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Using a sat-nav can save you time and also allow you to explore routes you never knew existed easily and without needing to stop to read a map, but there are a few things to bear in mind before you set off on your next ride…

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The IAM’s chief examiner, Peter Rodger, gives his top seven tips to help navigate you through your journey:

  1. Before setting off make sure you have an idea of the route.

Knowing your north from your south can help you check the sat nav is not sending you to the wrong destination and means you don’t have to rely on it for the whole time.

  1. Carry a road atlas with you

You might need it if you have wrongly programmed your satellite navigation system. Also, you might need a backup in the unlikely event of the GPS signal failing. Whatever you do, never drive around aimlessly in hope that a lost signal will come back again.

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