Saturday, March 10, 2007

Drivers are stupid, not GPS.

There was an article in todays Daily Mail of yet another idiot who threw common sense out of the window and when her GPS told her to turn left decided it must mean turn left ONTO the railway track at a level crossing.

How can anyone who supposedly has the intelligence to pass their driving test make such a stupid and dangerous mistake. There has to be ground for getting them to re-sit the driving test surely. I actually know the level crossing mentioned, it's about 1/4 mile away from the campsite in Normans Bay, Pevensey where we've been for the last 2 years.

This whole GPS's are dangerous argument that the press seems to be whipping up really annoys me. I've been an avid fan of Tom Tom Navigator for about 4 years now. I know it's not perfect and it's pretty obvious where the mapping or software errors are. If it tells me to turn left while going over a bridge and to drop onto the motorway I'm pretty sure I won't do it. If I know an area and know of a better route, I'll take it. If I set a route to a particular town that I know is only 30 minutes away I know I wouldn't blindly follow a route to a similarly named town 150 miles away. These are all things that people have done (the last one by an ambulance crew apparently).

Get a grip people, it's a driving aid, use it as an aid and not a replacement for your intelligence.

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