Safer Driving With A Sat Nav

mapreadingA few weeks ago I went to visit a friend who I hadn’t visited for quite a few years.  One of the reasons I hadn’t been down to visit was that I’d had such a nightmare, finding her house, the last time.  I’d been in the car heavily pregnant alone and got stuck once I came off the motorway.  This time I went down with H to visit and we had a lovely mother and son day out on the way and a tasty pub lunch.  Mid-afternoon we started on the last part of the drive with me trying to pick up road numbers from the printing directions beside me.  I soon went wrong.  There was no help to be had from the six-year-old in the back seat who was watching a DVD and I had to pull over to consult the map for assistance.

Eventually, we made it, but only after I insisted that H use my iPhone and help navigate.  The electronic assistance made all the difference and we got back on track.  I vowed then that I was not going to attempt another journey like that without a sat nav.  My husband agreed.  He is chief navigator when he is in the car with me, but I think he was keen to resign that role.  Then we had an email from Tesco Compare who asked us to be a safety and security tester for Tesco Compare.  They sent us a sat nav device to help us drive more safely.

Safer Driving With A Sat NavSo we were sent a Garmin Nuvi Touchscreen Sat Nav to test out.  It’s very easy to use even if you have no experience of using satnav’s before.  You simply plug it into the 12v socket (the thing that used to be called a cigarette lighter on cars) and press the on button.  The Garmin has very simple and instinctive software and you are guided easily through the steps.  We didn’t have a long journey planned, so I decided to test it out going to a local out-of-town shopping centre.

Now this shopping centre is one that I’ve been to many times before and everyone I know takes a different route to get there.  I was yet to be convinced I’d found the best route, so I decided to see which way it took me.  I was initially a bit surprised to be swinging nearly past my brother’s house, but actually the route was a good one and it’s one I’d consider for the future.  The directions were easy to follow and if I needed any clarification, a quick glance at the sat nav attached to me windscreen did the job.  It was certainly a lot safer than looking at bits of paper and less hassle than tearing a six-year-old away from his DVD watching to assist.

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9 Responses to Safer Driving With A Sat Nav

  1. Paul Wilson says:

    I find Sat Navs invaluable – especially going to places I’ve never been before – must have saved me hours.

  2. That’s a handy way to use it, finding the easiest routes. If I’m going somewhere I’ve never been, I tend to use an app on my phone, but not always the easiest, and they run the battery down really fast.
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  3. As the main navigator for all journeys-I’m with your husband! I wasn’t sure about sat nav’s until I got one-fantastic inventions. Still make sure we have a road map too, but it’s made journeys to new places so much less stressful for me :)
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  4. Christine says:

    I hate being in the car on my own and not knowing where I’m going. I like maps though so I’ve never got around to buying a sat nav. After a few stressful journeys this year I might relent! #pocolo

  5. Anne Wallwin says:

    we rely on a sat nav if going somewhere new. So much easier than looking at a map.

  6. I remember the pre-sat nav days when I’d get completely lost at night in the bucketing rain when I’d be going off and then returning to a motorway trying to find my way to friends’ homes in the countryside.
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  7. Since we’ve had a satnav I don’t know what we do without it! It’s fab :). Although ours is a bit old now and there are new roads which aren’t on there so it can get a little confusing!! Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x
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  8. My husband bought me a sat nav for my birthday seven years ago, I was travelling a lot for work at the time. It’s the best gadget we’ve bought, I wouldn’t be without it now! Absolutely love mine :) #PoCoLo
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  9. Dee says:

    I find a satnav a much safer way to drive too.

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