By Colin Bird on March 30, 2011
Men are more likely to ignore GPS directions than women are, according to a recent survey. While only 63% of women disobey navigation-directed commands on a regular basis, 83% of men disregard them, according to Swinton, a British insurance company.
For either gender, the number is high — combined, some 79% of motorists are disobeying commands. The reasoning behind the disregard is because motorists either perceive the devices as incorrect or less efficient than alternative ways of reaching a destination. Many motorists report that the navigation-lead directions are wrong all together. We’ve also experienced wrong-headed directions before in our Navigation challenge. Overall, one in five drivers say their navigation systems lead them 1 to 5 miles out of their way.
"A sat nav should aid your own navigational abilities rather than replace them," Steve Chelton, Swinton’s insurance development manager, told Reuters.