AD­VANCED MO­TORISTS Get geared up with sat-nav

Sale & Altrincham Advertiser - - ADVANCED MOTORISTS -

1. Be­fore set­ting off, make sure you have an idea of the route. Know­ing your north from your south can help you check the sat-nav is not send­ing you to the wrong des­ti­na­tion and means you don’t have to rely on it for the whole time.

2. Carry a road at­las with you – you might need it if you have wrongly pro­grammed your satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem. Also, you might need a back-up in the un­likely event of the GPS sig­nal fail­ing. What­ever you do, never drive around aim­lessly in hope that a lost sig­nal will come back again.

3. If you are us­ing a de­tach­able satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, make sure it is fully charged be­fore start­ing your jour­ney. You will also need to check that the screen is bright enough for you to read from it, but not too bright that it dis­tracts you from es­sen­tial car sys­tems. The vol­ume should also be ad­justed to en­sure you can hear ev­ery­thing clearly.

4. It’s im­por­tant to mount the nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem on your wind­screen cor­rectly, where the po­si­tion­ing of it doesn’t com­pro­mise what you see ahead. Ide­ally, put it on the side of your wind­screen so you can eas­ily see it from the cor­ner of your eye.

5. If your car comes with a built-in satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem you will need to fa­mil­iarise your­self with how your sys­tem op­er­ates as each man­u­fac­turer is dif­fer­ent.

6. Touch­screens can be dif­fi­cult to op­er­ate when you are try­ing to pro­gramme a des­ti­na­tion. Make sure you pro­gramme your des­ti­na­tion be­fore start­ing your jour­ney, or ask a fel­low pas­sen­ger to help you pro­gramme it if you’ve al­ready set off. Don’t let it be a rea­son for dis­trac­tion.

7. Some sat-nav sys­tems are not mod­ern enough to cope with SMART mo­tor­ways (those with vari­able speed lim­its de­spite dis­play­ing speed limit in­for­ma­tion.) Be aware that the limit on your sat-nav may not al­ways match the real world limit.

Peter added: “Satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems are a ter­rific ben­e­fit for users; they save fuel, time and re­duce ag­gra­va­tion.

“How­ever, driv­ers must fol­low signs as well.’’

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