Survey: drivers don't trust their sat navsA third have been 'completely lost', survey shows

10 August 2010

Drivers 'don't trust their sat navs'

Drivers 'don't trust their sat navs'

Over half of British drivers own or use a sat nav, but just one in eight trusts it to take them to the correct destination, according to new research.

Manheim Auctions, which commissioned a survey of 3,000 motorists, found that over a third of respondents had got 'completely lost' while following their sat nav.

Fifteen per cent of those questioned even claimed their sat nav was responsible for them missing an important event like a job interview, wedding or first date. And more worryingly, 30% of drivers admitted that their sat nav had caused arguments with fellow passengers.

Sat nav problems

'The sat nav has revolutionised the way we navigate from A to B, and has quickly become the car navigation gadget of choice,' said Craig Mailey, client services and marketing director at Manheim Auctions.

'However, it’s always wise to exercise a degree of caution when using one and not follow it blindly. Some destinations cannot be pinpointed exactly, and we’ve all heard horror stories of people stuck in dangerous places because they’ve only paid attention to the voice and not the road around them.'

Which? has reviewed dozens of sat navs to see which offer the best guidance and clearest mapping.

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