Wednesday, 11 November 2015

The end of the road for the A-Z: The majority of British drivers now use sat navs rather than maps, new poll finds . . .

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The end of the road for the A-Z: The majority of British drivers now use sat navs rather than maps, new poll finds 

  • For the first time, majority of English drivers now rely on electronic satnavs
  • Poll found 52 per cent of those behind the wheel used the gadgets last year
  • Compares to 48% in 2013 and a third in 2009, say Department for Transport
  • But campaigners warn device can pose ‘real danger’ if it distracts drivers

Cited at:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3224611/Majority-British-drivers-use-sat-navs-maps.html

The days of keeping a battered A-Z in the glove box may soon be over.

For the first time, the majority of English drivers now rely on electronic satnavs to find their destination, according to a poll.

Some 52 per cent of those behind the wheel used the gadgets last year, compared with 48 per cent in 2013. 

For the first time, the majority of English drivers now rely on electronic satnavs to find their destination, according to a poll. Some 52 per cent of those behind the wheel used the gadgets last year (file photo)

In 2009, the figure was just a third, the National Travel Survey by the Department for Transport found.

Around one in eight motorists now have an integrated satnav system in their car, while four in ten use a portable version.

However campaigners have warned that the devices can pose a ‘real danger’ if they distract drivers’ attention away from road signs and traffic.

Laura-Louise Salford, 17, was killed in 2012 in East Yorkshire after her TomTom satnav did not warn her of the junction ahead, leading her to drive straight on without slowing down.

A study by Brake found that seven per cent of drivers have had a near miss, having to swerve or brake suddenly to avoid crashing because they were distracted by a satnav.

The charity said there is evidence using a satnav can make motorists drive faster and be less observant, placing themselves and others at risk.


End of the road: The days of keeping a battered A-Z in the glove box may soon be over. Around one in eight motorists now have an integrated satnav system in their car, while four in ten use a portable version

Research carried out by Brake and insurance firm Direct Line in January showed 11 per cent of drivers under the age of 24 were distracted by satnav instructions.

The figure dropped to below five per cent for drivers over 35.

The organisation’s campaigns manager, Gary Rae, said: ‘The satnav is there to help you keep focused on driving rather than worry about directions, but it’s not there to make all the decisions for you.

‘Driving is an unpredictable activity, so you still need to look at signs, particularly those warning of hazards or speed limits, and watch for people and unexpected problems.’ 

Brake has called on drivers to programme their sat-nav before they set off on a journey and not to fiddle with any gadget while driving.








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