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“Trust me – I’m a Sat Nav”

Updated on March 22, 2014

A Sat Nav (satellite Navigation) is a sophisticated gadget to help drivers find their destination easily, but these days its becoming more of a dangerous device resulting in more than 300,00 Accidents in Britain alone.

These accidents are due to people completely following the Sat Nav instructions, to the detriment of their safety – which has resulted in the following:

  • Drivers driving into rivers.
  • Lorries sent down narrow roads and stuck on narrow country lanes.
  • Driving down One-way streets.
  • Drivers performing sudden manoeuvres or changing direction in the middle of the road.
  • Ambulance crew being sent to addresses in foreign countries, under bridges that were too low, down farm tracks and dead ends – bearing in mind the people they are heading too are in life threatening situations.

I wouldn’t completely blame it on Sat Nav’s though. For instance, if you look at the photo below, the driver should have noticed there was no road and it was quite dense – obviously, no sign of cars driving there.

Supermarket Delivery Driver

Advice

Generally Sat Navs are a useful Tool and its handy to have one – over half of Britain’s population use it. About 14 Million drivers.

  • However, if it gives you an instruction that is likely to endanger other road users, ignore it. You are the one driving, the Sat Nav can’t see the road. I mean, what do you tell the Police – “I’m sorry Officer, it was the Sat Nav”? If you think they will not charge you – Read this.
  • Also, read Road signs – so you know not to drive down a One-Way road.
  • Don’t programme the Sat Nav while driving, otherwise you might make a small error and end up in the wrong place. Also for safety reasons because your eyes should always be on the road.
  • Finally, it’s always advisable to detach the Sat Nav and keep it where people can’t see it. I have also been informed that it’s a good idea to wipe the window (just the place where it was detached from) as thieves can still check to see the mark.

 

Lets finish up on a Positive note – So, now that we’ve got all the safety issues out of the way, what really are the Benefits other than guiding you to your destination?

  • If there is a traffic incident – Sat Nav will re-route your journey.
  • Sat Nav will alert you in advance of any speed cameras on your route which will avoid you getting a speeding fine or points on your Driving Licence.
  • Blue tooth – gives you the ability to use your Sat Nav as a handsfree set for your mobile.
  • It also points out places of interest such as petrol stations, restaurants and parking areas, which are particularly useful if you are using the car to go on holiday.

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Drive Safely!

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    • Lady_E profile image
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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Ned.

      Take Care...

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      Ned 5 years ago

      Great !!!

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Hello DeBorrah

      I'm so glad you made it - just in time. The Sat Nav's are so sophisticated but can be so wrong at times. I have since learnt that they are referred to as GPS in America.

      Lovely to read from you. Regards. :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Lady E, Great hub! This is interesting!

      A few years ago I promised a single Mom that I would be there for her upon the birth of her baby. Her mother called me a little after 11:00 P.M. and said she was in labor. It was to be and hour's drive, so we thought?

      I put the address in the navigation system and it took me to the address and said "You have reached your destination" well it was wrong! I was near a hospital but it was the wrong one? After much ado I got directions to the right hospital and arrived right when the baby was born...

      Fortunately that was my one rare mishap. But it is one to remember! Thank you for sharing. Much Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Dyesebel - must check that make out one day. I'm curious to know what it looks like. Regards. :)

      ** Cheers 2patricia's, so it's a "she" then. lol. I'm sure she'll never lead you astray. Regards. :)

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      We even have a name for our Lovely SatNav, we like her so much.

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      nice hub.. GPS Garmin Nuvi 660 is very helpful in my case.. It's how you use it.. thanx for sharing your hub.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Lol. I like the name you gave it - "Chickee Poo". Thanks for your comments. :)

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      I love my little "Chickee Poo". She goes with me everywhere! quietnessandtrust says she's never seen anyone reading a map do some of these things. Well, with me as a navigator that just might happen! I've ended up in some pretty horrible situations because I just can't get there from here. Chickee Poo was my husbands way of addressing that situation.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      * Hi Quietnessandtrust, they are good. People just need to remember that it can't see the road. lol.

      * Thanks Philipo. They are good but people should also use their common sense. Will drop you a line as requested. :)

      * Hello Ladybird - like your new photo. I'm sure your hubby would be delighted. Thanks for stopping. :)

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Very good hub, I was thinking of buying one for my husband. This is excellent info. Thanks

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      Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

      Thanks for sharing. Infact, I was laughing while reading this hub. It appears the disadvantages far outweighs the advantages. Lady_E, I attended 2 different investment trainings last saturday. They were awesome. Why not send me a mail to philonyem@gmail.com so that we can discuss.

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      quietnessandtrust 7 years ago

      Like any other electronic device, they seem to make "some people" really stupid...or so it seems.

      Never heard of anyone who read a map do this.

      Cheers

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      * Cheers Dohn for your comments. My goodness, that man was very lucky. He wouldn't have stood a chance. Be Safe. :)

      * Hi Nancy. I'm guessing mapquest.com is for roads in the US. Will check it out. Thanks for your comments. :)

      * Nice to hear from you Livingsta. As you wrote, such incidents are common but hopefully people will start getting more cautious. :)

      * Hi Pete, so that's what it stands for (Global Positioning System). I need to spend some time in US you know, UK and US seem to have different names for things. I even tried to search for Sat Nav details in America - no wonder I couldn't find any. Lol.

      I'll also add it to the Tags on the Hub. Glad you came by. Thanks :)

      * Cheers Ivorwen - Wow 75 Miles, its painful to think of. Thanks for stopping too. Drive Safely. :)

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      Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      I decided that computer generated directions were not for me, when the directions included a narrow, seasonal, mountain road... sure, following the rout it outlined would have taken 75 miles off of the trip, but added 3-4 hours, assuming it was passable.

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      Pete Maida 7 years ago

      Interesting. There hasn't a lot of talk of dangerous problems using the devices in the US. We always do a MapQuest in addition to using our GPS (Global Positioning System); that's what we call them.

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      livingsta 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      True Lady E..incident like this are common these days..

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      Nancy's Niche 7 years ago

      Excellent article on the pro’s and con’s of Sat Nav’s. I have used navigators in my rental cars but would rather rely on a current Rand McNally MAP. Even when you go to mapquest.com, the directions are often wrong.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks for sharing this, Lady_E. I heard of one gentleman who followed his GPS (Sat Nav) to a railroad crossing in which his GPS suggested was his "destination." Well, after the man realized that it certainly wasn't, he went back to start his car but it stalled. He was able to escape imminent death by running away from an oncoming-train which flattened his car like a pancake!

      Although I do have one, I don't fully trust them (maybe 80% of the time) as just the other day, my GPS brought me to a closed road which was actually a gated community! Thanks for sharing this with me.