One In Seven 'Put At Risk By SatNavs'

Charity Urges Drivers To Use Devices Sensibly


Andrew Robinson, Press Officer | 0113 218 6463
One in seven drivers who use satellite navigation claim that following the devices' instructions have put them at risk of an accident, according to a new survey.

The poll, commissioned by Direct Line and road safety charity Brake, found that 15% of Satnav users admit to making illegal or risky manoeuvres to correct mistakes caused by relying on the devices' directions.

Another 7% said SatNav distractions have caused them to swerve or brake suddenly to avoid a collision. For young drivers aged 17 to 24, this proportion increased to more than one in ten (11%).

Brake says that while SatNavs can be a convenient and safer alternative to maps when used properly, drivers must remember to keep their full attention on the road when using them.

"Driving is an unpredictable activity, so you still need to look at signs, particularly those warning of hazards or speed limits, and watch for people and unexpected problems," said the charity's deputy chief executive Julie Townsend.

Expert Opinion
Properly used satellite navigations systems should be a safer form of navigation than being distracted by reading directions or reading off maps whilst driving, but the emphasis should be on sensible use to avoid them putting motorists at risk of being involved in an accident.

“To avoid the devastating impact accidents can have on those involved it is important all motorists take their responsibility for their safety seriously by keeping their eyes on the road and concentrating at all times.

“It is very concerning that young drivers, who are statistically at a greater risk of being involved in road collisions, are more likely to be distracted by SatNav in their vehicles. A split second loss of concentration is enough to cause an accident on the roads and it is crucial motorists remain vigilant while behind the wheel.”
Neil Whiteley, Partner