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A huge proportion of drivers are now relying on modern technology to help them get from A to B. And while, on the whole, sat-navs are one in a range of extremely useful tools available to motorists they can lead to frustration when they lead us astray.
However, a recent study has found that too much reliance on sat-navs has lead to a possible decrease in driving skill for some motorists. The problem is due to one of concentration; in a similar way that it has been found that talking on a mobile phone can reduce attention levels and lead to impaired driving.
After taking repeated tests in a driving simulator participants were found to have driven less safely with a sat-nav in the car than without. The tests showed that although a few simple instructions were easy to cope with many drivers’ ability faltered when too much information was available.
Driving errors included swerving on the road, speeding up and failure to notice pedestrians all of which would likely lead to a higher risk of accidents and even fatalities.
On the positive side the researchers found that taking verbal instructions in the car was a really good way to get information to the driver and that it was much safer than trying to use a map whilst driving.