Ever since Little N arrived I’ve become so much more concerned about driving as safely as possible; not that I was ever an unsafe driver, I’m now just very aware that there is another little person’s life in my hands while I drive around in a couple of tons of metal and that little person can be quite a distraction while driving!
When I was asked to be a safety and security tester for Tesco Compare and offered the opportunity to see how the Garmin Nuvi 50 sat nav helps with driving safely I jumped at the chance. I always try to make sure I write down directions to my destination but I inevitably end up missing a turn or get confused at a roundabout and when travelling with an impatient toddler that’s really not ideal. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve ended up pulling over to phone my fiancé in a panic and ask him to guide me back to where I’m meant to be going!
The Garmin Nuvi 50 has a large 5 inch touchscreen and comes with a mount to attach it to your car windscreen. It has an in-car charger but no USB lead – fortunately the lead for my camera fits it perfectly so I was able to update and access the user manuals using that. It turned out that I really didn’t need any manuals as the sat nav is incredibly simple and straightforward to use. Simply follow the menu options that pop up to enter your destination or search for street addresses. You can set your home address meaning wherever you are just hit the Home button and it will guide you back.
Don’t worry, I wasn’t driving AND snapping photos!
It is quite a basic sat nav, it doesn’t come with bells and whistles, it simply gets you from A to B which is perfect for me. Anything more than that I would start to get confused! The maps are clear although I tend to prefer listening to vocal instructions when I use sat navs; I generally glance every now and then to see how long there is left on the journey or see how far until the next junction, for example. The lady’s voice is clear and perfectly easy to understand and the instructions are concise, meaning I can just tap in where I need to go and concentrate on driving instead of worrying about getting lost.
If you’re looking for a straightforward, easy to use sat nav I would definitely recommend trying one from the Garmin Nuvi range as they are brilliant - thank you Tesco Compare for the chance to try it out!
Disclosure: This post was in collaboration with Tesco Compare. However all thoughts and opinion
remain my own.