Sat navs should only be placed in one area of a windscreen or drivers risk a fine

Sat navs should only be placed in one area of a windscreen or drivers risk a fine

Sat nav tools can be considered a road distraction and placing the device too close to your vision could be considered dangerous. This is because your eyes may become impaired by the device which could block your vision of key road hazards. 

Last year, Greater Manchester Police issued a tweet informing road users there was only one spot motorists can “legally” place the device. 

The tweet claimed road users should only place their device in the bottom right corner of the windscreen. 

Neil Worth, spokesperson for GEM Motoring Assist said: “A small screen device may seem to be only a minor obstruction from inside the car.

“However, 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.

Which says the same law applies to holding a sat nav device while driving a vehicle. 

They say the rule also applies if motorists are stopped at traffic lights, queuing in traffic or supervising a learner driver. 

Rule 149 of the Highway Code states drivers must exercise proper control over their vehicle at all times and touching devices could be considered a breach of this. 

Touching a mobile phone while behind the wheel can see motorost issued a £200 fine and up to six penalty points on a driving licence, 

However, in severe cases road users could be charged with driving without due care and attention which carries a penalty of £2,500. 

Motorists could also find their car insurance policy becomes invalidated and firms refuse to payout on claims if a driver was found to be distracted behind the wheel. 

Published at Tue, 07 Jul 2020 10:13:00 +0000