Satellite navigation systems (sat navs) are a must have these days but many road users fail to use this travel companion in the correct or safe manner. In a recent simulator study looking at a variety of distractions, programming a sat nav had the biggest negative impact on driving standards. This week’s tips give advice on riding and driving with a sat navs, from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.
Richard said: “Satellite navigation can be a fantastic tool if you use it to help you plan and conduct your journey. A tale of caution though it is always a good idea to have an idea where you are going. Don’t be scared to have a glance on the map. If I was going to St Ives I could potentially be guided 350 miles out of my way if I relied totally on the navigation unit. Best to know whether the A14 or the A30 form part of my route.”