RACQ warns drivers about correct GPS navigation placement

GPS and sat-nav navigation systems can be a fantastic tool in running a fleet of company vehicles.

By ensuring that drivers are taking the most direct and efficient routes, they can reduce the overall rate of fuel consumption and limit the chance of accidents occurring as well.

However it is important to remember that poorly placed GPS systems - for example, GPS systems that block a drivers view - can often create a heightened risk of an on-road incident occurring.

The RACQ has this month issued a statement warning that any motorist who drives with an incorrectly positioned GPS unit risks a hefty fine, or worse, a serious accident.

"The most common type of sat-nav at the moment is the ‘hang on aftermarket device’, which attaches to the windscreen with a suction cup," explained RACQ spokesperson Joel Tucker (March 20).

"Unfortunately, a lot of drivers stick them in the centre of the windscreen, with no thought about what effect it could have on their view of the road and potential traffic hazards."

While individual penalties will vary across Australia, Mr Tucker has warned that Queensland motorists found with an incorrectly positioning GPS device or sat-nav device are liable for a fine in excess of $250.

Mr Tucker recommends that drivers position their navigation devices "at the lower right corner of the windscreen", or if this is not possible, "low down in the centre of the windscreen".

"Avoid placing it on the left side of the windscreen if a passenger airbag is fitted, as the screen is usually used to deflect the deploying airbag into its correct position," he concluded.

If you are a fleet manager concerned about the wellbeing and safety of your drivers it might be worthwhile passing along this advice to any employee who uses a GPS or sat-nav device.