Thrill seeking drivers have started trying to beat the predicted arrival time on their GPS systems, according to a recent survey.
New research has found that 7.2 million drivers admitted to trying this new phenomenon in 2010 alone.
Sainsbury’s Finance found that almost 3.6 million drivers admitted to breaking the speed limit in order to beat the GPS.
Drag racing has clearly been taken to a whole new level with 51% of motorists confessing to exceeding the speed limit in order to beat the GPS.
Those racing towards the finish line aim to reach their destination before the estimated time of arrival.
This dangerous new craze could see the number of accidents increase.
Almost 150,000 GPS racers have admitted to being involved in a collision with another vehicle or parked car in the last year.
With the advance of technology and satellite navigation systems, many drivers now rely heavily on GPS systems to direct them regardless of the length of the journey.
It now appears that millions of drivers are trying to beat the technology by frantically racing towards the end point of their journey.
The research found that 322,000 drivers admitted to overtaking when prohibited from doing so and 241,000 motorists have tailgated other vehicles in order to save time.
A rather disturbing 161,000 drivers have admitted to flashing their lights unnecessarily at other cars to encourage them to speed up.
“Our research shows a worrying trend of drivers racing against the projected arrival time set by their GPS systems, “ said Ben Tyte, Head of Car Insurance at Sainsbury’s Finance.
“Used correctly GPS units are a fantastic invention that help drivers navigate effectively and concentrate on the road far more than when using maps or printed directions.”
“However, we are encouraging drivers using this new driving technology to have the safety of any passengers, other road users and pedestrians at the forefront of their minds and not be tempted to become GPS racers.”
1.2 million drivers admitted to racing through amber lights and 570,000 admitted to not slowing down at roundabouts, crossroads or junctions.
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