Drivers prefer road atlas to sat-nav to plan journeys

Three quarters of the UK’s motorists (76%) say they still prefer to use a road atlas to plan journey

Three quarters of the UKs motorists (76%) say they still prefer to use a road atlas to plan journeys.. - Credit: PA

Satellite navigation may have become an integral part of many drivers’ daily routine, three-quarters of the UK’s motorists (76%) say they still prefer to use a road atlas to plan journeys.

Drivers in a survey by the AA said they found an atlas more useful to give an overview of a journey.

While satellite navigation systems are useful, a further 65% of drivers said they still used an atlas to check the sat-nav was selecting the best route.

Younger drivers (30%) are less likely to use an atlas than older drivers, with over-65s (70%) the most happy to refer to a road atlas. More than half (58%) of drivers said using a sat-nav means you don’t really know where you’re going but just following directions. Many sat-nav owners admitted their system had got them lost at some point.

Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “With 20 million motorists expected to take a summer holiday this year, involving driving in the UK or abroad, the AA’s road atlases are the motorists’ summer saviour, helping to not only plan routes and get back on track if you get lost but also find great places to explore along the way. It’s great to see that planning days out and holidays were among the top fiv uses of our atlases.”


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