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Sibling site Engadget reports what may be a trend among GPS-using drivers at least in the U.K.
According to The Times, drivers going through the village of Luckington have driven right into the river by following their navigation systems. This is despite all the warning signs that the bridge has been closed. The village has had to tow two cars a day on average. And we at Autoblog reported on the village of Crackpot where following GPS has nearly lead several drivers over a cliff.

Maybe it's time to add 'Using navigation systems' to Driver's Ed?

[Source: The Times and BBC via Engadget]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Very interesting, #6. Except ... there's not a single word in that Star Tribune article that suggests the woman was using GPS. Presumably the same problem could result from someone using a web-based mapping service such as Mapquest or Yahoo Maps, etc.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, how and why did you guys load in the racism and brand elitism into this article?

      What a joke some of you are.
      gbh
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gundar,

      I'm hardly Rambo. Those are incredibly basic skills that most anyone can aquire in a short period of time. Most people had to have them to survive, just a blink of time ago.

      The greater point is this: Once you cannot do ANYTHING for yourself (and to me, driving is pretty freakin' basic) you have given away control over your own life. You have no right to expect the world to save you from your own lack of knowledge, especially if you do nothing to help yourself.

      On some level, we all trade some control for comfort. My concern is how divorced the average Joe/Jane is from any ability to care for him/herself.

      Example: Post Katrina, about the ONLY people who could even communicate with the outside world, were the amateur radio operators. For years many have said that ham radio was an anachronism, that 'our modern systems' will be able to handle any emergency. Yeah, right.

      In the scope of what naturally happens on this planet, Katrina was a tiny little blip. What will we do when something REALLY bad happens?

      Most folks just have no clue how tenuous our luxurious lifestyle is. Or, that people still die everyday because they just didn't know NOT to do something really stupid.

      To me, that's the real tragedy. A little useful learning, and bad stuff doesn't happen quite so often.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, this is hilarious. I definitely watch my GPS too closely from time to time. I always wondered if accidents happened from people watching their GPS screens too closely. There is just no excuse for this though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      yeam i agree with the rotary driver, MrWankel, though not to the same extent. maps are good if you have a general destination, but the best option for finding where you are trying to get is still keeping your eyes looking ahead and searching. i cant believe that nav systems have taken off as much as they have, they must be a distraction to the driver, especially a hopelessly lost one, the last thing this driver needs is something to take his attention off the road!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "14. Anybody out there STILL not believe in evolution?

      Can't hunt,fish,cook,grow vegetables,build a lean-to (let alone a cabin), wire a lightswitch, plumb a toilet, change a flat tire (let alone an engine)..."


      Thanks for that, Rambo.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maps are completely unnessicary. Instincts have worked perfectly for millions of years. I've driven all over this country without having a clue as to where my current location was. I never got lost, though. I had my trusty instinct by my side. (I once drove through Oklahoma and didn't even realize it.)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Haha, I use Mapopolis on my pda which uses text to speech so I never have to look at the screen. GPS is not fool proof. It takes some commonsense to use it properly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have machines to think for me now...
      gbh
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anybody out there STILL not believe in evolution?

      Can't hunt,fish,cook,grow vegetables,build a lean-to (let alone a cabin), wire a lightswitch, plumb a toilet, change a flat tire (let alone an engine)...

      Now more and more, morons can't even drive a car on their own. Even more pathetic, they'll try and blame someone other than themselves.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, it's a European thing. They are so used to following orders over there. Always sitting around waiting for directions from on high. They can never use their own brains.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GPS and Navigation systems in cars are just about the crappiest, gimicky junk ever conceived. People talk about how a car doesn't measure up to another because it doesn't have a navi option. How dumb are you that you can't use maps, instinct and experience based on precedent to drive?
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