Mount your sat nav safely

Take care when using a satellite navigation system.

We do so much preparation to ensure we get to our destination safely – checking the oil, coolant and tyres, following through with regular servicing, and more – but often overlook something that’s just under our noses.

Before heading out on the road, we all need to take a little more time to correctly position our satellite navigation systems, or sat navs. Because a poorly positioned one can cause major distractions and impact the driver’s view of the road – a major safety concern.To determine the correct placement of your sat nav, consider the following:

View and range of vision

A sat nav in the centre of the windscreen can potentially block the view of the road and any upcoming hazards. One positioned at the top of the windscreen is not ideal, as this is a position where drivers don’t often scan while driving. Looking up could be distracting.

Arguably, the best position 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 naturally scan (as you look to your right hand rear view mirror).

The power cord

It is important the power cord does not cross your line of view or have the potential to get caught in the steering wheel, gear shift or any dash instruments. It should also be clear from the accelerator and brake pad. 

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.

Accidents and collisions

Think about what would happen to your sat nav if you were in a collision. Ideally, the device should be placed where it won’t cause any harm to the driver or passenger. Make sure it’s secured to the windshield or dash – you wouldn’t want it to become a dangerous projectile in an accident.

Of course, when talking about sat navs, 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.