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

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How to Get My TomTom to Stick to the Dash of My Car
The TomTom GPS device is meant to rest firmly on your car's dashboard. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Mounting disk, holder or dock

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Instructions

  1. 1

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

    How to Get My TomTom to Stick to the Dash of My Car
    Remove any item from your car's interior that may block the GPS. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    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.

    How to Get My TomTom to Stick to the Dash of My Car
    Not all cars have the same amount of dashboard area. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)
  3. 3

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

    How to Get My TomTom to Stick to the Dash of My Car
    Many states have strict laws on using any mobile device while driving. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)
  4. 4

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

    How to Get My TomTom to Stick to the Dash of My Car
    Always choose safety first when reading a GPS device. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    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.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.
  • 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.

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