11 Million motorists unable to read map

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London (Reuters) - As many as 11 million British motorists are unable to read a basic road map, according to a survey released on Monday.

The poll revealed over three quarters of British drivers were unable to identify the motorway map symbol, while only one percent of motorists would pass the Cub Scout Map Reader badge test.

"It's pretty embarrassing the majority of Cub Scouts have better map-reading skills than the majority of the adult population," said Colin Batabyal, head of underwriting and business development at eSure, which carried out the survey.

Sixteen percent of British drivers have become so heavily reliant on satellite navigation systems that they have given up keeping a map in their car.

"It's time for motorists to take a refresher in map-reading skills," said Scott Sinclair of national mapping agency Ordnance Survey. "Technology is great but the batteries won't run out on a paper map.

"No serious hill walker would rely totally on a GPS device in case the power goes or the signal is lost, so it should be the same for the motorist," added Sinclair.

The survey -- based on a poll of 1,000 UK drivers -- estimated Britons' poor map-reading skills resulted in 36 billion wasted miles being driven each year.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUKL0545572920070807
 
#3
Funny, I always thought that there were more than 11 million women drivers.
 
#5
The quote was interesting: in my experience most of them couldn't read a map before they became reliant upon satelite navigation.
 
#6
Bad show. I don't have sat nav but I do have an up-to-date road map in my car, and I use it too, when my inbuilt nav system (in my noggin) fails.

Just checked - need to get a new map, its last years...
 
#7
11 million Asylum Seekers are issued with Sat-Nav with benefits Offices marked as "Favorites" and number one POI!
 
#8
explains the lack of maps in the shops

I know several people who use satnav and made total prats out of themselves doing so. Can't understand why they trust the tech so much - it designed by humans, built by humans and programmed by humans and the humans chosen to do the work probably have 1 brain cell beteween them.
 
#9
oldbaldy said:
London (Reuters) - As many as 11 million British motorists are unable to read a basic road map, according to a survey released on Monday.

The poll revealed over three quarters of British drivers were unable to identify the motorway map symbol, while only one percent of motorists would pass the Cub Scout Map Reader badge test.

"It's pretty embarrassing the majority of Cub Scouts have better map-reading skills than the majority of the adult population," said Colin Batabyal, head of underwriting and business development at eSure, which carried out the survey.

Sixteen percent of British drivers have become so heavily reliant on satellite navigation systems that they have given up keeping a map in their car.

"It's time for motorists to take a refresher in map-reading skills," said Scott Sinclair of national mapping agency Ordnance Survey. "Technology is great but the batteries won't run out on a paper map.

"No serious hill walker would rely totally on a GPS device in case the power goes or the signal is lost, so it should be the same for the motorist," added Sinclair.

The survey -- based on a poll of 1,000 UK drivers -- estimated Britons' poor map-reading skills resulted in 36 billion wasted miles being driven each year.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUKL0545572920070807
You may not meet anyone to ask directions on the hill, you are, however usually going to meet someone to "ask" directions in the street. If not, you can just drive on till you see some signs.....ppffttt. People talk sh1te.

I am sure there are about 11 million women drivers.....Maybe if you include orifices....
 
#10
I am an officer but I can read a map AND operate a GPS. Yes, actually I am a Gunner! How did you guess?
 
#13
Cuddles said:
I am an officer but I can read a map AND operate a GPS. Yes, actually I am a Gunner! How did you guess?
I have met lots of officers who THOUGHT they could read a map.........
 
#14
Cuddles said:
I am an officer but I can read a map AND operate a GPS. Yes, actually I am a Gunner! How did you guess?
Well done!! You obviously had a good SNCO who dedicated a great deal of his spare time nurturing you.
 
#15
I remember driving for an officer up around the border between BiH and Croatia. He decided to do the map reading and took us straight into the middle of a suspected minefield. Thankfully, before he decided to step out the vehicle and stretch his legs, I did a quick check with my GPS to confirm our location and we backed out of the area very carefully. He very quickly handed the map reading over to the Staff Sgt who was with us.

Ish
 
#16
oldbaldy said:
London (Reuters) - As many as 11 million British motorists are unable to read a basic road map, according to a survey released on Monday.

The poll revealed over three quarters of British drivers were unable to identify the motorway map symbol, while only one percent of motorists would pass the Cub Scout Map Reader badge test.

"It's pretty embarrassing the majority of Cub Scouts have better map-reading skills than the majority of the adult population," said Colin Batabyal, head of underwriting and business development at eSure, which carried out the survey.

Sixteen percent of British drivers have become so heavily reliant on satellite navigation systems that they have given up keeping a map in their car.

"It's time for motorists to take a refresher in map-reading skills," said Scott Sinclair of national mapping agency Ordnance Survey. "Technology is great but the batteries won't run out on a paper map.

"No serious hill walker would rely totally on a GPS device in case the power goes or the signal is lost, so it should be the same for the motorist," added Sinclair.

The survey -- based on a poll of 1,000 UK drivers -- estimated Britons' poor map-reading skills resulted in 36 billion wasted miles being driven each year.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUKL0545572920070807
This makes me feel so normal knowing that there are 11 million British motorists just like me who rely totally on a GPS device :D
 

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