7m drivers who never use a map
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.’