According to the Daily Mail a ‘potentially deadly new craze’ called ‘sat-nav racing’ is sweeping Britain’s roads.
The aim of the game, says the Daily Mail, is to beat the car’s GPS system by arriving at a destination faster than its estimated time of arrival.
The Daily Mail cites a survey carried out by Sainsbury’s car insurance, which reveals:
- 7.2 million motorists – a fifth of all drivers – have admitted to sat-nav racing.
- 3.6 million motorists admitted to breaking the speed limit when racing against their GPS in the last 12 months.
- 144,000 sat-nav racers admit to having being involved in a collision with another vehicle or hitting a parked car.
- 216,000 have hit the kerb while driving erratically and dangerously.
- 161,000 drivers have flashed their lights or gesticulated at other drivers to try to get them to speed up so they could race to their destination.
Ben Tyte, head of car insurance with Sainsbury’s Finance, said: “Our research shows a worrying trend of drivers racing against the projected arrival time set by their GPS systems.
“Used correctly GPS units are a fantastic invention that help drivers navigate effectively and concentrate on the road far more than when using maps or printed directions.
“However, we are encouraging drivers using this new driving technology to have the safety of any passengers, other road users and pedestrians at the forefront of their minds and not be tempted to become GPS racers.”
Philip Gomm of the RAC Foundation said: “Drivers should treat their sat-navs as guides, not gospel. We all know that real life gets in the way of the best planned journeys, and motorists need to leave enough leeway for unforeseen circumstances, rather than being intent on racing the clock. Breaking the law to try and beat a machine is not acceptable.”
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