If you look around in the traffic you certainly see a large percentage of vehicles with satellite-navigation devices stuck to their windscreens.
The technology is fantastic, unfortunately, the placement of the devices on windscreens often isn’t as great. Making the situation even more dangerous is that the units are growing larger all the time too, that means more visibility is potentially blocked.
UK motoring organisation GEM Motoring Assist has provided us with these tips on how to avoid creating blackspots with your windscreen-mounted sat-nav;
- Ensure you position your sat-nav so that it won’t affect your view of the road and your ability to drive safely.
- The safest place for a sat-nav is low down on your windscreen, and to the far right, to minimise obstruction of your field of view.
- If this is not possible, then it may be acceptable in the centre of the windscreen, but you should position it as low down as possible.
- Make sure you choose the right seat height and position to suit your individual shape and size before positioning your sat-nav.
- Avoid fitting the sat-nav to a location that could cause injury to a driver or passenger in a crash. This includes potential head strike zones on the windscreen, or other locations where deploying an airbag may contact them.
- Never fit the sat-nav high up on the windscreen. As well as severely restricting vision, this could interfere with the rear view mirror and sun visors, and will require power cords to trail across the driver’s field of vision.