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Route racing is common among British motorists, research shows.
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Brits 'race' sat-nav to improve routes

Brits 'race' sat-nav to improve routes

The majority of Brits who use satellite navigation systems in their cars have pitted their wits against the device in order to reach their destination before the predicated time.

Research from Manheim Auctions shows that 80 per cent of British motorists have taken part in so-called 'route racing' to challenge their sat-nav or keep themselves amused on the road.

The approach involves using advanced knowledge about road works and congestion to alter a route, forcing the sat-nav to catch up and alter its planned direction.

AA head of road safety Andrew Howard said route racing is a good example of "the triumph of man over machine" on the road.

"Modern traffic information coupled with local knowledge means drivers can know things that the sat-nav doesn't. They can also out-think the sat-nav and keep to main roads in snow and ice because they are more likely to be safe," Mr Howard commented.

Other recent findings from Manheim Auctions indicate that a third of Brits have become lost after following sat-nav directions without questioning them.

Ford recently introduced a new sat-nav system that is built into the rear view mirror of its models.ADNFCR-3205-ID-800054588-ADNFCR