by Paul Sanders
There's no need to ever be lost with a GPS navigator system, but you can't use a handheld GPS unit in your vehicle without having it safely mounted. Vehicles come in many shapes and sizes, so manufacturers have responded with several different GPS accessories to mount your GPS navigator securely for safe use while traveling. Here are the top five ways to mount your GPS navigator unit in your vehicle.
Vent mounts. Several GPS navigation mounts clip to the HVAC vents on you dashboard. Usually, these mounts include clips that slip over your heating and A/C vent blades. The mount itself consists of an adjustable frame and connections for either an adaptor plate or cradle, which holds the actual GPS navigator. An adaptor plate or cradle will usually be included with your GPS navigator.
Handlebar mounts. You can mount a GPS navigator to your motorcycle or scooter by securing a mounting clamp to one of the handlebars. A mounting or adaptor plate can then be attached to the clamp, and you can connect your GPS navigator to the vehicle's battery.
Suction cup mounts. An easy way to mount your GPS navigator to your vehicle is by using a mount with suction cups that attach directly to the windshield. You will want to check the dimensions of the mount and the GPS navigator together to compare with the space available between your dash, your windshield and your rearview mirror.
Weighted, no-slip mounts. A GPS navigation mount doesn't need to physically attach to your vehicle. Mounts that use no-slip materials can produce enough friction to stay in place even if you take a sharp turn. They will usually be weighted down as well, keeping your GPS navigator in the optimal position.
Beanbag mounts. Beanbag dash mounts are great because they are easy to remove. Bean bag mounts use a flexible beanbag pad with a stiff, no-slip backing. You can then adjust the bean bag to fit your GPS navigator bracket to hold it in place. Then you place the GPS navigator with the mount anywhere on the dash. This mount will typically be weighted to prevent it from slipping.
Don't operate your GPS while driving. Distracted driving can be deadly to you, your passengers and other people on the road. If you are driving alone, set the waypoints to your destination on the GPS before you start driving. If you need to adjust your GPS navigator's settings, pull over first. That way you can give your full attention to the road.
Make sure neither the GPS navigator nor the mount obstruct your view. It's important to see the map on your GPS, but it's more important to be able to see the road. Choose a method to mount your GPS navigator that leaves your view of the road clear.