According to new research, more than one-in-seven UK motorists have admitted to making risky driving manoeuvres in order to correct their mistakes when following the instructions from their satnavs. The survey _ which was issued by road safety charity Brake and insurers Direct Line _ also found that one-in-14 drivers (or seven per cent) had experienced a near miss such as having to brake suddenly or swerve because they had been distracted by a satnav. The figures were even higher for younger drivers, with one-in-10 drivers aged between 17-24 admitting to at least one near-scrape. Brake are keen to emphasise that, when used effectively, satnavs can actually increase safety by giving drivers the ability to navigate without looking away from the road.æ However, there is some evidence that relying on a satnav can also increase speed and make drivers less observant. Julie Townsend, the deputy chief executive for Brake, said: 'Remember, the satnav is there to help you keep focused on driving rather than worry about directions, but it's not there to make all the decisions for you. 'Driving is an unpredictable activity, so you still need to look at signs, particularly those warning of hazards or speed limits, and watch for people and unexpected problems.î As part of its Drive Smart campaign, Brake has called on drivers to make a new year's resolution to be more alert and to keep their eyes on the road. Research has shown that almost no drivers are able to multi-task at the wheel without their driving being affected. Brake has appealed to the Government to regulate the use of features that can pose as a dangerous distraction to drivers. Townsend added: 'For many drivers there is an increasing array of technological temptations that can pose a deadly distraction. 'Brake's advice is set your satnav and radio before you set off, put your phone in the boot and ensure you're not tempted to do anything that will take your mind or eyes off the road while driving.î