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#1 HRH Countrymel

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:22 PM

I just heard this on the radio.


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Victoria Wake says she and her partner were travelling from Adelaide to Mildura for a wedding two weeks ago when they got lost for five hours in Murray Sunset National Park.

Ms Wake says her car blew a tyre and eventually became bogged.


Now I'm no familiar with this route but I would be reasonably confident that driving from Adelaide to Mildura wouldn't involve 5 hours of dirt roads - especially ones that caused you to become bogged.

What happened to common sense?

At what point do you say "Hmmmm.... this doesn't look right? I think I will turn back and get back on the main road."

We have a similar issue in Tasmania where people attempt to cross through a dirt road at high altitude in the middle of winter because "Google maps say it is the most direct route"....

Y-e-a-h... the 'shortest' maybe but surely your brain would tell you that a dual lane sealed highway is going to be a quicker way to get from A to B even more so when there is SNOW around?

So:

Do you have implicit faith in your GPS?

Or do you still use maps and common sense?

#2 niggles

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:26 PM

Are you having issues with that dead end street of yours again, Countrymel? tongue.gif

#3 FloralArrangement

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:28 PM

Adelaide -Mildura has to be one of the easiest drives. We followed the giant green and white signage. GPS  roll2.gif

#4 HRH Countrymel

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:29 PM

Oh dear..... I think you are right niggles!

I knew there was a reason this story gave me the tom tits!

#5 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:30 PM

biggrin.gif thats funny as!
I wouldnt trust a GPS. The one my friend has cant even find the roads close to Adelaide.


#6 Stellajoy

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:31 PM

GPS is amazing. Yes, there have been glitches with apple maps, but all in all any GPS is quite remarkable.

Better than using the stars and a compass.

I would bet the people making those mistakes and blaming their GPS would make the same mistake even with a fold out paper map.

#7 katniss

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:32 PM

Of course you still have to use common sense. Unfortunately there are many people in this world who lack such common sense.

#8 Isolabella

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:33 PM

I read maps and out do GPS all the time.

Mine gets used so I can tell the kids where the next stop is when driving Melb-Sydney.

Other then that I think they are useless.

Was giving cab driver directions in big traffic and he was amazed at my route.... It was not an approved GPS route.



#9 Ymarferol angel

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:36 PM

I read paper maps well but find GPS annoying and distracting to use.

My common sense.... who knows?  When I first did work experience in year 10 I remember that was the area my "employer" scored me lowest on.  I hope I've developed a bit since then.   wink.gif

#10 FeralZombieMum

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:36 PM

I guess people are so reliant on modern technology, that they've forgotten how to read large clear road signs that say 'Mildura'.

#11 adl

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:37 PM

I look at and print out google map directions for a giggle....it has so many mistakes....many friends have told us hilarious tales of where their GPS has taken them....

I also direct cabs as well as it never has the best route...t doesn't factor in local knowledge of traffic flows etc

I prefer a proper map, reading road signs and common sense....and as DH can't and won't do these I am chief navigator....

#12 Katie_bella

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:39 PM

We have a big problem here with people driving over 100km/hr on skinny little country back roads that the GPS sent them down. There's been quite a few accidents, at least two with multiple fatalities, becuase they don't know the roads and either go through small intersections without looking or oversteer driving on gravel.

It always baffles me why people seem to have lost the ability to follow green highway signs.

#13 PrincessPeach

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:40 PM

According to my DH I am his GPS  wub.gif

Everytime I've used one, i argue with it & turn off the voice.

#14 feralangel

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:41 PM

I once read somewhere of someone driving into a dam because the sat nav directed them to.

I personally prefer maps. Always liked them since I was a kid.

#15 B.feral3

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:41 PM

Were they locals or out of state or foreign visitors though?

Personally, I wouldn't have a clue how far Adelaide is from Mildura or how to get there. None whatsoever. Until now I didn't even know which state it was in. I would probably rely on GPS over buying a road map if I was on holidays and needed to make that journey.  shrug.gif

#16 HRH Countrymel

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:48 PM



QUOTE (Bek+3 @ 10/12/2012, 05:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Were they locals or out of state or foreign visitors though?

Personally, I wouldn't have a clue how far Adelaide is from Mildura or how to get there. None whatsoever. Until now I didn't even know which state it was in. I would probably rely on GPS over buying a road map if I was on holidays and needed to make that journey.  shrug.gif


But would you ignore road signs and blindly follow the GPS Bek+3?

As FloralArrangement points out it is very well sign posted...

QUOTE (FloralArrangement @ 10/12/2012, 05:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Adelaide -Mildura has to be one of the easiest drives. We followed the giant green and white signage. GPS  roll2.gif



It is that weird lack of common sense that just blows my mind - over and over and over again...


#17 ~spirited~

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:51 PM

QUOTE (PrincessPeach @ 10/12/2012, 05:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
According to my DH I am his GPS  wub.gif

Everytime I've used one, i argue with it & turn off the voice.



DH calls me his GPS, too!

OP, I was listening to that as well. Ridiculous!

I use google maps on my iPhone, but often ignore the chosen route, especially if DH is driving so I am free to navigate safely.


ETA we got lost in Paris because DH was using the compass on his iPhone to get us back to our hotel. I kept insisting we were going in the wrong direction, but he was adamant our hotel was to the north. Turns out our hotel was to the north, but the iPhone compass was total crap and had no idea which way north was. I eventually found our way back.

Edited by ~spirited~, 10 December 2012 - 04:53 PM.


#18 Mercurial

Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:58 PM

These guys have even less of an excuse...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/19/g..._n_1363823.html

#19 Zesty

Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:00 PM

I certainly wouldn't trust mine. Even with the most recent maps uploaded, it still gives out dodgy info. I use a combo of signage, google maps and gps if I really don't know an area.

#20 Angelina Ballerina

Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:11 PM

When we first got our Tom Tom we followed a shortcut just to see where it led us instead of sticking to the highway.

It took us to skinny, poorly sealed back roads with 100km speed limits for about an hour. Scared the crapolla out of me. Felt like we were being delivered by an evil robot genius to a serial killer.

We've set it to stick to main roads now.

#21 *LiMa*

Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:11 PM

DH and I enjoy putting the GPS on when we are driving somewhere we know well and ignoring all her directions and listening to her get crankier and crankier.  Small things and all that, but somedays it breaks up the boring drive....

#22 kiam

Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:54 PM

Apple maps is mine and my husband's favourite form of car entertainment.

Once it tried to send us up a horse riding trail. Despite the sign saying "So and so TRACK" apple maps had it as "So and so road"

Ba-bow.

#23 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:56 PM

Whereis.com and the Refidex get me everywhere I need to go.

#24 unicorn

Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:08 PM

We use them but certainly don't rely solely on them. DH'S and I had to drive to Mt Gambier from far north coast NSW one weekend and we had the sat nav that came with the car, the portable sat nav and the map on my phone and they all ave us different directions. So they are mainly used as a guide to how far we have to go and how long it will take.

#25 unicorn

Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

QUOTE (*LiMa* @ 10/12/2012, 06:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DH and I enjoy putting the GPS on when we are driving somewhere we know well and ignoring all her directions and listening to her get crankier and crankier.  Small things and all that, but somedays it breaks up the boring drive....

Yes, we named ours Susie and boy she's feisty lol.




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