YP Comment: A lack of direction

THE Department for Transport's decision to compel learner drivers to use sat navs is driven by the best of intentions '“ it believes that Britain's roads will be safer if motorists know how to use this technology correctly.

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However, this remains to be seen. It could be argued that the county’s roads have become more dangerous because drivers don’t have a sense of direction and invariably find themselves lost at the most inconvenient moment.

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And there’s another factor which Transport Ministers Andrew Jones, and his officials, appear to have overlooked. Judging by the disruption caused by HGVs being driven down unsuitable roads, or the fact that almost half of drivers have had a ‘verbal disagreement’ with their device according to a new survey, this suggests that sat navs are missing the most important fail-safe of all – common sense. As such, they’re no substitute for basic geography – a life lesson which is in danger of becoming lost in time.