U.K. drivers race to beat their GPSIn Electronics
When was the last time your car’s GPS gave you an estimated time of arrival to your destination and you didn’t feel the slightest bit compelled to beat the time?
We’ve all been there, deriving that competitive pleasure from the knowledge that we have bested our inanimate on-board computer.
In fact, according to a recent U.K. study, 50% of the 7.2 million drivers surveyed said they had driven over the speed limit to “beat” their GPS.
But while commonplace, the practice is also hazardous. The same survey found that 144,000 of those 7.2 drivers surveyed had been involved in a collision with another automobile, 1.2 million of them had run through yellow lights, and 570,000 did not slow down at intersections and roundabouts.
“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,” said Ben Tyte, head of car insurance at Sainsbury’s Finance, the company that commissioned the study from ICM Research.
“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,” Tyte continued.
Despite increased awareness of the practice, it is likely to increase as more and more drivers make use of on-board GPS systems.
So next time you are tempted to shave those extra few minutes off your estimated travel time, just think: is it really worth breaking all sorts of traffic rules to beat that disembodied voice coming out of your dashboard?