The best sat navs
There’s not many things that are more stressful than getting lost on your way to somewhere new. And is it just us or do you always seem to lose your way when you’re rushed for time?
Sat navs aren’t a new technology but they’ve certainly improved since they were first introduced. While a lot of new cars have them built-in, they aren’t always fitted as standard. And if you’re opting for a second-hand car, there’s even less chance the vehicle will have one.
Today’s sat navs can include features such as live traffic updates, speed camera updates and voice control.
Get from A to Z without any hassles with one of the top sat navs:
Garmin DriveSmart 60 LMT-D
This sat nav from Garmin is jam-packed with features.
It uses DAB radio to search for live route guidance, has speed camera alerts and voice control as well as Garmin’s ‘Driver Alerts’ which warn of any upcoming hazards, such as sharp bends, and also includes lane guidance for complex junctions.
By connecting to your phone via Bluetooth the device can provide you with hands-free calls, while its 6-in screen makes it easier to view.
The maps work for the UK, Ireland and Europe.
TomTom Go 5200
If you’ve got the budget, go for the TomTom Go5200. With world maps loaded onto the device, you can take this with you wherever you go.
The device has a 5-in capacitive screen and comes with an unlimited data SIM card with no roaming charges, so you don’t have to connect your phone.
3D diagrams also make it easier to identify turnings and help you through complicated junctions. It also includes speed camera alerts, built-in traffic updates, and with Google Now and Siri support it has great voice control. If you do choose to pair your phone with the device, it will read out your texts and will provide hands-free calls.
Garmin DriveAssist 51 LMT-D
Why not go for a two-in-one and opt for a sat nav with a built-in dash cam? Garmin’s DriveAssist 51 LMT-D has all the features of its high-end sat navs, including built-in traffic updates, voice control, hands-free calls, speed camera alerts, Driver Alerts and Siri support, but it also has an on-board dashcam, giving you extra security when out on the roads.
TomTom GO Rider 450
If you’re a biker, you’re going to need a hardier device. Thankfully, there are plenty of choices on the market. The TomTom GO Rider comes with built-in Bluetooth, lifetime updates, is weather and drop-proof to IPX7, has an 11cm touchscreen and safety camera alerts.
The Ride Challenge level lets you choose between Winding and Hilly Roads, while Roundtrip Planning will automatically direct you on a different road home from the one you set out on.
Garmin Drive 50 Europe LM 5
If you’re on a budget, the Garmin Drive 50 Europe LM 5 gives you access to full Europe lifetime maps, without breaking the bank.
It doesn’t have traffic data but it offers sensible routes, clear directions, extra 3D diagrams to help at junctions, references landmarks when giving directions, and provides warnings about any dangerous turns.