Car insurance: Maps 'get red light' from drivers

Thursday, 05 October 2006

Drivers have forgotten how to use maps and are relying on their satellite navigation systems according to new research.

In an insurance company survey one in five young drivers claim to have never used a map because they opt for online route planners and sat nav devices. Atlases also baffled half of the 18- to 34-year-olds interviewed.

Adam Cracknell, spokesman for the company, told BBC Radio 4: "I think it's a stark reminder of our dependence on digital technology these days."

Dismissing maps in favour of sat nav has had important repercussions for people's sense of direction, according to the researchers. For example, 16 per cent of motorists under 35 were not sure which direction they should take when going from Birmingham to Nottingham.

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