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Potholes along the GPS route

Old-fashioned preparation key in navigating winter roads

GPS units, while helpful, are not 100 percent reliable, and have been known to lead motorists into dangerous situation. At the same time, GPS units have become integral in search efforts to recover lost travelers. Christopher Tanguay photo illustration. (click for larger version)
January 03, 2010
Emergency personnel had their hands full this weekend, as the more than a half-foot of snow that fell on the region caused at least a dozen car accidents in Southbridge and Sturbridge combined.

Although most of the incidents were minor fender benders, spinouts and cars sliding off the road, winter road conditions have the potential to put motorists in some very dangerous — even life threatening — situations.

Many of those situations are avoidable however — especially if motorists are properly prepared for traveling in inclement weather.

One of those preparations is know your route, and not to rely strictly on electronic devises.

As every facet of life becomes increasingly more reliant on technology, so too has planning a trip, with many people using GPS — global positioning systems — to navigate a trip for them. As more and more people use GPS units in their personal vehicles, an increasing number of reports are being logged throughout the country of those global positions systems leading people into peril.

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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