Further to the Daily Mail article that the lorry driver who killed a family of 6 may have been distracted by a SAT-NAV (the Times today however, say it was a computer), I have found this article on Sillicom.com saying that SAT-NAVs ARE causing numerous accidents as motorists have been distracted using them.
“Many drivers can’t imagine life without their trusty sat-nav – but the motorist’s best friend is being blamed for causing hundreds of thousands of accidents and near-misses.
Direct Line Insurance say that a worrying two per cent – or more than 290,000 drivers across the UK – said GPS has caused them to be involved in an accident or near-miss. But the survey also suggests sat-nav devices distract and confuse millions of drivers, and encourage a variety of dangerous driving behaviours.
Worrying effects on drivers include almost a fifth (19 per cent) of sat-nav users who said it caused them to dawdle or hesitate on a busy road; 18 per cent who said it reduced their awareness of what was going on around them; 11 per cent who said it made them lose concentration while driving; and 10 per cent who said it caused them to make a dangerous, late or illegal turn.
Yet various companies are developing high tech in-car systems to embed far more driver-assistance technology into vehicles, with plans to wirelessly connect cars to the internet and each other in future, bringing far greater scope for driver distractions.
Maggie Game, head of motor insurance for Direct Line, said drivers should seek to reduce the number of in-car distractions and should try out different sat-nav models before they buy to evaluate their ease of use.
She added in a statement: “Motorists need to realise that while sat-navs are a helpful navigation tool, drivers should not follow their instructions to the detriment of road safety. If a sat-nav system gives you an instruction which is likely to endanger other road users, you should ignore it”
Isn’t it about time SAT-NAVS were banned (yes, it will upset people) before any more lives are lost.
In September 2007 ” warning of the new driving-with-a-mobile-phone law, it also mentions:-
“Sat-navs and MP3 players would also be considered distractions bad enough to cause dangerous driving” in the upgraded law.
The snag is motorists still ignore the safety warnings and carry on regardless, that’s why these should be banned. They just can’t be trusted to obey. Motorists think they can get away with it.