- New research reveals that almost half of drivers (40%) rely on using a Sat Nav when driving somewhere new
- Almost one in four of 25-34 year olds (22%) use their Sat Nav every time they drive. Whereas, 55-64 year olds are the least reliant on a Sat Nav, with 20% claiming they never use one
- Following this research, Zuto went on to conduct an experiment that tested two couples on their ability to get to a location without the use of a satnav
Car finance experts at Zuto have conducted research to uncover the nations habits when it comes to directions and reliance on satnavs.
With 92% of those surveyed admitting to using a Sat Nav on some occasion when driving, it’s clear that we’ve put our map reading skills to one side.
From uncovering which gender and age groups are most likely to rely on a satnav and maps to find locations, Zuto highlights how much we turn to this technology as a nation.
Male drivers rely on Sat Navs more than female drivers
Research found that male drivers are more reliant on the technology than women, as one in seven (13%) of male drivers use a sat nav every time they drive, in comparison to only one in twelve of female drivers (8%).
However, when driving to a new destination, one in three female drivers (30%) feel nervous, in comparison to just one in ten (9%) male drivers in the same situation.
When asked what the most important feature in a car is, two fifths of both male and female drivers (41%) deem having an installed satnav an important feature when purchasing a new car. Showcasing just how important this technology is in our modern-day life.
Drivers in older age groups are less likely to use a sat nav
Research has found that the age group least likely to ever use a Sat nav is those aged 55-64, with 20% of drivers claiming they never use one. This is in comparison to the 25-34 age group where just shy of a quarter (23%) claim that they use a Sat Nav every time they drive. Highlighting how age affects drivers’ reliance to technology.
How drivers reacted under pressure
When travelling to new locations, the research uncovered that almost one fifth (19%) of Brits feel some level of nerves, which could be a reason why 93% of us either have a satnav installed in our car already, or turn to our phone before making a journey.
With this in mind, and to investigate this research further, Zuto conducted an experiment with two couples from different age groups, one with a sat nav and one without, to see which pair would reach an unknown destination the quickest. The full video can be viewed here.
Commenting on the research, Lucy Sherliker, Head of Customer at Zuto says:
“The modern-day society which we live in is becoming increasingly technologically advanced. Because of this, we wanted to research how reliant drivers are on Sat Nav technology and what difference the use of them makes in how drivers feel about travelling to a new destination.
“Whilst looking at various variables such as age and gender and our physical experiment, we have highlighted just how reliant we are as a nation on Sat Navs.”
To find out more information about the research, visit here: https://www.zuto.com/blog/sat-nav-dependency/