Satnav to help you beat the traffic congestion

In their "Weekly Scoop" the Which? magazine has highlighted two satnavs which have useful live traffic features which can help you get round traffic congestion - one a budget model and the other with "just about every bell and whistle"

How does live traffic data work?
Live traffic data works by looking at road conditions along your route and send the information to your satnav, which can then adjust your journey if a faster route is available. This traffic information can come from a range of sources - these include speed and location data from other vehicles on the road, information from fellow satnav owners, and traditional traffic reports. Some satnavs take historical data into account too, predicting rush hours or holiday tailbacks before they even happen, based on previous traffic reports.

What is IFTTT?
It is short for “If This, Then That”. IFTTT is an easy way to automate tasks that might otherwise be repetitive or unable to talk to each other. It works like this: users are guided through a process to make simple scripts or“recipes,” where some type of event in one device or service automatically triggers an action in another. IFTTT is also completely free, and well supported. There are now more than 300 channels — which are what you reference when creating recipes — spread across a range of devices and services, including social networks, smart appliances, smart home systems and devices. More

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Garmin Drive 51LMT-S
5 inch TFT LCD touchscreen, preloaded maps for UK, ROI, full Europe, speed camera alerts no subscription required, free lifetime map updates and free lifetime traffic updates to help you plan your route. For traffic updates you have to pair the satnav with your smartphone to receive live traffic updates. It will let you know whether roadworks are taking place and if there's a major accident on your route, helping you to plan or re-route your journey.
Argos: £99.99 (was £109.99)
Currys: £109.99

TomTom Go Premium X
5 inch screen, you get trusted road and traffic guidance backed by IFTTT integration, lifetime traffic and speed camera warnings and live traffic and map data free of charge through a built-in SIM card. With a large screen and plenty of route planning options, it has just about every bell and whistle there is. Unlike most apps and some budget models, there’s no need to worry about data. The Premium X receives live traffic and map data free of charge through a built-in SIM card.

Halfords: £279.50 (was £299.99)

GARMIN GPS satnav air vent mount
A convenient way of mounting a satnav away from the windscreen in an MGV8 or a daily driver car is one of Garmin's mounts.

Mounted in the grille of an air vent
They are available online from Currys-PC World at only £12 including VAT. More
and from other online traders.