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How To Get Around Using Sat-Nav

How To Get Around Using Sat-Nav

Satellite Navigation aids – or sat nav's – use GPS satellites and pre-loaded maps to show you where you're going on a journey and stop you getting lost. We here at VideoJug show you how to get to your destination using the Sat-Nav system Navman F20.

Step 1: You will need

  • a sat-nav
  • a car
  • a road map
  • an A
  • a B

Step 2: Position your sat-nav

Find a position to place your sat-nav in your car where it is easy for you to see the screen without turning your head away from the road ahead. Do not place it directly in your eye line, but close enough to view the screen with a glance.

Step 3: Turn your sat-nav on

To find your current position, your sat-nav links to the Global Positioning System satellites, which can take up to 10mins. Turn on your sat-nav as soon as possible to avoid delaying your journey. In order for your sat-nav to find the satellites, its receiver needs to have a clear line of sight to the sky and be stationary. Your sat-nav will not be able to connect in your garage or in a multi-storey car park. The receiver can be built into a screen or an external box connected to a screen, depending on your sat-nav model.

Step 4: Enter your destination

Decide where you want to go, and enter the information into your sat-nav. It has a pre-loaded road map, that is searchable by place name, road name or postcode. Make sure you enter this information before you set off on your journey. Trying to do so whilst on the road is distracting and potentially dangerous.

Step 5: Follow the instructions

Once your sat-nav has worked out a route for your journey, it will display a map of the road ahead, with an arrow pointing in the right direction. This moves as you move. Your sat-nav will tell you in good time, on screen and via voice prompts, how long to stay on the road you are on, what your next turn will be, and the name of the road you are turning onto. Do not be tempted to watch the screen for too long, keep your eyes on the road and take in the information with a glance.

Step 6: Don't panic about a wrong turn

With a sat-nav you are never lost, because it always knows exactly where you are. If you make a wrong turn, don't try to retrace your steps. Your sat-nav will sense you have gone the wrong way, and recalculate your route to get you back on track.

Step 7: Think for yourself

Sat-nav is not infallible, always keep your brain on and don't take the instructions you are given without double-checking them for yourself, especially when it comes to potentially dangerous manoeuvres such as a u-turn. Keep a road map in the car and look up the page that has your destination on it, so you have a sense of the direction you should be headed.

Step 8: Arriving at your destination

Once you have reached your point 'B', make sure to pack your sat-nav away. Police say that one of the fastest rising reasons for car crime is a sat-nav theft. Don't leave it visible. have some wet wipes handy to clean off any suction cup marks and remove any signs that the car contained a sat-nav.

Step 9: Done

There are many different types of sat-nav available, so for information about the options, please see our video, ‘How to choose a sat-nav.'