We’ve all seen one or used one however these little black boxes can cost you a small fortune if you’re not careful
Never set your ‘home’ location on your Satnav as your actual house
Set ‘home’ as the road around the corner, a road in a nearby estate or better still the local Police station 😉
Someone steals your car keys
They find car
They turn your sat nav on and press ‘navigate to home’
Boom they know your exact home location and have your house keys
Setting your ‘home’ location as the nearest Police station is a fun way to catch a criminal if your keys get stolen, just remember to tell the person on 999 that you’ve done that so they can inform your local station.
Using your phone’s data allowance to update maps on the go
…remember they won’t pick up all of them and often that data will be incorrect. Another reason to use crowd sourcing apps like Waze (especially for temporary cameras) as these apps use real people reporting real cameras for the good of the community.
People typing in the destination without first checking…
…if there are multiple locations with the same name you could find yourself completely in a different part of the country. We had a friend that drove 2 hours North towards a small village because they hadn’t checked that there were two Villages with the same name.
The guy that drove his van into a lake because “the satnav said to”
No other words needed, however I’m sure we’ve all heard a story or two about someone following their Satnav and ending up somewhere stuck.
Don’t rely on older technology. Newer & better software only versions are available
Waze & Google Maps kick arse compared with most Satnavs from the past few years. Mainly because they see traffic before you do and as we often say, time = money.
Use Coordinates instead of postcodes for tricky to find locations
If you need an exact location forget about postcodes, use Google Maps to pin point the exact coordinates. Ideal for Wedding venues etc when people just put a postcode that is actually an area the size of a small town.