Thread: Woman drives into marsh on GPS advice

bob1954 - 6/17/2011 at 07:24 PM

I can relate to this. After working in the same office for 15 years I once got lost on the way to work while trying out the GPS in a new car.

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Woman drives into marsh on GPS advice

A driver has highlighted humanity's growing dependence on technology when she drove her rental car into a US marsh while following directions from her GPS.

The Mexican woman's road journey came a cropper while driving to her hotel in Bellevue, in Washington state, where she was attending a conference.

The driver and her two female passengers were returning to the hotel from dinner in the Mercedes rental when they became lost and tried to use the Hertz-provided GPS.

The woman told police she was following the satellite navigator's instructions but must have made a wrong turn just after midnight on Wednesday.

One woman exited the Mercedes as soon as it entered the water while the other two tried to stay with the car as long as they could, climbing onto the side door frames.

But they eventually abandoned the vehicle as it drifted out towards the centre of the marsh.

A local fire official said the women were trying to reroute their path when they came upon a boat ramp near the entrance to a highway, and apparently kept driving into the water.

"I don't know why they wouldn't question driving into a puddle that doesn't seem to end," the official told US network ABC News .

"In sitcoms they parody something like this. To actually see it is surprising".

No one was injured in the incident but the costly Mercedes four-wheel drive could be destined for the scrap heap.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8262377/woman-drives-into-marsh-on-gps-adv ice


brofan - 6/17/2011 at 08:24 PM

Reminds me of that woman who fell into that fountain while furiously texting that all-important message and then appeared on all the talk shows with her attorney announcing that she was suing the mall for negligence, reckless endangerment, and pain and suffering or whatever.....

We are texting our common sense away as a nation....


brofan - 6/17/2011 at 08:26 PM

P.S. I hope she signed for the insurance coverage.


jparadise - 6/17/2011 at 08:30 PM

Unless she took out "Stupid Insurance"......I'd say she's pretty well F'd.


TopDroog - 6/18/2011 at 12:07 AM

This reminds me of the clown in the Chicago area who backed his SUV down a boat ramp on the Cal-Sag river in order to locate a leak in one of his rear tires . . . he forgot to engage the parking break.


dougrhon - 6/18/2011 at 02:42 AM

I've noticed that mine won't take me the shortest route to my own house. It always takes me a roundabout way. Or I should say tells me to go a roundabout way. Obviously I don't follow it.


les_paul_sunburst - 6/18/2011 at 12:40 PM

The GPS and text messaging devices are merely tools of the master computer networks who have recently become self aware and are even now starting to experiment with ways to exterminate humans. (see the movie Terminator 2 for more details)

As the texter above demonstates, the idiots will go first...

[Edited on 6/18/2011 by les_paul_sunburst]


Drummy - 6/18/2011 at 01:32 PM

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Reminds me of that woman who fell into that fountain while furiously texting that all-important message and then appeared on all the talk shows with her attorney announcing that she was suing the mall for negligence, reckless endangerment, and pain and suffering or whatever.....

We are texting our common sense away as a nation
....



X10!!


Drummy - 6/18/2011 at 01:36 PM

We tried using our GPS (totally useless) on our way back from Memphis once. We know the best way to go as we have gone many times. The GPS kept telling us to turn around and that we had missed our turn, turn around. It wanted us to go way out of our way. We just kept going the way we knew and the GPS about had a cow telling us to turn around all the way to our driveway.

Buncha useless junk. Maps have always worked fine, or get maps from Mapquest and leave the GPS at home.


jbpats0823 - 6/18/2011 at 02:05 PM

wasn't there an office episode where this happened to Michael Scott?


brofan - 6/18/2011 at 03:58 PM

You know, there's these things called MAPS.

We are raising an entire generation of kids who DON"T KNOW HOW TO READ A MAP. Unbelievable.....I was also astounded when I needed to borrow a yellow pages at a grocery store recently and asked a kid at the service desk for one and he said "You know, I have no idea how to use one of those things." Huh? You OPEN it.

The idea of keeping my entire life inside my phone and being completely dependent on it to the exclusion of all other sources of information scares the hell out of me.

Guess I'm just an ornery old man.

[Edited on 6/18/2011 by brofan]


spacemonkey - 6/18/2011 at 06:58 PM

I remember driving on a new road the GPS didn't have in it's database and it kept
saying

"Please return to the Road"

I have Megallan Roadmates in both my car and truck.
Haven't driven into water yet.

One did save my butt when I got turned around and confused after a Dickey Betts show in Downtown Frederick. lost my orientation coming out of an underground garage.




dougrhon - 6/18/2011 at 08:47 PM

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We tried using our GPS (totally useless) on our way back from Memphis once. We know the best way to go as we have gone many times. The GPS kept telling us to turn around and that we had missed our turn, turn around. It wanted us to go way out of our way. We just kept going the way we knew and the GPS about had a cow telling us to turn around all the way to our driveway.

