When it comes to using sat navs and phones for directions in cars, there are a few question marks over the law.

A spokesman for the RAC, Simon Williams, said: “There does appear to be real confusion among drivers regarding both mobile phones as sat navs and where to put them.”

And with the Highway Code indicating that drivers should keep their windscreens clear, it begs the question: where are you supposed to place it?

Here’s everything you need to know about sav nav laws in the UK and everything in between.

The current UK sat nav laws

While the laws surrounding sat nav positioning remain fuzzy, using a mobile phone as an alternative is relatively clear.

As mentioned in our previous post, if you touch your phone while moving, you could receive a £200 fine and six penalty points on your license. So if you need to change the route, make sure you pull over and turn off the energy before doing so.

The current law surrounding sat navs is slightly different and less transparent. The vehicle installation warnings advise that your sat nav shouldn’t:

  • Interfere with vehicle operating controls or obstruct a driver’s view of the road.
  • Be placed in front of or above any airbag.
  • Be positioned where it could distract a driver if it falls down from the windscreen.

Before using it, you should always check local laws to see if there are any specific ones in place.

Top tips on how to mount your sat nav on your windscreen

Using the general consensus, here are a few tips on where the safest place is to position your sat nav or phone in your car.

  • Before choosing where to put your sat nav, make sure your seat is at the right height and position to suit your body shape. If you don’t do this, you could get the sat nav positioning wrong.
  • Try to mount your sat nav low down on your windscreen to the far right to maximise your view of the road. If this isn’t possible, opt for the lowest point in the middle of the windscreen.
  • Avoid placing the sat nav or mobile up high, as the cables can interfere with your vehicle controls.
  • If you’re using your mobile phones as a sat nav, a car vent holder is great if you want to keep your windscreen clear.

Where do you place your sat nav or phone device in your car? We’re interested to hear your opinion on the matter, so let us know by leaving us a comment below.

Fancy some extra reading? See how many motoring laws you remember in our previous post: ‘7 obscure driving laws you might be unaware of’.

 

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