Navman Blog Australia
Buy someone a dash cam this Christmas and you’re not only giving them a new piece of cool automotive technology, you’ll also keep them safer on our increasingly busy post-lockdown roads, and save them hundreds or even thousands in fines, loss of excess and expensive insurance premiums.
If you didn’t own a dog before 2020, chances are you have one now. Pet ownership around the world has gone up exponentially, and now with borders beginning to re-open, it’s time to plan a holiday. And one that includes Fido.
It’s incredible isn’t it, how many car drivers seem to think motorbike riders are born with a sixth sense and the ability to move out of their way in an instant.
Is what to buy a dad this Father’s Day driving you around the bend? The answer is looking out for them.
What to buy for your dear old dad? It’s a question that has many scratching their heads as ideas of aftershave, socks and jocks inspire yawns in virtually all of us.
Your dad has always looked out for you, so this Father’s Day why not keep him safe by looking out for him, and get him a sleek new dash cam?
Is there anything more unfair for a driver than this scenario?
You never know when you’ll need the footage captured on your dash cam, so it’s important it’s always working perfectly. And the difference between a dash cam working well or not is often simply the type of micro-SD card in the device.
When you’re driving around Australia on your next trip, do check out the galleries. You’ll find them easily when you hit search in your Navman.
If you’ve flown rather than driven to Darwin, hire a car and pack your Navman. While the population is just around 130,000 the city is quite spread out and you’ll appreciate the cool comfort of the air-con whatever time of year you’re visiting.
Out of the earth, four mighty concrete silos rise, crowd together overshadowing any building close to them. In front of the silos, backdropped by a brilliant blue winter sky, a modest caravan and car are parked and dwarfed by the storage giants.
If you’ve never been on a road trip to the Outback, now could be the time to go. Do pack a good hat, sunscreen and your Navman. You don’t want to get lost out there with no mobile coverage and no idea where you are. Australia’s Outback pubs are like no others, so do make sure you drop in and visit one of classics but if you get a thirst on, make sure you have your designated driver with you or, better still, stay the night.
The tiny island of ‘Tassie’ has an abundance of attractions and experiences to indulge in. Its roads go through some of the most spectacular landscapes and coastlines you’ll see in Australia.
If you feel you need a few more creature comforts than camping allows, why not try a getaway in an RV? It’s the common acronym for “recreational vehicles” which just means travelling in a in a caravan, camper van, motorhome or camper trailer, and usually with comfier beds than a tent as well as your own cooking and often bathroom facilities.
We’re often asked, what is the best way to view the footage from my dash cam and while you can look at it on the device itself, most screens are fairly small. A much better option is to use MiVUE Manager.
“Did you get it?” It really is the last thing you want to worry about if you’re been in an accident or seen something incredible on the road ahead. You buy a dash cam to be able to record incidents on the road ahead (or behind, if you have a rear camera), you want to make sure your device is recording properly.
It’s all about fresh air, fun, freedom and affordability
Australia has seen some pretty tough times this past summer with whole towns devastated by bushfires while hundreds of Aussies have lost their precious homes. However, one of the great things that arose from this tragedy is a show of how incredibly community spirited and big-hearted Australians really are with donations flooding towards bushfire relief efforts.
Wouldn’t the road be a wonderful and less stressful place to be, if the world was full of decent drivers like us?
Want to know what to buy for your nearest and dearest drivers to keep them safer on the roads, read on …
If you want to buy someone a dash cam this Christmas, you’re not alone. The rise in popularity of dash cams over the past 12 months is nothing short of remarkable. One in five Australian drivers currently has a dash cam, with more than half of these bought in the past year.* In the event of an accident, today it is who presents the best evidence that convinces the Police and insurance companies.
What’s worse than being in a car accident when you don’t have insurance? Being blamed for an accident that wasn’t your fault and being stung $600 or more for the excess/
Whether your device comes with monthly or quarterly updates, with so many new roads opening especially in major cities, you want to make sure your Navman is as up to date as possible.
Nine things the Navman team recommend you do before you head off on the road
If your dad has always looked out for you, maybe this Father’s Day you should buy him something that really looks out for him – a MiVUE “daddy dash cam”!
Idiots did exist before mobile phones were invented but the devices have certainly been a wonderful catalyst for extremes of dangerous behaviour, and nowhere is that danger more pronounced than when they are being used behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Despite some successful experiments, automated cars are still far from being a feature of our daily lives. The infrastructure involved in moving to such a world, and the number of technological issues that need to be resolved, mean that we are still some years away.