Buncha useless junk. Maps have always worked fine, or get maps from Mapquest and leave the GPS at home.


Did it say "SHMUCK! I SAID turn around!" That's what mine does.


dougrhon - 6/18/2011 at 08:47 PM

Remember the old "trip ticks" you used to get from AAA?


bigann - 6/18/2011 at 08:50 PM

I had a total breakthrough when I learned uneven numbered highways ran north and south and even numbers ran east to west. That being said, I have gotten gps systems for just about everyone in the family with the admonishment its to be use with common sense. If something doesn't look right, pull over and pull out a map.....I also got them AAA so they have maps.

I had to call the ambulance a couple of years ago and discovered the gps system has our house located way up the street. When I mentioned it to another resident he discovered his wasn't where it was supposed to be either. That's important information when you're trying to flag down an emergency vehicle that just blew by you!


bob1954 - 6/18/2011 at 09:00 PM

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Remember the old "trip ticks" you used to get from AAA?

Still do!


goldtop - 6/18/2011 at 09:05 PM

I love my GPS because I drive to peoples houses I've never been at before for my work so it works for that but If i know a better route I take that one. I have a friend and his family and mine go up to Napa a few times a year to visit the wine country. The first time we get in his new car we're driving up to the wine country and his GPS is a little slow and we miss the same exit we've taken for 30 years. I said "Bob!!.. we just missed our exit"...he said his GPS didn't tell him to turn there.....I said..."Yeah" but thats the exit we've taken for 30 years suddenly about 300 yards past the exit it tells him to turn right.... doh!!!


brofan - 6/18/2011 at 09:08 PM

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You know, there's these things called MAPS.

We are raising an entire generation of kids who DON"T KNOW HOW TO READ A MAP. Unbelievable.....I was also astounded when I needed to borrow a yellow pages at a grocery store recently and asked a kid at the service desk for one and he said "You know, I have no idea how to use one of those things." Huh? You OPEN it.

The idea of keeping my entire life inside my phone and being completely dependent on it to the exclusion of all other sources of information scares the hell out of me.

Guess I'm just an ornery old man.

[Edited on 6/18/2011 by brofan]


But reading maps while driving solo on long trips or on short trips in unfamiliar areas means possibly pulling over to read a map. Kinda inefficient, and the alternative, driving while reading a map, is probably not recommended.


Charlie, here's the secret - you read the map BEFORE embarking toward your destination... ...it's called planning ahead.

I have found GPS to be useful - it's the overreliance to the point of not knowing how to read a map that is a problem for some people. I use a map first (because I don't like driving in reactive mode responding to a disembodied voice) and if I can't find what I'm looking for, then I use it. I don't turn it on unless I need it.

It's kinda like using a calculator. It's a tool that's fine to use if you already know how to do mathematical calculations like adding, subtracting, multiplication, division, etc. Otherwise using it becomes a crutch and it does more harm than good by reducing one's ability to be self-sufficient.

The easy isn't always the best way....IMHO.


brofan - 6/18/2011 at 09:09 PM

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I love my GPS because I drive to peoples houses I've never been at before for my work so it works for that but If i know a better route I take that one. I have a friend and his family and mine go up to Napa a few times a year to visit the wine country. The first time we get in his new car we're driving up to the wine country and his GPS is a little slow and we miss the same exit we've taken for 30 years. I said "Bob!!.. we just missed our exit"...he said his GPS didn't tell him to turn there.....I said..."Yeah" but thats the exit we've taken for 30 years suddenly about 300 yards past the exit it tells him to turn right.... doh!!!


My point exactly.....


goldtop - 6/18/2011 at 09:29 PM

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I love my GPS because I drive to peoples houses I've never been at before for my work so it works for that but If i know a better route I take that one. I have a friend and his family and mine go up to Napa a few times a year to visit the wine country. The first time we get in his new car we're driving up to the wine country and his GPS is a little slow and we miss the same exit we've taken for 30 years. I said "Bob!!.. we just missed our exit"...he said his GPS didn't tell him to turn there.....I said..."Yeah" but thats the exit we've taken for 30 years suddenly about 300 yards past the exit it tells him to turn right.... doh!!!


My point exactly.....


The funnest part is we can drive there with our eyes closed but he wanted to impress me with his new gadget....I think we're raising a whole generation of totally co-dependent people. People who will know no silence or true freedom because they will always be connected by their obsession for these elctronic devices. All which are good tools but they are no longer just considered tools. They are now toys and that is where the problem begins. Turning a tool into a toy will always lead to problems. The best we can do is individually decide how much we want to depend on them.

