7m driv­ers who never use a map

Daily Mail - - Life -

MIL­LIONS of Bri­tons have never picked up a road map and would have no idea how to use one if they did.

The ar­rival of the sat­nav and smart­phone apps with maps and spo­ken word di­rec­tions have ren­dered maps re­dun­dant for many mo­torists.

Re­liance on such de­vices raises ques­tions about what hap­pens when the sat­nav loses its GPS con­nec­tion or rec­om­mends a route that is un­suit­able or even dan­ger­ous.

Crit­ics also claim it re­veals a lack of cu­rios­ity in driv­ers about where they are trav­el­ling. Many, par­tic­u­larly young adults, have no idea where to find some of the coun­try’s most fa­mous land­marks, says the sur­vey.

The re­search by the Post Of­fice says more than seven mil­lion adults have never used a roadmap and 2.5mil­lion of th­ese would not know how to use one.

A spokesman said: ‘Roadmaps are par­tic­u­larly for­eign to younger adults, with over a third of peo­ple in their twen­ties hav­ing never used one.’

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