AS HOLIDAY makers hit the road these school holidays, RACQ has warned motorists to ensure their GPS is installed in the right position.
RACQ's Lauren Ritchie said motorists are risking their safety and the chance of being fined, by placing satellite navigators where they obstruct their view of the road.
"We are seeing more and more drivers place their GPS in the middle of the windscreen, seemingly unaware that it could be blocking their direct line of vision," Ms Ritchie said.
"While it may seem like common sense, we urge drivers to instead fit their GPS to the lower right corner of the windscreen."
Under Queensland regulations, police may issue a fine in excess of $250 for mounting an item that blocks a driver's view of the road.
Ms Ritchie also reminded motorists to avoid making changes to their GPS while driving.
"Always program the destination into your GPS before starting your journey," Ms Ritchie said.
"If you need to change the address, make sure you pull over in a safe place first.
"Taking your eyes off the road for even a split second can have devastating results."
RACQ has the following advice for drivers when fitting a portable GPS:
- Fit to the lower right corner of the windscreen to minimise intrusion into the driver's field of view
- Avoid placing it on the left side of the dash if a passenger airbag is fitted
- High up on the windscreen should be avoided as this will often interfere with rear view mirrors and sun visors and result in the power cord trailing across the driver's field of view
- Ensure power leads do not interfere with or become entangled in vehicle controls.