When Satnavs go wrong

Turn left. Then right. You have now arrived at your watery destination. T3 unveils the best Satnav disasters ever

The arrival of the Satnav was supposed to banish the A-Z roadmap to the back seat for good. Instead we’ve now got taxi drivers swapping the 'knowledge' for dashboard mounted navigational pals and people following every single mapping word spoken by their satnav slaves. Guiding you a little more safely, hit the link below to see some major GPS gaffes.

 

'Old School' Road trip

Day-tripping pensioners got a little more on the itinerary than they bargained for after their coach became wedged down a narrow country lane for nearly four hours. The female coach driver following her sat nav device, managed to give her passengers a view of three countryside fields after getting stuck down a winding single track in Stroat, near Lydney, Gloucestershire, despite being warned off by several local residents of her route to hell.

Read more: Daily Mail

 

A Lille bit of a mix-up

Sat-nav disaster goes abroad once again as a fifty Chrimbo shoppers eager to snap up some festive bargains in the French provincial town of Lille, instead ended up some 100 miles away from their intended destination and in the similarly named Belgian town Lille. The navigation blunder was eventually resolved arriving at the target destination leaving shoppers only a couple of hours to bargain hunt.

Read more: Daily Mail

 

A stretch too far

A limousine is always a lavish way to get around of town, but this particular client would have probably opted for the bus, after his driver sent him down a flight of stairs in Salzburg's city centre. En-route to delivering his boss to an appointment with the hairdressers', the sat nav led stretch limo driver thought he could drive directly in to the shop's entrance only to notice that it was a level lower than the street he was driving on. While the limo had to retrieved by crane, the passenger managed to get his short back and sides.

Read more: Austrian Times

 

Bus by water

If you are ever in need of a minibus driver in the area of Norfolk, this chap should perhaps be low down on your call list. Having followed his sat nav word for word not only did the taxi driver proceed to drive into the river, but continued to listen intently and driving a further 200 yards before his Volkswagen Caravel got wedged in the riverbed. Fortunately the eight-seater minibus was not carry anyone at the time.

Read more: Daily Mail

 

Cliffhanger

Mistaking a steep, narrow path, for the edge of a cliff was almost a fatal sat nav blunder for one baffling driver. Mr Jones, from Doncaster came close to teetering off the edge of a 100ft cliff in Todmodern, West Yorkshire. Police officers found Mr Jones and his BMW hanging close to sure fatality but managed to rescue him at which point he was consequently slapped with a hefty fine for driving without due care and attention.

Read more: BBC

 

Drive-by damage

Something of an unwanted P.O.I, Amanda Sandland's country house has been ploughed into by lorry drivers an astonishing 15 times in over 18 years. HGV drivers have largely been at fault for doing damage to Mrs Sandland's country abode travelling down the narrow B5429 lane alongside it which is suggested by many sat navs as a useful shortcut. This has however meant more than a few close shaves with Mrs Sandland's roof and other beloved parts of her home.

Read more: BBC

 

Hard rock of Gibraltar

While for most there is more than a subtle difference between Gibraltar Point in Skegness and the Rock of Gibraltar, for one goods driver it wasn't that obvious. The Syrian lorry driver managed to travel from Turkey to nearly 2,000 miles away from his intended destination landing him in the iconic British seaside town.

Read more: Telegraph

 

In GPS we trust

An ambulance crew flashed their lights all the way to Manchester, when they managed to turn a 20 minute patient transfer into a 400-mile round trip. Placing full faith in their piece of navigational tech, the crew were meant to drive the eight mile journey from King George's Hospital in Ilford to the mental health unit in Mascalls Park Hospital in Brentwood. 200 miles away from their destination they then decided to turn back, where they were told to learn some geography and perhaps look at the odd road sign or two. Incidentally the patient did survive.

Read more: Daily Mail

 

Lack of Sense

Placing seemingly blind faith on her electronic dash-mounted passenger, a driver named only as Hayley, began her route to madness by guiding her car up a farmer's lane. Following that she proceeded down the path despite the sign posts alerting drivers to the unsuitable nature of the surface, then tried to cross a ford at which point her vehicle was swept some 600 yards down the River Sense. Hayley was saved, however her Mercedes SL500 was not so lucky.

Read more: This is London

 

Lost in translation

Proof that not all sat navs are prepared for England's finest rural country lanes, a Czech lorry driver managed to wedge his 40-tonne articulated lorry into a tight spot after taking perennial guidance from his sat nav. The driver who spoke little English, tried to get directions before putting his trust in his navigational friend, but found himself sleeping in his vehicle for three nights as his lorry remained wedged on a sharp bend near IvyBridge in Devon.

Read more: Times Online

 

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