Fleet operators and motorists are being reminded of the importance of good visibility to road safety by motoring assistance firm GEM, who spoke up against ‘thoughtless positioning’ of portable satellite navigation devices on dashboards this week.
According to GEM, poorly positioned sat-nav devices pose a ‘huge threat to road safety’ by hindering visibility – particularly on left-hand bends and a T-junctions.
The firm pointed out that carelessness is only too common amongst drivers on British roads – carelessness which can often have fatal consequences.
GEM Chief Executive, David Williams, said: “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 restrictions to a driver’s field of view, especially if it’s mounted in the centre of the windscreen below a large rear view mirror.”
GEM believe that too many motorists fail to take into consideration the size of their sat-nav device – particularly in the age of increasingly large screens on electronic devices.
“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,” said Mr Williams.
“Placing 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 cyclists and pedestrians.”
“Sat-nav devices are great for 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.”
Drivers are advised to think twice before positioning portable electronic devices on their dashboards.
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