I use OnStar ALL THE TIME. For directions and for peace of mind.
Talking to someone
There are many brands and types of telematics and navigation systems for vehicles. It’s important to choose the one that works best for you. You can even just use navigation from your cellular device, but for me, it’s not as safe. I can’t see the maps as well and I don’t want to be on my phone while driving. Plus, one of the things I like most about OnStar is that I’m able to easily call in and talk with a human on the other line. I do this when I need to avoid construction or traffic...or if I’m just lost and feeling scared. There’s something about actually speaking to another person that makes me feel like I’m not so alone.
Some telematics systems can also sense if you’re in danger by analyzing driving patterns that don’t seem right, or if you’ve been in an accident. They can call you and ask if you need assistance. I've called in before for directions to the nearest hospital and was immediately asked if I needed the police called for emergency assistance. How awesome is that?! Though I have read a few controversial things about this being a possible invasion of privacy, I definitely appreciate the added safety in knowing I have help when I need it.
Do you still drive?