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A very useful piece of kit for any TomTom Satnav system is the TomTom Traffic Receiver. The receiver is similar to the cigarette lighter plug-in that allows you to charge your satnav. The satnav is charger through the cigarette lighter socket with this device, but whilst this is happening the reveiver near the end of the cable provides data directly to your satnav about the latest traffic information. Once you plan a route on your satnav, traffic alerts relating to your desired route are displayed in the traffic bar on your screen. This information is very up to date and can cut journey time for heavy users drastically.
The device itself is very well made as it is an official TomTom branded product. Simply replacing your existing car charger it is an easy to use and effective solution to avoiding traffic jams and finding alternative routes before setting off on your journey. As the antenna is located towards the end of the cable that attaches to your satnav, it is well located to picking up signal immediately once your satnav is attached to the window/dashboard.
For under £30 this is a very well priced and handy gadget that will ensure time isn't wasted stuck in jams, and delays can be avoided where possible by replanning journeys before setting off. Although it is an added expense after shelling out good money on a satnav system, I would strongly recommend this product for heavy road users and those that rely very much on sticking to a schedule. As the product can be used regardless of the TomTom you have, it can be kept even if you decide to change the satnav model you may have.
The TomTom Traffic Receiver gets traffic information to your TomTom while charging it. By simply connecting the Traffic Receiver to your TomTom device and plugging it into the cigarette lighter in your car, you will automatically receive traffic information via the TMC connection. Once a journey is planned, traffic alerts which relate to the route are clearly displayed in the traffic bar on the right hand side of the screen. When you tap the icon shown in the traffic bar, you will receive further information, such as the cause or kind of delay to traffic, such as an accident or traffic jam.