Sat nav has a positive effect on driving safety

Sat nav has a positive effect on driving safety

The results of the study indicate that the use of a satellite navigation device:

  • Heightens awareness and reduces the driver's stress levels and workload
  • Improves driver behaviour, and reduces travel time and the number of miles driven when driving through an unknown area to an unknown destination

Better awareness: Drivers across Europe and the US report that they feel more in control and alert when using a navigation device. In the UK, 74% of drivers said that they feel more in control when driving with a satellite navigation device, and 55% feel more alert. Just 9% disagreed with this statement.

Less stressed and more relaxed behind the wheel: In all countries, reduced stress proved to be an important reason to use a satellite navigation device. Around three quarters of UK drivers confirmed that they feel more relaxed (77%) and less stressed (74%) when using a navigation device.

The majority of users in most countries indicated that the use of a navigation system makes it easier to keep their attention on the road (59% in the UK). Just 13% disagreed with this statement.

In the instrument-assisted vehicle studies, changes in driving behaviour were observed by a researcher/driving instructor sitting beside the participant. When driving with a navigation system, significantly fewer driving errors were observed. For instance, in the US, the instrument-equipped vehicle study revealed that more dangerous and unsafe driving took place without a navigation system.

Similar positive results on the effect of navigation solutions on drivers' behaviour were uncovered by the survey. For instance, in the UK, the majority of users (52%) feel they drive more safely with a navigation system, while just 7% disagree.

Fuel and time saving: The driving experiment proved that the use of a satellite navigation system reduced the number of miles driven and the time spent travelling when driving in an unknown area to an unknown destination. In Germany alone, mileage was reduced by 6.5% and time by 11.2%.

Commissioned by TomTom, the research was conducted during March-May 2008 amongst a representative sample of drivers in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the US. Additionally, in-car studies of drivers were conducted in Germany and the US.


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