GEM Motoring Assist, the leading breakdown organisation, has asserted that thoughtless and distracting positioning of sat nav devices poses a huge threat to road safety. When using a portable sat nav, most people choose to position them somewhere on the windscreen and GEM believe many drivers are putting the devices in dangerous places and losing focus on the road.
As technology has developed sat nav devices have got bigger and their wider screens need more careful positioning. GEM believe positioning the sat nav in the centre of the windscreen can have a lethal impact on a driver’s visibility to see, especially at junctions and when turning left. As these are already two major collision points, it is worth considering GEM’s advice and thinking about safe sat nav positioning.
Speaking on behalf of the organisation, Chief Executive David Williams MBE commented: “Sat nav devices are great for relieving a lot of motoring stress. But if in the process you’re obscuring a vast swathe of your field of view, then you are taking a huge risk.”
He also said: “Placing a sat nav right in the centre of the windscreen will block most of your nearside view, and will mean you miss all the hazards that might be there. This is particularly dangerous on left hand bends, at junctions and crossings, and in any locations where you may share the road space with cyclists and pedestrians.”
For many drivers their sat nav provides comfort and helps them to drive safely, as well as ensuring they’re on track but it is important to ensure they are more of a help than a hindrance. Alongside their claim, GEM also produced a set of guidelines to help drivers ensure they’re positioning their sat nav safely. These guidelines include everything from what seems like common sense: ensuring you can still see and drive safely with your sat nav in place as well as positioning guidance. They suggest positioning your device low on the windscreen on the right hand side so it doesn’t obstruct your field of view or tour windscreen. It is also important to remember to ensure your seat and mirror positions are correct before putting you sat nav in place or you could find your view is obstructed.
This is just some of the advice provided for positioning a portable sat nav with ease. They have been commonplace for many years now and on the whole provide drivers with security whilst driving as well as guidance on the best routes and congested areas. Keeping the guidance from GEM in mind will ensure they remain a positive influence and don’t become a leading cause of road traffic accidents.
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