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60% of drivers suffer from 'Satnav Rage'

More than half have tried to outwit their device

Nearly two thirds (60 percent) of satnav users admit to losing their temper with the device, says Skobbler.

Research of 2,000 drivers by the satnav app developer revealed 'Satnav Rage' is a common occurrence for many Brits. One in five (20 percent) admit to getting frequently riled by their navigation device, while one in ten (10 percent) say at least one thing happens on every journey to stress them out.

On average, Brits make at least nine journeys in their car every week and use their satnav on at least two of these occasions, although the destination must be an average of 38 miles away for a driver to consider using the device. A quarter also admit to blindly following the instructions issued by their device.

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Of the things that rile drivers, being sent in the wrong direction was the most frustrating experience, being named by 44 percent of those surveyed. The same number also believe their device isn't offering the quickest route, nearly a third (30 percent) get frustrated at loss of GPS signal and 25 percent have problems ensuring the device remains stuck to the windscreen.

Half of driver said they shout and swear in frustration when they experience problems with their satnav while ten percent stop the car because they're so hacked off. One respondent even admitted to throwing the device out the window of the car. As a result, 47 percent said they have a love/hate relationship with their sat nav.

"It certainly seems that drivers are experiencing a new form of rage as a direct result of the shortfalls of their satnav device," said Marcus Thielking, co-founder of Skobbler.

"The sole purpose of any satnav is to assist drivers in getting from A to B, safely and efficiently, and it appears that some satnavs are simply not living up to motorists' expectations."

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Over half (51 percent) of driver claimed they have tried to outwit their satnav but as a result 20 percent have ended up lost and five percent admitted to finding themselves stuck down a narrow road.

Furthermore, over half (51 percent) said they never update the maps on their sat nav. One in five (20 percent) blamed this on the cost, while 11 percent admitted they didn't even know it was possible.

"This is most likely a significant contributing factor towards drivers' frustrations of their satnavs sending them in the wrong direction," added Thielking.

Seven in ten believe smartphone navigation apps will substitute dedicated satnav devices in the future, and 40 percent claim they'll never buy a dedicated satnav device again.

"The conclusion we draw from the survey is that whilst satnav is here to stay, the dedicated satnav device is out of date, expensive, inconvenient and not very user friendly. It's only a matter of time before the more convenient and wallet friendly smartphone navigation application takes the top spot."


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