Looking for a first satnav any suggestions please?

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Found 4th Dec 2017
Hello, my husband has recently got a driving job and needs a satnav. He will be driving 8-10 hours a day using it, he previously used here maps on his phone but the app has gone downhill. He now needs a satnav be it Mobile with an offline app or a dedicated satnav. Can someone please suggest any and also how does the data aspect of it work please? Thanks in advance.
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I'd recommend that your husband downloads and uses Google maps. Has regular updates and I believe you can download journeys beforehand so they're available offline although traffic updates are handy if you can keep the data on.
I think this is a case of pick any stand alone sat nav that you like, usually a few deals on HUKD, but make sure it has
Big quality touch screen
Lifetime Map Updates
Traffic Info
My car has this all fitted as standard, I drive 20k miles a year and it makes life easier. My van has a stand alone TomTom which does the same thing, just as good. I have used several of the smartphone apps, they are great for occasional or holiday use. Currently using NavMi in the USA which is good and works offline.
You don't say what type of driving job he has, if it is large vehicles there are specialist units for HGV's etc. where you can define the size of the vehicle and navigate accordingly.
Edited by: "airbus330" 4th Dec 2017
Satnav sales are dropping because the majority use their mobile (as discussed on the recent episode of The Gadget Show)

my5.tv/the…e-9

Jon Bentley looks into the multitude of navigation apps on the market

I'd recommend buying a good handsfree device (just in case one isn't fitted in the vehicle he'll be using)
Get a cheap phone, sim from there with 200mb free data a month an you are sorted
I use Navigator free, available on the app store. I use it on my 8" tablet so I can see it at a glance, it can be used off line and it's really easy to select a route, add waypoints etc. The notifications are brilliant...timely, loud and often, never miss a turning or get in the wrong lane at a roundabout. The only downside is the lack of traffic updates, so I also have Google maps running, but mute, and I just look out for any red roads. If there's any I pull over to check before I commit myself. This combo has never let me down.

I Have a tom tom in the company coach...I turn it off now. It's set for width, height and weight but still tried to send me over weak bridges, and through residential areas with width restrictions. Absolute cr*p!!
Edited by: "mrty" 5th Dec 2017
Thank you to all who responded. My husband is a taxi driver and I will definitely look into all you have suggested.
aishakhan8941 h, 38 m ago

Thank you to all who responded. My husband is a taxi driver and I will …Thank you to all who responded. My husband is a taxi driver and I will definitely look into all you have suggested.



Presumable he will use the satnav often then...?

With that in mind, remember using a mobile phone whilst in charge of a vehicle will result in a fine and/or points...


I'd suggest a dedicated stand alone satnav, TomTom being the best of the ones I've used.
andynicol3 h, 37 m ago

Presumable he will use the satnav often then...?With that in mind, …Presumable he will use the satnav often then...?With that in mind, remember using a mobile phone whilst in charge of a vehicle will result in a fine and/or points...I'd suggest a dedicated stand alone satnav, TomTom being the best of the ones I've used.


So will using a sat nav. If the phone is in a cradle fixed to the dashboard or windscreen and you are not required to touch it whilst driving then it is legal.
cmdr_elito31 m ago

So will using a sat nav. If the phone is in a cradle fixed to the …So will using a sat nav. If the phone is in a cradle fixed to the dashboard or windscreen and you are not required to touch it whilst driving then it is legal.



Of course if you don’t touch it it’s perfectly legal.

Difference between mobile phone and a stand alone satnav is that it’s illegal to use the mobile phone, no excuses, whereas the satnav isn’t illegal to use, can get fined for driving without due care but it’s not illegal per se, something a professional driver should be taking into consideration, especially when there’s a good chance they will use whilst in charge of a vehicle, even parked up with keys in ignition counts, i.e. parked in a taxi tank.
Edited by: "andynicol" 5th Dec 2017
Does anyone have an idea how much data is used if using the Sat Nav for 10 hours a day?
aishakhan89419 m ago

Does anyone have an idea how much data is used if using the Sat Nav for 10 …Does anyone have an idea how much data is used if using the Sat Nav for 10 hours a day?



I have used Google maps for a few hours and that was around 50mb so I would guess no more than 150mb per day.
jinkssick32 m ago

I have used Google maps for a few hours and that was around 50mb so I …I have used Google maps for a few hours and that was around 50mb so I would guess no more than 150mb per day.


Thanks
I find that google maps doesn't work where there is no wifi signal. I live in Surrey and there are lots of dead zone which has GPS signal for a satnav, but no wifi signal for google map and the satnav apps don't work without wifi even though I have downloaded the map on to my phone.

