I was having a flick through the 2007 Spring edition of Roadsafe magazine and came across an article that reported on some research conducted by the Dutch research institute TNO. According to the research satellite navigation has significant road safety benefits. A summary of the findings include:
- Sat-nav improved driving behaviour in an unknown area with drivers stopping 25% less frequently with over a 50% reduction in inappropriate actions such as ignoring traffic signals.
- 78% of users feel they have everything under control when using sat-nav therefore reducing stress levels while increasing levels of alertness.
- Reduces distance driven by 16% (so is good for the environment) and reduces time spent travelling to an unknown area by 18%
- Drivers without sat-nav are 12% more likely to make an insurance damage claim for their vehicle.
I have to admit that having sat nav would have saved me a lot of stress last Friday when I got lost trying to navigate my way home from Clapham Junction. I parked my car at the station to watch Kent play Surrey in the Twenty20 cricket game at the Oval and I managed to waste a good hour of my time due to a very poor sense of direction!
If you want to book a satellite navigation unit then Avis GPS is reservable when booking your car hire through www.avis.co.uk (for locations where Avis GPS is available). If you are renting in the US then unfortunately the Where2 sat nav (the product we use in the States) is not yet bookable on the website but you can still request for this to be added to your booking by calling 0844 581 0004.