Ahead of the Easter holiday weekend and ANZAC Day holidays, automotive technology brand Navman is backing Police calls to be extra vigilant on the roads
Typically, when you do a daily drive you are focused on getting from A to B as fast as possible, particularly if it involves a commute or an errand. You want to minimise turns or take the roads that move fastest – no time for dawdling. You simply plug into your GPS where you want to go and up comes the result. Simple.
Every parent or guardian knows full well what this time of year means: it’s back to school. Relaxed holiday routines are thrown out the window and now there is the added pressure of making sure the children get to school at the right time, often during peak-hour morning traffic or back home during busy afternoons.
Want some Christmas inspiration? No matter which grown up you’re buying for … we’ve got some fantastic ideas for presents for all types of drivers, priced from just $119 AND don’t miss out on our great Christmas cashback offer (gifts for them, cash back for you!)
Love your car and want to get the most out of it? This simple tip may save your life (and the life of others) and save you $$$
How often do you check your tyre pressure? Once a year? Before a long road-trip? Well, we heard something interesting from one of our staff, whose husband works at a luxury car dealership’s aftercare service. The dealership was getting a lot of complaints from customers about the need to replace tyres of these cars far more frequently than they would have expected. The complaints were enough for the supplier of their tyres, to come in to have a chat with this dealership.
Growing up, we had a Kirby vacuum cleaner. I remember mum paid a ridiculous price for it, which the salesman justified because it “would never die.” This heavy, upright contraption would clunk around the house sucking up straight lines of dirt and dust, no matter how rough we were or how many times it was dropped down the stairs (“accidently” or not). It might have needed a tune up here and there, but as the salesman promised, all through my childhood and teens, this monstrosity refused to die.
At Navman we care hugely about road safety. It’s why we’ve spent so many years adding new features and fine-tuning how our devices provide guidance through visual, verbal, audio cues. We’ve studied how people drive in different circumstances, and we know that how they drive in urban areas is different to driving longer drives in rural areas.
What are all ‘the bells and whistles’ - getting the most out of your Navman: Safety Features – Part 1
We’ve been designing, developing and building the best satellite navigation systems for more than 15 years. In those early days our navigation and safety alerts were good but admittedly fairly basic and over that time we’ve brought out new features onto different devices as technology has evolved, processors have sped up and drivers have wanted better guidance, and more safety features.
Did you know that in most Australian states, if you’re a Learner, P1 or P2 driver, you can’t use can’t use your phone in the car at all, not even for maps on your mobile phone? From this September, in New South Wales you will lose five demerit points (up from four) if you are caught using your mobile phone while driving. Any Learner or P1 driver in NSW caught using a phone while driving will immediately lose their licence.
Winter is well and truly here in the Australian and New Zealand ski fields with big dumps of snow across the resorts. Whether your preference is skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, tubing or snow–shoeing, this is a great year to be driving to the mountains.
If you’re facing the tax time trauma of looking through your vehicle’s log book and wondering how you forgot to write down all the entries, there’s a simple solution at hand for next year. Use your Navman. Navman’s digital mileage logbook records your trip details and then produces mileage reports, making expense record keeping - and tax time - a breeze.
If you’re one of the lucky people heading off on the roads of Europe or North America to escape Australian or NZ winter, here’s one thing you must pack: your Navman GPS with international maps loaded.
A recent Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report has revealed fuel prices are at their highest since 2015!* To help ease the damage this can cause your hip pocket we have compiled some handy tips on how you can cut down on the amount of fuel your car is burning. You’ll also be doing the environment a favour by lessening your greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint.
Buying a new car is always exciting, but it is a significant investment, so how do you find a car that is going to be perfect for you now and in the years to come? A car that may be great for one person may not be great for another. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help you find the best car for you.
There must have been something in the air in the 80s because that decade produced a lot of songs about cars and driving. For your listening pleasure, we’ve compiled the top cars and driving songs of the 80s.
“Oh yay, it’s car rego time” – said no one ever. If you’ve wondered what that annual (or bi-annual depending on how you choose to pay) hit to the hip pocket payed for, here’s a quick breakdown:
How did we manage to get our kids to sporting grounds before the days of the GPS? Seriously, it is difficult enough to get one child dressed in a clean correct uniform on a Saturday morning, let alone find new playing fields in a new suburb.
1 May 2013 - Following the launch of Navman’s MiVue digital drive recorder range in late 2012, Navman has released the top of the range MiVue 388 with highly advanced features including GPS tracking, speed information, and a new flexible mount design. With these great extra functions and more, the MiVue 388 captures even more detailed information to protect drivers against fraudulent accident claims, road rage incidents and will help capture who is at fault if a collision occurs. The MiVue 388 can also capture your off road adventures and scenic routes that you can share with others.