Find out how to stay safe on the road with our sat nav safety dos and don'ts.
Many of us would (literally!) be lost without our sat nav. We've come to rely on them so much that we sometimes follow their instruction without question.
A quick search of the internet reveals numerous stories about drivers getting stuck down country lanes or steering into a river because the sat nav told them to. It easy to think that the sat nav knows best even when your own eyes are telling you that you're going in the wrong direction.
Of course, using your sat nav correctly is still much safer than trying to read a printed map as you drive along. In fact, sat navs are now such a part of our daily driving that they've been included in the driving test for the first time.
Since December 2017, most driving test candidates are now asked to follow directions from a sat nav. The examiner sets up a route and the candidates follow the instructions. Thankfully it doesn't matter if you go wrong, as long as you drive safely.
To help you stay safe, we've put together these sat nav safety dos and don'ts.
The law clearly states that it's illegal to use a hand-held phone in the car. Even in stationary traffic. So, is it possible to use your mobile phone as a sat nav?
Yes, as long as you have hands-free access and are able to stay in control of your car you can use your phone as a sat nav. Hands-free access means using a bluetooth headset, a dashboard holder or voice commands.
So, just like using a sat nav, programme your destination into your phone before you set off. Then place the phone in a dashboard holder so you can see the map and hear the instructions.
If you want to change the destination, you can use voice commands, but you cannot touch the phone. If you need to touch the phone, pull over and park somewhere safe. You can get six penalty points and a fine of £200 if you use a hand-held phone whilst driving.