Not all navigation systems are the same and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration emphases that it is critical for truck drivers to use the right navigation system.

“By using a navigation system that does not provide important route restrictions, such as low bridge overpasses, the shortcut you thought would save you time and fuel may end up costing you more than you bargained for,” FMCSA said. “A typical system that a consumer might buy at an electronics or auto parts store may not have software programming to show low bridges, hazmat routes and other information relevant to commercial motor vehicle operators.”

The FMCSA created a visor card specifically for truck drivers on how to choose the right navigation system intended for them. The visor card gives tips for safe use of navigation systems, and can be downloaded free-of-charge.

The visor card provides tips on selecting the proper navigation system designed for trucks and the correct use of the navigation systems.

To download the GPS visor card go to http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/outreach/education/gps-visor-card.aspx.