Where are we? Third of Mancunians can’t read map properly and rely on sat navs, claims new study

More than a third of Mancunians can’t use a map properly and need to rely on guided directions to reach their destination, according to new statistics.

The research, carried out by GPS technology specialists Garmin, found that one in ten rely heavily on their satnav even to make regular journeys.

But often the satnav is outdated, as 38% of people said they never update the software despite their reliance on the technology.

“The research highlights just how reliant we are on technology to help get us through our everyday routines and it is becoming increasingly clear that without it, people simply feel ‘lost’,” said Kirsty Quartley, Garmin PND Product Manager.

The findings also revealed that 44% of people don’t admit when they are lost to avoid being embarrassed, while 25% of people refuse to ask for directions.

However, 45% of people said they would feel safer having a dash cam (in-car recording device) installed in their car whilst driving, and that if they had the spare cash they would upgrade their satnav.

“Rather than seeing technology as consuming traditional skills like map reading, it should be celebrated for delivering speed, accuracy and safety,” added Ms Quartley.

“For example, dash cams are now seen as an important tool in helping to reduce road rage and side-vision cameras to eliminate blind spots to keep vulnerable road users safe.

“Our sat nav usage has evolved over time from being a tool that just gets you from A-B to delivering features that help reduce the stress of driving.

The research, which was conducted by Garmin to celebrate their 25th Anniversary, also found that women are twice as more likely to worry about their appearance and groom themselves while driving than men.

However, over a quarter more men compared to women admitted to being too proud to ask for directions.

Mancunians admitted to liking the West County accent least for the voice of their satnav, but 29% of people would prefer a Yorkshire accent.

Image courtesy of Georgie Pauwels, with thanks

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