You satnav is misleading you, isn't it?
Satnavs have one job - to tell you how to get to your destination. However, 83% of British drivers reckon that they've been misled by their directional gizmo with some even going as far as to blame some car damage on them.
Research from Confused.com has concluded that satnavs have caused over £200 million worth of damage to drivers on UK roads, thanks to accidents caused by misleading directions.
68% of drivers have worked out that they've ended up doing longer journeys after following the directions given by their gadgets. 45% have felt angry and frustrated while behind the wheel thanks to satnav-rage (which needs a much catchier name), leading to 31% of British motorists spending between £100 – £500 on satnav related car damage.
As Gareth Kloet, Head of Car Insurance at Confused.com, says: “As car insurance costs continue to rise, it’s never been more important to keep your motoring costs as low as possible. Our research has shown that the satnav is not always the blessing it was once hailed to be and increasingly, motorists appear to be sighting the device as a source of frustration and danger!"
Confused have created a satnav blackspot map, where you can enter details of the ones you've discovered or know about, which they hope "will not only help reduce risk, but we also hope that frustrated drivers get back behind the wheel a little happier."
There is also legislation due, which means that satnav manufacturers will have to update their maps more regularly to prevent this misdirection.