Motor insurance: Sat-nav gets motorists in trouble

Friday, 31 August 2007

While some motor insurance policy holders swear by their sat-nav systems they should be aware that they are sometimes a hindrance.

Villagers in the Vale of Glamorgan have had to put up signs warning sat-nav-using motorists that their sat-nav is not reliable in their area.

Putting up the road sign was a response to traffic halting when heavy goods vehicles, whose drivers were following their navigation device, ended up down narrow lanes which they couldn't get out of for hours.

A spokesman for the council's highways department said: "The proliferation of satellite navigation aids used in heavy goods vehicles and their over-reliance, especially by overseas drivers, has presented itself as a problem within the Vale of Glamorgan.

"A number of these drivers are using routes that are clearly signed as unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles."

"They are continuing with their journey only to find, after travelling some distance, they cannot proceed any further."

This follows the news that Britons are getting worse and worse at reading maps, so when the sat-nav goes wrong they are left without the ability to find their way.

Computing magazine said that motorists should not become overly dependent on the devices and use them as another tool.

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