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Has Your GPS Ever Led You Astray?

I have a handful of friends who swear their lives depend on their GPS Where is the concert venue? Where is that new Indian restaurant? Just ask the GPS they say . . . and they put the car in drive.

The problem is, the GPS isn't always right. It can send you on routes through sketchy areas, down one-way streets, and occasionally to the wrong street. Yesterday's New York Times featured a story "Turn Back. Exit Village. Truck Shortcut Hitting Barrier," that noted many people in small towns in Britain get led astray by "navigation devices that fail to appreciate that the shortest route is not always the best route."

Have you ever had this problem in small towns or areas with new construction? Or is your GPS on track all the time?

georgie2 georgie2 9 years
Other, because I don't use one.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
I don't use GPS however that sounds scary. This article reminds me of the preview for next weeks Dexter lol.
caroline_1 caroline_1 9 years
it always tries to send me the wrong way down a one-way street near my house.. and tells me to make a right turn onto a highway at the end of it.... so after going the wrong way down a one-way street, I am to make a right hand turn across oncoming traffic, drive through the jersey barrier and get onto the southbound side... :rolleyes: but i have verizon on my cell and i use the VZNavigator... excellent solution!! works like a charm, i highly reccommend, and you could use it everyday and it would still be cheaper than a in-car unit.
sugarbean sugarbean 9 years
ours has been pretty reliable at my family's farm out in the middle of nowhere (people think I exaggerate when I say that -- cross my heart, I'm not) but when we were up in Maryland about a year ago, it took us to a secure government facility rather than our hotel... we were escorted to the hotel by unmarked government vehicles. we also get picked out of the line for random searches now every single time any one of us flies.
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
i dont have one! yet.... my mom got my boyfriend one because he doesn't know his way around here (he moved here to go to college, he's not from here)
MallRat MallRat 9 years
My TomTom has usually been pretty ok with telling me the right way to go, but I hear that the newer ones are better. The GO 720 version is supposed to fix all those mistakes and get you right to where you need to be. I love putting the voice on British Guy and when he tells me the directions I talk back to him in my British accent... lol
thatsmypurse thatsmypurse 9 years
When bringing my husband home from WOCS in Alabama we drove through the southern part of Georgia. There we were lead down a red dirt road (getting our car SO dirty!) and then straight into a forest. We thought it was so funny!
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
Not yet, but then I've only had it for two weeks!!
jeepsareforgirls jeepsareforgirls 9 years
Usually my GPS is pretty good, but I live in an area with a river running right through it, and several times instead of taking me across a bridge, it will take me to a "Ferry Road" which isn't acutally a road, it's an old ferry that is no longer in use. That was very frustrating the first time it happened.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
I don't use GPS, but it led Michael Scott astray and he's genius so I just don't know...
Judyh0311 Judyh0311 9 years
I don't own a GPS
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
Its happened once or twice but it wasn't that bad, once I turned around it corrected itself.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
Don't have GPS, I have a printer that prints google maps. and the free google number preset in my phone. I do have to say a friend of mine suggested a ghetto filter for her GPS. It kept putting her in the WORST areas.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I have never tried one!
magpie22 magpie22 9 years
i had only been driving for a month (i live in new york) and i went back to school in boston and offered to drive my friend to South Station (usually a 20 minute drive from BC) but it took us over an hour because the GPS kept sending us to one-way streets or back alleys that were only for authorized vehicles. eventually we got so lost and hungry, and suddenly the North End appeared in front of us, so we used valet and had a big italian meal before venturing out again. now i bring a map everywhere- because mapquest has screwed me over too, it told me to take the highway in the opposite direction than i needed to go, and i didn't realize for 40 minutes. not cool, technology. not cool.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
GPS systems always take you the long way. My mom had a friend coming out and he used his GPS for directions. It had him get off on an exit like 4 miles before ours and then took him through neighborhoods when he could have gotten off on one exit and take two turns to get to her house :oy: The only thing my mom's GPS is good for is learning directions in a language. I like to change the language for fun. I think Ive got down the Portuguese directions pretty well
NikkoBlues NikkoBlues 9 years
That should be :cluck:. LOL
NikkoBlues NikkoBlues 9 years
I selected 'Other.' Whenever I drive from my home in MD to my parent's home in PA, I use my GPS to make sure I don't miss my turns. My GPS has never led me astray on those trips home. However, it certainly tells me to take a lot of turns off the Bmore Beltway into unknown territory where I wouldn't dream of venturing in a million years. : C L U C K :
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
My GPS caused me to drive into a lake once. Insurance didn't cover it.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I ♥ our GPS! Some vagrant my sweet boyfriend gave a ride once tried to steal it, and my bf punched him in his nose, right outta the car. He uses it for everything and that's kind of annoying. The only time it's ever not worked is when we were in a brand new subdivision and were lost and couldn't find our way out. Our GPS had us in the middle of an empty field, so it wasn't much help. :)
Asia84 Asia84 9 years
i usually print out directions before i go somewhere far. but i forgot them in one instance, so i used the GPS. and was totally lost! i don't even wanna talk about it . . .
nurayuni nurayuni 9 years
i never used gps to go anywhere,i don't know whether gps give the right direction or not..
rickimc rickimc 9 years
My boyfriend's got totally lost in Boston. Whenever we came to an opening in the Big Dig, it thought we were on the road next to it, and , later, it would tell us to turn where there wasn't a street.
Pets Pets 9 years
Although I picked "other," I'm a huge fan of GPS. I don't use it when I'm near home, but if I'm traveling for work in a rental (and alone in the car), it's a must-have. I get stressed driving in foreign cities and I'm not quite coordinated enough to look at a sheet of paper... while steering and watching the road. I've been lead somewhat astray (usually involving parking lots) but it always gets me close enough that I can figure out the rest of the way myself.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I almost never rely on GPS's because I've got a really good sense of direction and can usually print stuff before I leave. My bf is another story, he uses it for everything. The only time I ever let the GPS guide me blindly I was driving to a city I'd been to once before and had a fairly simple route. I plugged the address in and took off. A few hours later I had just turned onto the road with the hotel I was staying in and the GPS lost satellite reception at that very moment. I had no idea where to go or for how long...I hadn't committed the address to memory...and I was naturally pretty annoyed. I vowed that would be the last time I rely on the stinking GPS. :OY:
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