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Publication date:- 2016-12-09

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66% of millennials struggle to read a road map

THERE'S nothing more fun than a road trip: the joy of the open road, being able to stop wherever you like, that feeling of freedom as you… get totally lost and take a wrong turning at the next junction. But these days, the potentials for mistakes are far fewer, thanks to technology. The invention of the Sat Nav has let drivers sit back, relax, and focus only on taking the wheel. Gone (for many) are the days of unfolding an unwieldy road map, ferreting about for a road atlas, or (heaven forbid) asking a stranger for directions. But is the new technology all it's really cracked up to be? Car leasing company Cars On Demand   surveyed 1,000 people to find out how much they really rely on their Sat Navs. The 1st overall discovery was that 54% of us would struggle to read a road map these days. However, if we look more closely, 67% of those were aged between 18 and 44, and 43% of them could be described as 'millennials', aged between 18 and 34. Only 16.5% were 55 or over, demonstrating perhaps that we are slowly but surely losing the skills of finding our way by good old fashioned map reading.

A similar amount of people overall (56%) say they do not keep a map in their car. Only a very small proportion of millennials (9% of 18 to 24 year olds and 10% of 25 to 34 year olds) would, although, when it comes to the older generation, the figure is much higher: 66% of 45 to over 65's. Maybe it's because they've gathered so much wisdom over the years, including the fact that when a phone battery dies, if you don't have anything else to fall back on, you're pretty much stuck! And clearly, those who do rely on technology so heavily wouldn't even want to try and risk getting to their destination without it: 44% of those surveyed say they would simply abandon the car journey if their Sat Nav broke! Overall, however, people feel safer using GPS than with a printed map, with 85% of us agreeing. Perhaps we've suffered one too many unreliable navigators, or, when driving solo, the risk of taking our eyes off the road to actually look at the map, is too great.

But on the other hand, perhaps we're also losing a bit of common sense. There have been endless stories of drivers ending up in lakes, or dead ends, because of an unreliable or out of date Sat Nav, and it turns out that over a third of us would take an illegal turn, or drive down a bus lane, if our Sat Nav told us to; which has the potential to be a recipe for disaster! So perhaps the solution is to keep alert to what's around us, and not just slavishly follow that soothing, computerised voice…

"The invention of this technology has been beyond valuable, but we should still be wary of relying on it 100%. Keeping a road map in the car is never a bad idea either!" acknowledges Paul Brown, Managing Director at Cars On Demand.

New Years Day 2017 charity event needs more runners & swimmers!

THE Fernley is back for its 2nd year in Southport event and will take place on New Year's Day 2017. If you want to shake of your Christmas pounds, or start 2017 on a high... Well this is a very unusual way to do it. The event is a charity event that is part run and part swim. The event is now in its second year, commemorating one of the largest ever Lifeboat disasters; the tragic loss of 27 lifeboat men, with 14 lives lost, from Southport and 13 from St Annes, Lytham. The crews launched to save the troubled 'Mexico' boat, on 9 December 1886, but sadly many of them lost their lives soon after. The events name also recognises 1 of Southport’s greatest benefactors, John Fernley, whom The Fernley is named after.This event takes place on New Year’s Day at 10.00am. Full information about the race that sees participants not only running around the marine lake, but also swimming across it, can be found via clicking on this link. Even if not taking part this is a fantastic event for of spectators to watch as well!

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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