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09 August 2010 :: 16:08:42 pm 34823

When Technology Fails You, Use Your Head

Satellite navigation has revolutionized the world making driving experiences so much better for many people, meaning we can find our way around unknown territory with minimum effort and less stress, or can we? Occasionally, a little bit of common sense would make life so much easier.
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Here we look at some examples of where motorists would have been better off ignoring the little voice in their Tom Tom or Garmin and look where they were actually going. A  Motorist who drove along a railway line told police that his sat nav was to blame and that he was only following instructions.

A school outing from Hampshire to see the palace of King Henry VIII in Surrey was a flop when their bus driver dropped them off in Islington, north London courtesy of his sat nav. When the group noticed the mistake, they attempted to find the palace in south west London but became lost in traffic in central London and was eventually forced to returned home after seven wasted hours without having seen the palace.

A group from Gloucestershire going on a Christmas shopping trip to Lille, ended up in a Belgian village of the same name 100 miles away from the correct destination after their driver apparently picked the wrong name on his sat nav. The detour added four hours onto their journey which meant the shoppers had just two hours to make their purchases before the stores closed for the day.

Two Swedish tourists who were attempting to reach the island of Capri ended up 400 miles away in an industrial town at the other end of the country after mistakenly typing “Carpi” into their sat nav. A spokesman for the Carpi regional government said it was hard to understand how they managed to get where they did as Capri is an island. The couple was surprised, but not upset as they got back in the car and started the journey south.

Four British tourists were stuck in a muddy dirt track for four days after their sat nav sent them into the wilderness of the Australian outback. The driver did not notice warning signs stating that the road, in New South Wales, was closed due to heavy rains.  Australian authorities could not rescue them for four days due to the severity of the weather.

An amateur sailor had to be rescued by the coastguard after running aground near Canvey Island while trying to reach Rochester in Kent with only a sat nav for guidance.  Despite bad weather conditions, the boat had no charts, no flares, no functioning radio, and was being navigated by a car sat nav system.

Pilgrims on their way to visit the Catholic shrine in Lourdes were left disappointed when their sat nav directed them to the less known village of Lourde in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Unfortunately for them, the little village which was 57 miles west of their target did not have a shrine to the Virgin Mary, nor a single hotel or shop.

Tourists looking for the beautiful Aberdulais falls in Neath Valley have often ended up in a nearby cul-de-sac because the two locations have the same postcode. One villager told of an  incident when a Chinese family parked in one of the driveways and actually walked up to the front door thinking it was the entrance of the falls.

A number of drivers became stuck in the appropriately-named Dales village of Crackpot in Yorkshire after their sat nav systems directed vehicles including minibuses and delivery vans up a steep, unclassified road. Despite the warning signs prohibiting entry and the five-bar gate indicating that the road should not be used, a number of motorists persevered, continuing on their journey as far as it was possible before having to be rescued by farmers with tractors after becoming stuck on an S bend.

A driver of an articulated lorry who was directed down a small country lane by his sat nav became stuck after his vehicle slipped into a ditch on a hairpin bend. The road was blocked for five days as contractors had to use a digger to remove the vehicle.

A group of pensioners who were on an outing to a pub in Gloucestershire for lunch were stranded for almost four hours after their bus driver followed his sat nav down a country lane and became stuck. The coach had to drive across three recently harvested fields in order to get back onto the main road.

Myfanawy Evans

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