Before heading out on the road, take the time to correctly position your satellite navigation systems. A poorly positioned sat nav can cause major distractions and impact the driver’s view of the road. To determine the correct placement of your sat nav, consider the following:
Hema Maps Retail Product Manager Ian Glyde said motorists need to find the correct mount and fit for their individual vehicles.
“Mount your sat nav according to governing regulations ensuring it can be easily seen but not obstructing the drivers view of the road or the vehicle controls,” Mr Glyde said.
“People need to find the best fit for them, their vehicle, and their individual driving style while taking into account safety factors including being able to view the road correctly."
Arguably, one of the best positions is the bottom right hand corner of the windscreen. Placed here, the sat nav won’t obstruct your view of the road and is in a place where you can naturally scan (as you look to your right hand rear view mirror).
If placing your sat nav in the lower right-hand side of the windshield, make sure the cord is secured along the top of the dash and down the side of the control panel. Use tape to keep it in place.
The most important safety consideration is to avoid touching it while on the road. Make sure you only plug in details or make updates when you’re parked and out of harm’s way.
The information in this article has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or specific advice to any particular person. Any advice contained in the document is general advice, not intended as legal advice or professional advice and does not take into account any person’s particular circumstances. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives and needs.