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Mounting your mobile phone or sat nav device inside your vehicle is very common these days whether you are travelling for work or pleasure. However, with several phones and sat nav mounting options available, and with technology often evolving faster than legislation, it is essential to research which mount is the best option to keep yourself safe and avoid a fine. 

According to the Highway Code, windscreens and windows MUST be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision. Found under Annex 6. Vehicle maintenance, safety and security under vehicle maintenance.

Although there is no specific rule to say where exactly you should mount your sat nav device or a smartphone in your car, the Department for Transport has guidance to define better what may be permissible regarding your windscreen.

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From the Department for Transport Guidance: View to the front and windscreen obscuration:

  • Zone A is a vertical area 290mm wide, centred on the steering wheel and contained within the swept area of the windscreen (this area is 350mm wide on vehicles over 3.5 tonnes);
  • Zone B is the remainder of the swept area of the windscreen.

In Zone A, a single damaged area shall be contained within a 10mm diameter circle. A combination of minor damage areas shall not seriously restrict the driver's view. Windscreen stickers, or other obstructions, shall not encroach more than 10mm.

In Zone B, a single damaged area shall be contained within a 40mm diameter circle. Windscreen stickers, or other obstructions, shall not encroach more than 40mm.

Items placed in or stuck to the windscreen could be stickers, pennants, satellite navigation monitors or decorations.

Original vehicle design features and drivers aids, such as sun visors, are allowed.

Vehicles that do not comply with the above could be construed to be in contravention of the legislation.

To best avoid a fine when mounting your device or sat nav inside your vehicle, Brodit offers ProClip mounts that securely snap into your dashboard or console without risking obstruction of your line of vision in your windscreen when driving. 

The Brodit solution is a 2 part system that consists of a Brodit Holder and ProClip. The Holder is device-specific or adjustable to fit your smartphone or sat nav device with or without a case. The Brodit ProClip mount is made specific to your vehicle, easily fit into place and creating a plate where you can screw the Brodit Holder to the mounting plate without damaging your car.

Your phone will remain safely out of the way and within sight, so you can focus on driving. 

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Step 1

Choose your Brodit Holder:

The neat and discreet design blends with your vehicle's interior, and your phone is held securely in place in an upright position for maximum cellular reception and equipped with a tilt swivel to easily adjust the angle for better viewing or switch between portrait and landscape mode. Tilting 17° and swivelling 360°. Attach onto ProClip Mount.

Step 2

Choose your Brodit ProClip Mount:

The ProClip mount is easy to install within a minute. Snap the ProClip into place in gaps in your dashboard interior — no special tools or dismantling of your dashboard. Then attach your Brodit holder to the mount, and you're ready to go! The material is of high-grade black ABS/Acetal plastic. Detailed instructions included.

You can safely use your phone or sat nav if you have hands-free access. Remember only to use a hand-held phone or sat nav if you are safely parked.

For more information and Brodit ProClip mounts and holders, please get in touch with us at info@babol.co.uk and sign up for our newsletter to receive exclusive news and offers only for subscribers. 

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