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At first glance, motorhomes and sat nav seem like a match made in heaven – and by and large, this is true. They are a great help in unfamiliar places, especially towns and cities.
However, care needs to be taken. We’ve all seen the news stories about lorry drivers who blindly followed their sat nav’s instructions and ended wedged down a country road for two days. Driving a motorhome using GPS maps designed for cars, this could happen to you, too.
Even worse, without taking care to assess your route properly, you could end up falling foul of a low bridge or width restriction – not fun at all, especially if you are abroad.
Fortunately, all you need to do to prevent this is to use a bit of common sense, plus a second navigation device – the mark 1 eyeball, which you probably already own.
Make sure you know the height and width of your motorhome and remember that a sat nav is just a different type of map. You do not have to do what it says:
If a road looks like it might be too tight or has signposted size restrictions, don’t turn into it.
- Unlike a normal map, most sat navs will automatically work out a new route to your destination if you divert from your current one.
Depending on the size of your motorhome, it might be worth buying a Trucker’s Road Atlas for the UK – these have all bridge heights, etc., marked on them.
For the UK at least, POI (point of interest) files containing height and width restriction information are readily available for sat navs. This means that you can load the information into your sat nav and be pre-warned if there are low bridges or width restrictions on your route.
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