Drivers Regularly Scream at Their Sat-Navs, Still Prefer a Road Map

Drivers still rely on road maps to get to their destination, poll reveals 7 photos
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Getting lost in a strange city or country can be reason enough for an argument between spouses, or at least that’s what we’ve been shown should happen by Hollywood flicks.
In reality, many drivers admit they would be lost without their sat-navs. Younger drivers are most likely to rely on technology to make their way on roads they’re not familiar with, a poll by Europcar reveals.

According to the figures released to, about 28 percent of the polled drivers admit they would be lost without their GPS or a similar device to help them get to their destination. Drivers aged 25 to 34 are the most likely to use sat-nav to get around, with about 80 percent of respondents saying they would never use any other method.

Older drivers are more traditional, it would seem. Those aged over 65 are more likely to use the old-fashioned paper road map, as revealed by the poll: almost half of respondents say they have one such item in their car for longer trips into stranger lands.

Overall, 40 percent of respondents say that they rely on a road map to get around, which means we still have some way to go before technology becomes truly indispensable.

Not surprisingly, only 36 percent of the polled drivers admit they would stop to ask for directions.

As for drivers’ tendency to scream at their sat-navs when they give the wrong directions (which is not as uncommon as we’d like it to be), Europcar UK managing director Gary Smith says it’s probably for the best.

“Perhaps arguing with an inanimate device – rather than the passengers – is preferred,” he says. “It seems we are in a transition when it comes to what we use to find our way to a new destination, but there’s no doubt that the reliance on sat-nav is increasing.”
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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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