Not often I get the chance to write two blogs in one week, but when I’ve got something as impressive as this new TomTom sat nav to tell you about, it would be rude not to!! I could really have done with it just a few nights before, when having finished my shift on QVC at 1am, I found the M4 was closed!
I don’t have a sat nav in my car, and although I had a rough idea of where I was meant to be heading, I had to pull over, and use the map on my iPad several times. Needless to say, it wasn’t ideal and I was tired, getting home at least half an hour later than I had hoped to. That’s just one of the scenarios I’m sure you can identify with, but with this new TomTom I could have avoided all that.
First thing I noticed was a far larger screen – 6″ and a foldaway screen mount which sticks like a limpet! Whichever way you turn it, the screen will automatically flip to the right way up. The minute you turn it on, where you are is on the screen. Using the menu, and larger keyboard makes it incredibly easy to tap in an address, so if you can use a touchscreen, then you can use this!
As soon as you begin to put in the letters, it finds your destination with its intuitive search function. Tap on the map, and instantly you have your route and the time of arrival, and as they’re in 3D, you can actually see buildings and landmarks really clearly! Of course it may be a restaurant, railway station or services that you need, and again, this information is right there for you. Even the street names are read out, so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road!
It’s not just roads in this country TomTom can navigate its way around either. Included are detailed maps of Western Europe which include Points of Interest as well as phone numbers and opening times – all the information you could need at your fingertips!
And as we live in an ever-changing world, TomTom are including Lifetime Updates allowing you to download at least four complete map updates in a year – that’s a lot of roadworks and closures covered! You can choose routes that avoid motorways, although with the Advanced Lane Guidance, you can clearly see WHICH lane to take at key junctions – no more hissing through gritted teeth – “We were meant to come off here!!”
Imagine how much happier you’d be if your kids, who have just passed their driving test, had one of these? They’d always know where they were, and always know how to get back home!
I took a drive around Chiswick Park to put TomTom through its paces and was very impressed…
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So, if you love driving but hate getting lost or having to find your way around road closures then I would highly recommend the TomTom Start 60, and if you’d like to win the one I used in the film, then I’ve set a little competition.
All you need do is to tell me your worst/funniest/most frustrating journey you’ve ever had, when you clearly could have done with a sat nav! Doesn’t matter how long or short they are, just post them below as a comment, and we will pick a winner on Thursday April 30th and announce it here in my blog.
I’ll be with you at midnight on Friday 24th April for the launch of this amazing device at just £99.96 with NO postage or packing to pay – Don’t miss out!
All the best