Wary Brits won’t put faith in satnav
WE’VE all had our frustrations with satnav, but now a study has shown that more than half of British motorists don’t trust them.
The Manheim Auctions survey found more than one-third of users have got lost using satnav, with 15 per cent missing events such as a job interview, wedding or first date.
However, Queensland model and the voice of many GPS systems, Karen Jacobsen, has sprung to the defence of the device which has been named the most important motoring development of the past decade.
‘‘Well the first thing to remember is that in Britain, you must get the post code right or you are going to be in all kinds of trouble,’’ she said.
‘‘Like all machines, your GPS is only as good as the information you plug into it.’’
Recently a family became bogged and stranded for several days in northern NSW when they followed their GPS up a dirt road, ignoring road warning signs.
The British findings also showed satnav to be a source of aggravation for many drivers with 30 per cent admitting it caused arguments with fellow passengers.
‘‘It sounds like good news to me that 70 per cent of drivers aren’t reporting any aggravation,’’ she said.
‘‘I am constantly being told how much peace I bring to relationships because they take out their frustrations on the GPS instead of each other.’’