Careless positioning of a sat nav is posing a huge threat to road safety according to breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist.

Drivers who attach their satellite navigation unit in the centre of their car’s windscreen could be potentially distracted at junctions or during bends.

GEM is asking drivers to be more aware of where they position their sat navs, making sure to attach it low down on the windscreen and far to the right.

David Williams, GEM chief executive, said: “Sat nav devices are great to relieving a lot of motoring stress. But if in the process you’re obscuring a vast swathe of your field of view, then you are taking a huge risk.

“A typical large screen sat nav device measuring nearly seven inches (17cm) wide by four inches (10.48cm) high has the potential to cause significant restriction to a driver’s field of view, especially if it’s mounted in the centre of the windscreen below a large rear view mirror.

“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.

“Place a sat nav right in the centre of the windscreen will block most of your nearside view, and will mean you miss all the hazards that might be there. This is particularly dangerous on left hand bends, at junctions and crossings, and in any locations where you may share the road space with cyclist and pensioners.”

Making sure that a sat nav is correctly positioned can drastically reduce the chance of having an accident due to a restricted field of view.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

May 9, 2016