With places to go and people to see, getting lost or stuck in traffic we can do without. That’s why satellite navigation systems are so handy; they’ll tell you the quickest route and update to avoid traffic jams, plus they’re ready to use straight from the box (yay!)
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GPS – How Sat Nav works
A Sat Nav unit or GPS Navigation device is a great little gadget which uses Global Positioning satellites to work out where you are and show you the easiest or sometimes the most interesting way (if you’re on holiday) to get to where you want to go. Satellite Navigation systems use a network of satellites (GPS) which orbit the Earth in known positions.
Your Sat Nav will compare the signal from several satellites and pinpoint where you are, usually to within a few metres. Tap in a postcode, address or even a nearby landmark and your Sat Nav will come up with the best route to get there and guide you every step of the way.
Mapping – From the UK and Republic of Ireland to Europe and further afield
Each unit comes pre-loaded with a mapping system, you can choose mapping for UK and Republic of Ireland, Europe or further afield.
It’s well worth considering upgrading to a European Sat Nav as most European mapping also features street level maps for UK and ROI. So you get the info you need for UK travel and for your hols and any trips abroad with work.
You can choose Western Europe ( around 23 to 24 countries) or full European mapping (45 countries) which covers both Western and Eastern Europe. You can also upgrade to USA and Canada mapping for business trips or driving holidays or World Mapping with 66 countries loaded (North America, South Africa, Australia and Europe).
Live services – Avoid jams and hold-ups, drive smarter every day
Put yourself in charge of your commute with various Live Service packages.
Get traffic information updated every few minutes with full details of the length and reason for delays.
Save money with mobile and fixed camera warnings which doesn’t just make driving safer, it saves you from paying costly speeding fines.
Access Tom Tom’s location database live with Search & Go – from suggestions for a great curry house to where you can pick up some flowers on the way home.
Tweet your arrival time or check on the weather and road conditions.
Garmin’s Fuel prices will update you with grades and prices of fuel in your area.
Bluetooth – Take calls hands free on the road
Look out for Sat Navs with built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling.
Pair them up with your Smartphone and use the sat nav speaker to make and receive calls on the go, so you can keep your attention on the road. Making it safe, keeping you legal.
Features to make driving easier and more fun
Sat Nav screens start at 3.5in up to 4.7in. Larger screens are clearer and make touch screens much easier to use.
Look out for text to speech voice synthesis which lets your Sat Nav quote road names rather than just telling you to turn right in 50 yards.
Your unit will let you know when you’re making a wrong turn and gives you instructions so you get back on track.
Point of Interest
This feature alerts you to local services – from petrol stations to cash points to restaurants and hotels. Many are pre-installed on your Sat nav but you can add to the list. Brilliant if you’re visiting somewhere for the first time or are in an area you don’t know very well.
Use a fingertip to navigate all the options – much easier than tapping on a keyboard.
Memory Card Slot
Add or store updated maps, so your Sat Nav is always right up to date.
A great feature that lets you Sat Nav display in either flat map 2D mode (just like a roadmap) or 3D views that look much more like the view from your car, so it’s more true to life.
Accessories- Make the most of your sat nav
Get the most of your Sat Nav. Pop it into a case and take it with you when you leave you car to protect against theft, buy a high-speed multi-charger, USB home charger or A/C charger. Connect compatible models up to your iPod with an iPod video cable.
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