For a cab driver, I would think a dedicated satnav would be better than a mobile phone, as google map drains the battery and cuts off where there is a wifi blind spot.
mutley148 m ago

I find that google maps doesn't work where there is no wifi signal. I …I find that google maps doesn't work where there is no wifi signal. I live in Surrey and there are lots of dead zone which has GPS signal for a satnav, but no wifi signal for google map and the satnav apps don't work without wifi even though I have downloaded the map on to my phone.For a cab driver, I would think a dedicated satnav would be better than a mobile phone, as google map drains the battery and cuts off where there is a wifi blind spot.


Thank you 😊
aishakhan8944 m ago

Thank you 😊




I just want to point out that unless your husband will be driving around a Costa Coffee dropping people off at their tables then the phone will be using mobile data, not WiFi.
RossD892 h, 29 m ago

I just want to point out that unless your husband will be driving around a …I just want to point out that unless your husband will be driving around a Costa Coffee dropping people off at their tables then the phone will be using mobile data, not WiFi.


thanks, funny but informative.
andynicol21 h, 26 m ago

Of course if you don’t touch it it’s perfectly legal.Difference between mob …Of course if you don’t touch it it’s perfectly legal.Difference between mobile phone and a stand alone satnav is that it’s illegal to use the mobile phone, no excuses, whereas the satnav isn’t illegal to use, can get fined for driving without due care but it’s not illegal per se, something a professional driver should be taking into consideration, especially when there’s a good chance they will use whilst in charge of a vehicle, even parked up with keys in ignition counts, i.e. parked in a taxi tank.

bbc.co.uk/new…ing

This sums it up quite well.....
cmdr_elito13 m ago

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39133018/mobile-phones-what-you-can-and-cant-do-when-youre-drivingThis sums it up quite well.....



"If it (in regards a mobile phone in a cradle used as a satnav) pops up with a message which requires just one press of a button, such as 'A faster route has been found. Accept/ Decline' you should be OK to do this, as you would with an in-built sat-nav.'

Doesn't really sum it up at all IMHO, I'd rather stick with the letter of the law, and that states its illegal to use a mobile phone whilst in charge of a vehicle (or words similar for the pedants )

I think a professional driver should also stick by the law..
mutley19 h, 47 m ago

I find that google maps doesn't work where there is no wifi signal. I …I find that google maps doesn't work where there is no wifi signal. I live in Surrey and there are lots of dead zone which has GPS signal for a satnav, but no wifi signal for google map and the satnav apps don't work without wifi even though I have downloaded the map on to my phone.For a cab driver, I would think a dedicated satnav would be better than a mobile phone, as google map drains the battery and cuts off where there is a wifi blind spot.


Try mapfactor navigator mutley, download all maps no data required.
It's free, unless you want truck version, low bridges weight limits etc
shadey1218 m ago

Try mapfactor navigator mutley, download all maps no data required.It's …Try mapfactor navigator mutley, download all maps no data required.It's free, unless you want truck version, low bridges weight limits etc


will try it. i downloaded an app before but i cant remember its name and it would not work unless there was mobile data signal even though people said it should work without mobile data signal. we are going to be driving in spain next year so having a back up app that doesnt use mobile data as a back up for our satnav will be really helpful
mutley123 m ago

will try it. i downloaded an app before but i cant remember its name and …will try it. i downloaded an app before but i cant remember its name and it would not work unless there was mobile data signal even though people said it should work without mobile data signal. we are going to be driving in spain next year so having a back up app that doesnt use mobile data as a back up for our satnav will be really helpful


Try it, I have it on a few tablets with no SIM slot, so obviously no data needed.
Speed camera warnings free updates, loads of options for setting road/vehicle preferences.
I only use Google maps if I'm expecting bad traffic. The rest of the time I use this.
andynicol8 h, 54 m ago

"If it (in regards a mobile phone in a cradle used as a satnav) pops up …"If it (in regards a mobile phone in a cradle used as a satnav) pops up with a message which requires just one press of a button, such as 'A faster route has been found. Accept/ Decline' you should be OK to do this, as you would with an in-built sat-nav.'Doesn't really sum it up at all IMHO, I'd rather stick with the letter of the law, and that states its illegal to use a mobile phone whilst in charge of a vehicle (or words similar for the pedants )I think a professional driver should also stick by the law..


Law states HANDHELD mobile phone......if it’s in a cradle it’s not held in your hand......
Would also recommend investing in a dashcam for obvious reasons.
cmdr_elito11 h, 58 m ago

Law states HANDHELD mobile phone......if it’s in a cradle it’s not held in …Law states HANDHELD mobile phone......if it’s in a cradle it’s not held in your hand......



The point I'm trying to get across is that even touching a mobile phone in a cradle whilst in control of a vehicle, even if parked, is treated as using your mobile phone whilst driving.

There was a major crackdown on this very scenario earlier this year, and is treated harshly, and seen by some as bad as drink driving.

Stand alone satnav units differ in that there is no law that states specifically you cannot use it whilst in control of a vehicle....

I know which side of caution I'd prefer to be on.
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