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How to Get My TomTom to Stick to the Dash of My Car

Updated April 17, 2017

The TomTom Global Positioning System is a portable device designed to mount inside your car and travel with you outside the driver's seat. TomTom and other companies make an array of mounting devices, docks and holders meant to keep the GPS device firmly planted on your car's dash but make it easy to remove. When attaching the device to your dashboard, choose one of a dozen accessories that fit your TomTom to ensure safety while driving.

Choose a mounting device, such as a sticky disk, a "beanbag" holder or a dock, which comes with a special sticky pad.

Pick a spot that is in your line of vision, such as the left side of your steering wheel. Plant the mounting accessory on your dashboard. The accessory will have a sticky underside designed not to mar your interior.

Pop your TomTom onto the mounting accessory. A "beanbag" holder will tightly cradle the GPS, while many holders are built to clamp its edges.

Take a test drive around your neighbourhood before heading out on any big trips, making sure the TomTom is firmly planted on your dash.

Relax if the mounting device is not your perfect fit. Save your receipts and return ill-fitting mounts. Companies continue to unleash new mounting kits, and many a GPS user has tried out a few mounting rigs before finding the ideal fit for his vehicle.

Tip

Double-check that the mounting kit you buy will properly hold your specific TomTom model. Be wary of "universal fit" claims, since GPS device sizes vary in width and height.

Warning

Avoid adhesives that can scratch your dashboard and GPS. Mount the TomTom so it never interferes with your view of the road or devices such as airbags. Attach the TomTom so that you do not have to lean or stretch to see it.

Things You'll Need

  • Mounting disk, holder or dock
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About the Author

Gwendolyn Filosa, a newspaper reporter since 1996, earned a bachelor's degree in English literature at Indiana University. Her work has been published in various daily newspapers through the Associated Press. She lives and writes in New Orleans, La.