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Dangers of young drivers racing to beat the sat nav

Mon, 11/12/2017
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Dangers of young drivers racing to beat the sat nav

One of the joys of a sat nav is the estimated time of arrival it gives you. This enables you to see the remaining time on your journey decreasing as you travel, which should be seen as a helpful addition, not a challenge to beat.

James Salmon, The Mail Online, reports:

A significant number of young drivers are playing a dangerous game of 'beat the sat nav', according to the AA Driving School.

The new driving test requiring learner drivers to follow a sat nav comes into force Monday.

While this is designed to reflect what it is like to drive in real life, many younger drivers have picked up a bad habit from the technology which could put themselves and other road users at risk.

More than one in 20 (7 per cent) of drivers aged 18-to-24 and 8 per cent of those aged 25-to-34 say the estimated time of arrival (ETA) on their Sat Nav is a target they try their best to beat. Overall, 2 per cent of drivers say they race their sat nav.

Young drivers (9 per cent of 18-24-year-olds and 7 per cent of 25-to-34-year-olds) were also least likely to say they were not interested in the ETA and only used a sat nav for navigation. This rose to 19 per cent among the over-65's.

More than 19,300 drivers took part in the poll.

Edmund King, AA President, said: 'Technology is always changing the way we drive and the development of in-car systems like sat navs mean drivers must learn how to use them safely. Racing your sat nav is a dangerous and futile game.

The best pace to set for your journey is the one that gets you, and everyone else on the roads, there in one piece.'

Further changes to the test will be introduced next year when learner drivers will be allowed on motorways under the guidance of a fully qualified driving instructor in a dual-controlled car.

Sat navs consider speed limits and traffic when planning your journey, meaning the estimated time of your arrival is usually quite accurate. Trying to speed up your journey can result in reckless driving, including speeding, making it a dangerous habit for young drivers.

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