Are you a car owner looking to get from A to B? Or a truck driver who needs to know the delivery is going to be made accurately, on time, and with minimal disruption en route? Or maybe you are a motorbike rider: they too have special requirements when it comes to their Sat Navs. Whatever your vehicle, you are going to need to take its specific requirements into account when you buy your Sat Nav. In this section, we explain the basic differences between the different kinds of Sat Nav needed for different kinds of vehicle.
A Sat Nav for your car will fix via a suction pad to the dashboard or windscreen. Picking up satellite GPS signals, it will accurately pinpoint your position in relationship to your destination. Sat Navs for cars come with a variety of voice modes in a variety of accents, ranging from the digitally anonymous to the novelty: if you want Sean Connery or Opra Winfrey to guide you on your next journey, it can be done!
Sat Navs for cars usually plug into the old cigarette lighter slot, so you can be sure of reaching your destination without it running out of power.
The Sat Nav for a truck is in general similar to the Sat Nav for a car. It does have a major difference though. Truck drivers are obviously more limited than car drivers in the roads and routes that are suitable for vehicles of their size. It is all very well a Sat Nav saving you time and money on fuel by encouraging you to take the most direct and fastest route to your destination. But what if the fastest route involves roads that are too narrow for a truck to get down? Or what if it includes low bridges? These are particular concerns in rural areas.
Sat Navs for trucks are designed to get around these problems. They include in the information they track down details of narrow roads, bridge heights, and roads that are otherwise unsuitable for HGVs and other large vehicles. A Sat Nav for a truck lets you program in the height, width, weight and load of your vehicle, and then only guides you into routes that are definitely going to be suitable for your journey. This gives you piece of mind about the route you are taking, and should ensure that you are not going to be stuck in the embarrassing and inconvenient situation of trying to get down an inappropriate bit of road.
It is all very well car and truck users sitting in their vehicles calmly listening to the directions announced by their Sat Navs, but how is a motorcycle user supposed to use it over the roar of the road? Increasingly, Sat Navs are being built to be mounted on motorcycle handlebars, with screens that can be clearly read through the visor of a helmet, and hardy enough to withstand the rain. You can even link up your Sat Nav to your helmet via Bluetooth, meaning that you won’t miss any of those urgent turns!