Motorists reveal sat-nav reliance

The extent to which British motorists would be lost without their satellite-navigation systems has been revealed by a new survey.

The poll by Multimap revealed that up to 20% of car travellers managed to get totally lost for more than an hour. Compounding this problem about one in three drivers detest asking for directions, with 25 to 34-year-olds the most reluctant to seek help, which gives a pretty good indication why sat nav systems have become so popular.

Women aged 25-34 are revealed to be the best at planning trips, with the planning experience being most enjoyed by people over 65. Based on responses from 2,000 people, the survey showed that men tend to be functional in their pre-trip planning and just want to get to their destination as quickly as possible.

Bad planning leads to arguments for 39% of travellers, while 17% find that not working out routes in advance has led to travellers going hungry or without a bathroom break.

Of those who get lost, 4% have given up and gone home and 6% have sworn they are never going away again.

Social psychologist Donna Dawson said: "Women are natural planners and organisers. Both halves of the female brain communicate with each other more effectively, meaning women's thinking tends to be more diffuse and multi-dimensional.

"This means that they are better at contingency planning, and working out the best places to stop, childcare facilities en route and so on, which also makes them feel more in control."

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