Latest Obsession: Sat-Nav Racing

June 1, 2009

There are two kinds of staffers here at TCC: those who love their bright, shiny sat-nav systems, and those who don't need no stinkin' help finding the grocery store. However, the ones who fall into the second group may not have fully explored the possibilities that today's sat-nav offers, including weather reports, traffic updates, and "sat-nav racing".

Simply put, sat-nav racing involves beating  the estimated time of arrival your sat-nav system has calculated. Your system says it's going to take you 35 minutes to get to grandma's house, and you say, "Screw that. I know a short cut."

Folks in the United Kingdom are ahead of the curve on this burgeoning and frankly idiotic trend. Autoglass recently surveyed 3,000 British drivers and found that on average, 40% have raced to beat the time provided by their sat-navs. Not surprisingly, the worst of the lot were drivers under 25, of whom 26% are habitual offenders.

Obviously, sat-nav racing is a pretty stupid practice--not only because it's dangerous, but also because when you do arrive two minutes ahead of schedule, there's no one to tell, "I told you so!"  Still, knowing how competitive we can be about much dumber things (beer pong, anyone?), we should've seen this coming.

[source: WalesOnline]

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