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Of course, no cellphone use while driving, but what about smartphone-based GPS?

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Q. We have a policy that does not allow employees to use their cellphones when driving for work, but what about GPS? Many employees say that they cannot safely get to a location without using the GPS functions built into their phones.

A. While intended to be helpful and keep drivers from getting lost, GPS devices can also be distracting. It is a good idea to clarify in your policy that any device that distracts the driver from the road is not allowed.

Employees should be encouraged to map out their drive before they get in the car, and ensure that any GPS device has voice commands. Remind them to position their phones in a location that doesn’t require the driver to look away from the road.

Shirley Lerner and Kerry Middleton advise clients out of LittlerMendelson’s Minneapolis office.

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