Why do I need Sat Nav?
Most people can find their way around with a map, but you can’t read a map on the go and your atlas of Great Britain isn’t much help in towns and villages. Britain’s roads are becoming more and more congested and complicated in layout and restrictions. GPS systems combine knowing where you are with a route planning capability, they can then take the hassle out of navigating providing you with turn by turn guidance to your destination. Even if you take a wrong turn your Sat Nav will know and tell you how to get back to where you want to be. The best systems go further by knowing about useful locations like petrol stations and some even know about the traffic conditions.
How does it work?
The GPS system calculates your location using a minimum of 3 satellites at any one time, these signals are compared with a database of maps within the unit and your current location is calculated and displayed.
Key Features to look out for
Use your satellite navigation unit as a handsfree speakerphone with your Bluetooth mobile phone. Use the large touchscreen to dial numbers &answer calls.
Speed camera location
Your satellite navigation unit alerts you when you are approaching a speed camera and indicates the correct speed limit on the screen.
MP3 capability/FM transmitter
Link your MP3 player through your satellite navigation unit and use the large touchscreen to control your playlist.
Complete road maps of Great Britain come as standard but if you travel abroad choose a satellite navigation unit with European or even USA and Canada maps.
The standard satellite navigation (diagonal) screen size is 3.5” but larger models come with 4.3” or even 5.0” screens.
Voice prompts help you keep your eyes on the road. Plus, make it fun when you choose from a list of accents &languages
Quick or scenic routes
Set your preferences to the fastest or shortest route, or opt for a scenic path.
Walking & bicycle trails
On some models you can change your preferences to access walking or bicycle routes.
Time & Distance
Receive time and distance remaining as you follow a suggested route.
Choose from a 2D or 3D view. Zoom capabilities offer close-up details or a bird’s eye view of your surroundings.
Points of Interest
Locate the nearest post office, hotel, restaurant, supermarket, petrol station, park, hospital &other common destinations
Weather & traffic
Receive instant traffic and weather reports that may affect your routes
Are sat navs distracting to use?
Sat navs take the stress out of driving by guiding you quickly and safely to your destination without the need to snatch a look at your map. Some Sat navs are more distracting than others. For minimum
distractions we recommend choosing a model with a large widescreen, clear, simple and timely visual and audio prompts, easy-to-navigate menus and simple operational features.
How do I find my destination?
Enter as much detail about your target destination as possible into the sat nav. The postcode is good, but if not, you’ll need the (correctly spelled) road name and number, town and county.
Why can’t I find a new build address?
Your sat nav is unlikely to find a newly-built address, you’ll have the same problem trying to get things delivered to a new build estate, – it takes a while for new addresses to make it onto the various systems. Keep trying every few week, it will show up eventually. Consider whether there’s an older address nearby for your sat nav to target instead.