When Satnavs go wrong
title: When Satnavs go wrong - Part 2 / url: When-Satnavs-go-wrong--Part-2-
Off the beaten track
In a sat nav debut she would rather forget, student Paula Ceeley followed her route all the way onto a railway track where her car was smashed into by an oncoming train. En-route to see her boyfriend in Carmarthenshire, Ceeley approached a large metal gate which she mistook for a farmers' gate. She then pulled her car forward and when she went to pull the gate shut she could only stand back as the Pembroke Dock to Swansea train carried her Renault Clio 800m down the track. Fortunately she did not return back to her vehicle and has now swapped the tarmac for the train tracks for her future travel excursions.
Read more: BBC
One way to destruction
What do you do when your truck has left a £20,000 trail of destruction? Perhaps blame your sat nav as a Belgian truck driver chose to do, when he caused havoc in a cul-de-sac in Wadebridge, Cornwall. When his path began to narrow, the panic-struck driver put hit foot on it and began his mini destruction episode by ploughing over a mini roundabout, trapping a car under his lorry and doing damage to five more vehicles. The total damage was a whopping £50,000 and presumably one sat nav in the bin.
Read more: Daily Mail
Royal navigational cock-up
With one too many cars in the garage, the Duchess of York decided to sell off her Jaguar XJ6 which she auctioned for £12,000. Along with the usual collection of change down the back of the seat, the more priceless find was the sat nav with full memory still in tact, which had left the device packed with information regarding the route to Fergie's home and directions to Princesses Beatrice's boyfriend's house.
Read more: The Sun
Sat nav raid
While the navigational tech can be dangerous in the wrong hands, in the hands of dangerous idiots it's a one way ticket to some serious jail time as a notorious gang of armed robbers found out to their dismay. Adrian Johnson had tapped in the addresses of 12 banks into his sat nav where robberies had recently taken place. When the device was located by police it provided them with crucial evidence to linking the gang to previous hold-ups.
Read more: Mirror
School trip to nowhere
With pack lunches and 60 excitable school kids piled on to a coach for a day trip to Hampton Court Palace, the coach driver was the one who had forgotten to do his homework after following his sat nav into a side street in Islington called Hampton Court as opposed to the venue in Richmond-upon-Thames. The miscalculated route was only realised when the sightseeing appeared to extend only to the delights of Highbury and Islington underground station.
Read more: Telegraph
We love them for offering us alternative routes to getting to our destination, yet sometimes it's worth persevering with the tried and tested journey as drivers near Luckinkton, Wiltshire found out.
With a crumbling wall blocking drivers from the usual way around, many sat navs were offering an alternative solution which included driving to a ford that was actually the River Avon. More than a handful of sat nav led motorists were met with the same watery surprise having taken the sat nav directed detour.
Read more: Times Online
Trip to ze loo
Take your sat nav word for word with no application of common sense alongside it and you are simply asking for trouble. Take one German motorist who we can only assume decided not to look when he was ordered to 'turn right now' by his sat nav only to make a sharp 90 degree turn off the road driving into a building site, up a stairway and finally into a portaloo. Thankfully the toilet facility was vacant, and the driver was slapped unsurprisingly with a large fine.
Read more: The Register
Possibly why the elderly and technology are not always a match made in driving heaven, an 80-year-old German motorist with sat nav in place proceeded to follow its instructions to head towards a construction site clearly marked 'closed for construction'. Several meandering manoeuvres around warning signs later, the struggling driver then ploughed into a sandbank unhurt, and possibly wishing he had stayed in that day.
Read more: Drivers
Village sign off on sat navs
In a good old fashioned bout of rallying the troops, residents of a small village in Glamorgan were so fed up with lorry drivers tearing up their narrow streets, that they decided to put together their own signs to show their frustration at heavy goods vehicles following their sat navs into their beloved roads, with many of them regularly getting stuck.
Read more: Mirror
We're on our way to the wrong Bridge
No true Blue could ever admit to such a geographical faux-pas, but a cab driver carrying Earl Spencer's daughter Katya as a passenger was asked to deliver her and her guests to the West London based football ground. Some 146 miles later, they were not mingling with Mr Abramovich in the good seats but in a small village in North Yorkshire called Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 at the other Bridge.
Read more: Daily Mail