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In fact, I don’t think I know anyone who has not had an incident with their sat nav which hasn’t led to much frustration on their part.
Since the introduction of sat navs some years ago, people have gone from the old-fashioned method of looking up an AA road atlas, or simple word of mouth, to solely relying on these small computers to get themselves from a to b. Big mistake. The thing that we need to remind ourselves is that computers are not actually human, and therefore it is very unwise to solely rely on them for anything.
This week, it has been reported that drivers are becoming increasingly reliant on satellite navigation to get them where they want to be, which can even prove to be dangerous. In fact, the damage caused by misleading sat navs has been estimated at more than £203 million over the past year.
New research has indicated that 83 per cent of UK motorists have admitted to being misled by their sat navs, with more than half those people owning up to actually shouting at their machines when they have found themselves lost!
The latest findings, conducted on behalf of Confused.com, has revealed that the £203 million quoted is a result of accidents which have been caused by misleading directions, and subsequently, very stressed out drivers.
In fact, it has been claimed that men are more likely to blame their car damage on their sat nav machine than actually take responsibility for it, whereas women will freely admit that their sat nav has led them astray, causing them to have an accident. Women have also been found to get more frustrated than men with their sat navs, with 57 per cent admitting to screaming at their unit when it lets them down.
Confused.com has subsequently suggested that British motorists publicly register their sat nav black spots in the future, in the hope it might make other drivers more aware of the potential hazards of solely relying on such machines.
In fact, if I’m going on a journey (having experienced many a stressful time getting lost in the middle of nowhere thanks to my sat nav), I now always take a print out from Google maps or AA routeplanner as a back-up, just to be on the safe side. I’d suggest you do the same.