Watch that satnav: You might never get there!

LONDON, England – Thoughtless positioning of satnav devices on windscreens is a huge threat to road safety.

That’s going to surprise the thusands of drivers who have stuck their mounts there.

UK breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist says modern large-screen devices in the middle of a windscreen can cause a lethal reduction to the driver’s field of vision, particulrly though left-hand bends (in a right-hand drive car) and at junctions.


GEM chief executive David Williams MBE told The Corner in a media release: “Satnav devices are great for relieving drivingg stress but if in the process you obscure a vast swathe of your field of view then you are taking a huge risk.

“A typical large-screen satnav device that’s 17cm wide by four 10cm high has the potential to cause significant restrictions to a driver’s field of view, especially if it’s mounted in the centre of the windscreen below a large rear-view mirror.

“Even a small-screen device may seem only a minor obstruction but it has the potential to hide a much larger area outside the car, depending on where you sit and the distance you are from it.

“Placing a satnav right in the centre of the windscreen will block most of your nearside view and hide all hazards that might be there, particularly on left-hand bends, at junctions and crossings, and in any locations where you may share the road space with cyclists and pedestrians.”


So, every helpful, GEM has assembled some simple tips to ensure your view of the road is not obstructed by a badly-positioned satNav:

  • Make sure it won’t affect your view of the road and your ability to drive safely.
  • The safest place for any satnav is low on your windscreen, to the far right (in a right-hand drifve vehicle) to minimise obstruction.
  • If this is not possible, then it may be acceptable in the centre of the windscreen but fix it as low as possible.
  • Make sure you choose the right seat height and position to suit your shape and size before positioning your sat av.
  • 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 satnav high on the windscreen. As well as severely restricting vision, this could interfere with the rear view mirror and sun visors and will means the power cord wil hang across the driver’s field of vision.

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