To remain legal whilst using a sat nav, don’t position where it could reduce driver visibility
A sat nav device is used by most drivers these days, whether they’re the in-car type, an app on a mobile phone or a dedicated sat nav that’s placed on the windscreen.
However, what a lot of drivers don’t know, is that by positioning a sat nav device so that it interferes with your field of visibility could be dangerous and lead to a hefty fine if spotted by the police.
Whilst there’s no law stopping a driver from using a sat nav device whilst on the road, there are a few rules that motorists need to follow to make sure they stay legal.
When using a sat nav device, it must be mounted to a holder or a windscreen mount to stay within the law and must be positioned in a safe place.
According to GEM Motoring Assist, poor positioning of sat nav devices on windscreens pose a significant threat to road safety.
Some sat nav devices are fairly large these days and if positioned in the middle of a car/van windscreen, they could possibly reduce driver visibility, warns the road safety and breakdown recovery organisation.
If they interfere with a driver’s field of view, they could put them and other road users at serious risk.
In the Highway Code it states: ‘windscreens and windows must be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision’.
“If you have received a sat nav for Christmas, then do take a few moments to choose the only safe and legal part of your windscreen to fix it – which is in the bottom right hand corner of your windscreen,” said GEM road safety officer Neil Worth.
Positioning a sat nav in the middle of your vehicle windscreen will block out most of your nearside view, meaning you’ll miss any hazards that could 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.” said Mr Worth.
To remain within the law when using a sat nav, always ensure that it’s positioned in the bottom right corner of your windscreen so that it doesn’t restrict your field of view.
Never position a sat nav in the centre of the windscreen or high up, as this could interfere with driver visibility and be hazardous to the driver and passengers in the event of a collision.
It’s worth remembering, that a £200 fine and 6 penalty points can be issued if you use your hand-held phone whilst driving.
Not having full view of the road ahead or proper control of your vehicle could lead to a fine and 3 penalty points. You could be punished for ‘careless or distracted driving’.
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