Motorists waste 29 hours every year using sat navs 2 years ago

Motorists waste 29 hours every year using sat navs

Please make a U-turn.

When it works properly it can be the most useful invention known to man, perfectly guiding you around a big city or down a tiny little country back road which has room for only one car. When it doesn't work, it can cause absolute chaos.

When it doesn't work, it can cause absolute chaos.

There is a love/hate relationship with sat navs for sure and a new study has found that motorists waste the equivalent of 29 hours using them every year.

The report, which was commissioned by mytaxi, found that time is lost when the device sends drivers either the long way or wrong way to their destinations.

The figure of 29 hours was based on analysis by mytaxi of the proportion of journeys undertaken that were delayed by the use of a sat nav.

Of the 2,000 drivers surveyed, 27% said that confusing directions were the most annoying aspect of sat navs.

Your natural reaction to a dysfunctioning sat nav is to shout out at it and almost half of those surveyed have had a "verbal disagreement" with their device, with 31% admitting that they shouted at it "as if it was a real person."

The majority (52%) of respondents admit they "switch off" and pay little attention to road signs and landmarks once a sat nav is leading the way, which just shows how dependent we have become on them while driving.

No matter how much it is letting you down, sometimes it is easier to cling on to the failing sat nav than actually turning it off and trying to figure it out on your own or with a map.