When you’re driving somewhere new, satnav and GPS systems in the car can be a major lifesaver. These connected devices give you live directions, sometimes with added features like points of interest and traffic updates. Some can be mounted directly on your dashboard while others will be built in to the car, but whatever you choose make sure that it’s right for your vehicle’s size and existing electronic systems.
Where to fit a Satnav
Fitting GPS devices into your vehicle is undoubtedly convenient, but it’s worth finding the best position in your car. The Highway Code in the UK states that you’re not supposed to block your view of either the mirrors or road, so keep this in mind when positioning a satnav device. One option is to place it at the bottom of the windscreen, which leaves your view clear. You can also place it to the right or left side of the screen, but be sure that it doesn’t impede your path to the side mirrors. You should also take care that the wire is kept away from the driver.
How to choose Satnavs and GPS systems
• With an array of satnav devices on the market, how can you choose the most reliable fit? Core features to be on the lookout for include a high resolution screen that you’ll be able to read easily at a glance.
• A high sensitivity receiver is a good feature to look for, because it will ensure that the GPS unit gives accurate information.
• Additional features in the best satnavs include lane assist, 3D maps, points of interest and live traffic information. If you want to go the extra mile with bonus features, you could also look for built-in MP3 players and hands-free calling.