Car insurance: Oldies 'get cheeky' with sat nav

Monday, 30 October 2006

Bored drivers are tormenting their satellite navigation systems by deliberately taking wrong turns in order to confuse it, according to a new report.

Saga, a service provider for the elderly, discovered that over 3.5 million UK drivers have attempted to trick their sat nav.

The over 50s proved to be the most mischievous age bracket. Some 76 per cent of this age group admitted taking a quick diversionary route just to trick their computers.

Many Brits questioned said that they would find a polite sat nav preferable, with Joanna Lumley's plumy tones being the most popular celebrity voice of choice.

Manners are evidently important with roughly a half of motorists wanting their sat nav to say "please" and "thank you" when giving instructions.

Just as cheap car insurance provides an inkling of reassurance, a fifth of people said that their sat nav was comforting because it always knows the way.

Older drivers are more experienced so they are likely to be more confident and tolerant also.

However sight and hearing deteriorate with age and so it is important to have regular eye tests and renew your licence every three years once you reach 70.

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