Friday 19 January 2018

So I'm not alone on sat navs, but why do so many get a bum steer?

DISTRACTING: SatNavs <b>Credit:</b> Getty Images
DISTRACTING: SatNavs Credit: Getty Images
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

I KNEW I wasn't the only one who dreads sat navs when they decide to embark on a journey of their own. I just knew it -- a new survey shows that.

Sat navs can be brilliant and exasperating in equal measure. I use and ignore them in equal measure too. I was in a car with a real whiz kid recently and I have to admit he was brilliant. But I was driving, so that meant he could devote all his time to tweaking it. And he told me to ignore several of the sat nav's instructions ("make a U-turn if possible") until it caught up with us. Hello, I thought it was supposed to be the other way round.

Now I see this new survey has discovered that most motorists still prefer printed maps. Older drivers especially are least happy.

The poll of 23,824 found that 63pc used a printed map in the previous six months with 60pc using a sat nav.

A mere 17pc rely on sat nav alone, though as many as 43pc of drivers between 18 and 24-years-old use one.

The survey, for the AA, discovered that 11pc plan their journeys with a map and take written instructions with them. But only 5pc of 18-to-24-year-olds do so.

Is there a generation gap on sat navs? Why should there be? If you buy something, you should get service from it. Is there a case to be made for a decent run-through of sat navs at point of purchase?

I know I am not alone in finding that over-reliance on sat nav can bring me somewhere I never intended to be. Only recently one of these devices got into a right old whirr and nearly had me passing myself in the opposite direction.

Let me know what you think.

Irish Independent

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