'Real men don't use sat-nav'One in five male drivers prefer a map

18 December 2006

Cars in a traffic jam

One in five male motorists think satellite navigation (sat-nav) systems are for ‘wimps’, according to a new survey.

The poll by www.motorinsurance.co.uk found that ‘real’ men rely on their own navigational skills or, at worst, a map.

Sixty per cent believed sat-nav was a great technological advance but 26 per cent said such systems weakened navigational skills in the same way that calculators have weakened mental arithmetical skills.

The poll results come after the best-seller Why Men Don't Listen And Women Can't Read Maps revealed that the wiring in male and female brains is significantly different and affects how we perceive the world, each other and map reading.

Technological advance

Paul Cosh, Managing Director of motorinsurance.co.uk, said people should be wary of relying too much on technology.

‘Sat nav is a fantastic technological advance but, like all technology, it does sometimes fail.

‘Only recently, an Essex ambulance crew drove 200 miles in the wrong direction after relying on a faulty satellite navigation system.

‘A journey of less than 10 miles, which should have taken 30 minutes, lasted more than nine hours. This shows a reliance on technology, where common sense should have prevailed.’