Most new model vehicles today will have satellite navigation systems built in.
But if you aren’t lucky enough to upgrade to a flash new car, with a shiny sat-nav that pops up from the dashboard it might be worth investing in a portable one.
Sure, you can use your mobile and mount it to your dashboard – but safety rules and regulations regarding mobile phone use whilst driving (and stationary) are tougher than ever; so we’d advise you not to.
Sat-navs come at a variety of price points with numerous features for everyday use or to accommodate longer distance drivers.
We’ve selected some of the best models out there to help make your driving life a little bit simpler.
1. Garmin Drive Assist 51LMT-D Sat Nav
This Garmin sat-nav has a convenient five-inch screen as well as a pinch to zoom in display for easy viewing.
A built-in dash cam records all the happenings on your drive and immediately saves collision footage upon impact for full peace of mind whilst you are travelling.
The sat-nav has pre-loaded maps for the UK, Republic of Ireland and all of Europe so if you’re planning a road trip across country you won’t be caught out. There’s also free lifetime map updates and traffic alerts – and you can also access speed camera alerts if you subscribe.
Drivers can also connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth for on screen notifications, hands-free calling and voice activated navigation, so you can keep your hands on the wheel, which is exactly where they belong.
Price: £199.99, Argos – buy here now
2. Snooper S2700 Sat Nav
This device has all the features you need to have a smooth and efficient journey.
A brilliant feature of this sat-nav is the junction and lane guidance technology, which helps drivers understand which lane is best for them to be in giving them plenty of time to adjust themselves accordingly.
If you’re planning a trip that requires you to stop at multiple locations, this sat-nav will find the easiest and most cost effective route for you.
If you are driving along a specific route to sight see, the long list of points of interest on this device may be useful for you.
Price: £149.99, Snooper – buy here now
3. TomTom GO 5200 Sat Nav
The TomTom brand is perhaps one of the most recognisable in terms of navigation systems. Traffic updates are extremely accurate and your sat-nav will automatically plan routes around traffic for you.
With built-in WiFi you’re able to access the latest maps and software for your device without needing to plug it in somewhere externally.
It’s also compatible with Siri and Google technologies, so you can use your personal assistant with peace of mind that you are doing so legally and most importantly, safely.
Price: £206.99, Amazon – buy here now
4. Binatone U435 Sat Nav
At £59.99, this sat-nav from Binatone is one of the most cost effective options, without compromising on some useful features.
Confidently travel around the UK and the Republic of Ireland with the pre-loaded maps and speed camera alerts, for no extra cost or without the need for a subscription.
The sat-nav saves routes you have travelled to in the past for extra convenience, as well as lane guidance to avoid last minute lane changes.
Price: £59.99, Argos – buy here now
5. Garmin ZUMO 345LM Motorbike Sat Nav
Just because you aren’t in a car doesn’t mean you might not require a sat-nav from time to time.
The Garmin Zumo is a great option for bike users, it comes with a glove-friendly 4.3-inch screen that is resistant to fuel vapour and harsh weather conditions.
This sat-nav has Bluetooth hands-free control that will allow you to hear directions with your compatible helmet or headset.
Riders can be assured that this device will alert them of sharp curves, speed cameras and many more situations that could affect travel time.
Price: £299.99, Amazon – buy here now
6. TomTom Via 53 Sat Nav
The TomTom Via 53 sat-nav has a wide range of integrated features, making it simpler and faster to use.
Built-in bluetooth, WiFi and Siri allow you to easily connect to your smart phone completely hands-free to make or receive calls, answer messages and more.
This sat-nav has a pre-loaded full map of Europe, so you can travel to wherever your heart desires conveniently, comfortably and safely.
Price: £149.00, Halfords – buy here now
7. Jimwey Sat Nav
The Jimwey sat-nav isn’t as sleek looking as some of the other options on the list, however, it does have a host of cool features not to be sneered at. And for the price you really can’t go wrong.
This sat-nav has an impressive 7-inch screen (bigger than any of the others) as well as pre-loaded maps and maps of other countries like USA and Canada that you can download.
One of the best features of this model is its multi-function abilities for different uses, rest assured whether your driving a car, riding a bike or operating a lorry – you can use this sat-nav.
Price: £59.99, Amazon – buy here now