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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 18th 2010
10--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, September 18, 2010 TRANSPORT Trends IN PASSING Race is on as boys try to outsmart the machine ROUTE RACING: A growing trend is for people to try to beat the ETA of their satellite navigation system. THE newest driving trend is racing your satnav. A British survey has found 80 per cent of motorists admit to trying to beat the estimated time of arrival on a satellite navigation route. It's called ''route racing'', according to British vehicle auction company Manheim Auctions, but it seems it is also a favourite game among Australian motorists. Mathew McAuley, spokesman for sister company Manheim Fowles, admits to trying to beat his satnav. ''I thought it was quite an amusing piece of research and I often think I know better than the machine and try to outdo it with a shortcut,'' he said. ''I think it's more of a male thing. Women are far more sensible than trying to outsmart a machine; they turn it on to offer them assistance.'' The research shows that drivers often try to out-think their satnav device by taking a shortcut. However, road safety expert and founder of Fatality Free Friday Russell White said the temptation could be for motorists to drive too fast to beat the satnav time of arrival. ''Some people could see it as their own personal Top Gear challenge to get there before the satnav says so,'' he says. ''Clearly if 80 per cent of people do it, many of them will be speeding. ''My other concern is that they will spend more time focusing on the figures on their satnav rather than watching what they are doing, so there is a potential for distraction as well.'' Brisbane waste company chief operating officer Nick Badyk admits to racing his satnav in his Porsche Cayman and on his BMW motorbike, but only by taking his own shortcuts, not speeding. ''I have tried --- in fact most of the time,'' he said. ''I agree it's a male thing.'' The survey follows other research by Manheim Auctions which revealed only one in eight British motorists trust their satnav to take them directly to their destination, a third have got completely lost while relying on satnav and 15 per cent have missed an important event such as a job interview, wedding or first date. Doug Lloyd, boss of satnav importer Next Destination, says many users think they can do better than satnav. ''This confirms that man is more aware of local conditions than a computer. ''When they complain we always tell them that they will always know of a better route which is not part of the parameters that the satnav uses,'' he says ''The satnav is not for drivers that drive the same route all the time and know where they are going but for people going to different places who do not know the area or a route. ''This means that 90 per cent of journeys probably never need a satnav but they are invaluable when we have no idea where we are going.'' MARK HINCHLIFFE Conditions: All cars must be ordered between 16/09/10 and 18/09/10, and delivered by 30 Sept. 2010. Offer valid on existing dealer stock only and excludes ix35, i45 and i30 Trophy models. $500 Myer Gift Card valid on new car floor stock and can only be taken in lieu of further discounts. The dealer has the right to substitute the Myer Gift Card. See your dealer for full Myer Gift Card conditions. Offer valid whilst stocks last and excludes govt, fleet and rental buyers and vehicles used for commercial purposes. Hyundai reserves the right to change, supersede or extend these offers.. The 5 Year/ unlimited kilometre warranty is only applicable to vehicles used for private and domestic use and is not applicable for vehicles used for certain high mileage commercial purposes i.e. courier, security and rental cars. HMCA1965/HPC/HM hyundai.com.au/offers or call 1800 186 306 BONUS $500 GIFT CARD WITH NEW & DEMO MODELS THURSDAY 16th - SATURDAY 18th, SEPTEMBER 2010 (Excludes i45 and ix35) MOTORS PTY LTD HOBART CNR COLLINS AND BARRACK ST HOBART 6230 7220
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