The craziest one is the book reader. So first you by a reader for 500 bucks then you need to buy the books so when the reader breaks....which it will....you now have to go and purchase a new reader at 500 bucks and will probably have to re-purchase the books....crazy...No thanks I'll buy the book and keep it....and re-read it for free each time

[Edited on 6/18/2011 by goldtop]


dougrhon - 6/18/2011 at 11:03 PM

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Remember the old "trip ticks" you used to get from AAA?

Still do!


They're not the same where they used to put it together like a booklet with separate pages. At least ones we've gotten are not like that anymore.


EricVT - 6/19/2011 at 02:09 AM

My experience with GPS devices has been overwhelmingly positive except for two small things:

1. It didn't work great coming into Chicago where roads and exits are so close together and built over each other so that it can't hardly keep up.

2. It gave me some outdated directions once when I was exploring a new town. It asked me to take a certain road that didn't exist anymore. My maps were about 7 years old at the time and it was my own fault for not keeping them up to date. Since updating them it has been very accurate.

Not sure why so many people have issues with their GPS devices.


Brock - 6/19/2011 at 03:23 AM

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You know, there's these things called MAPS.

We are raising an entire generation of kids who DON"T KNOW HOW TO READ A MAP. Unbelievable.....I was also astounded when I needed to borrow a yellow pages at a grocery store recently and asked a kid at the service desk for one and he said "You know, I have no idea how to use one of those things." Huh? You OPEN it.

The idea of keeping my entire life inside my phone and being completely dependent on it to the exclusion of all other sources of information scares the hell out of me.

Guess I'm just an ornery old man.

[Edited on 6/18/2011 by brofan]


I feel your cumudgeonness Rich! I got a GPS as a gift a few yrs ago. It remains in the box in a drawer w/ the MP3 player I also got several yrs ago. That drawer is like the island of misfit toys!


bigann - 6/19/2011 at 06:06 AM

The craziest one is the book reader. So first you by a reader for 500 bucks then you need to buy the books so when the reader breaks....which it will....you now have to go and purchase a new reader at 500 bucks and will probably have to re-purchase the books....crazy ...No thanks I'll buy the book and keep it....and re-read it for free each time

That's exactly how I feel....alas, I fear I'm going to have a book reader whether I want one or not.....but I'm still going to buy books I can hold and aren't dependent on a power supply!!!


spacemonkey - 6/19/2011 at 12:21 PM

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Remember the old "trip ticks" you used to get from AAA?

Still do!


They're not the same where they used to put it together like a booklet with separate pages. At least ones we've gotten are not like that anymore.


The Chevron Autoclub still puts them together the way AAA used to.


les_paul_sunburst - 6/19/2011 at 12:30 PM

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The craziest one is the book reader. So first you by a reader for 500 bucks then you need to buy the books so when the reader breaks....which it will....you now have to go and purchase a new reader at 500 bucks and will probably have to re-purchase the books....crazy ...No thanks I'll buy the book and keep it....and re-read it for free each time

That's exactly how I feel....alas, I fear I'm going to have a book reader whether I want one or not.....but I'm still going to buy books I can hold and aren't dependent on a power supply!!!


I could not have said it better myself...

Books rock...the Nook is a crock....


Drummy - 6/19/2011 at 04:09 PM

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The craziest one is the book reader. So first you by a reader for 500 bucks then you need to buy the books so when the reader breaks....which it will....you now have to go and purchase a new reader at 500 bucks and will probably have to re-purchase the books....crazy ...No thanks I'll buy the book and keep it....and re-read it for free each time

That's exactly how I feel....alas, I fear I'm going to have a book reader whether I want one or not.....but I'm still going to buy books I can hold and aren't dependent on a power supply!!!


I could not have said it better myself...

Books rock...the Nook is a crock....


Totally agree. Gimme a good book any day.

[Edited on 6/19/2011 by Drummy]


PauliG - 6/20/2011 at 07:11 PM

I don't even own a GPS! Someday we'll get one, but I have no justification for spending money on anything right now. I'll check Googlemaps before I go somewhere if I really need to.


squabs217 - 6/20/2011 at 10:01 PM

I nearly strangled my brother-in-law to death over his G.D. TomTom on a business trip to Orlando last year . Having lived my entire 40 years in South Georgia and North Florida , I'm more than well-versed when it comes to driving directions in the region .

On our way home from Orlando , he somehow exited the turnpike and woke me from my nap in the back seat . When I came-to , I realized we were in Howey-In-The-Hills ... right on Hwy. 27 that runs right back in to the turnpike .

I took over the driving duties , but he insisted on leaving the damned GPS turned on . It kept repeating in that nerve-grinding , digitized , female voice , " Turn Around !!! " and he was on board with her and insisted that we were still lost .

Bear in mind , I've been married to his sister since he was a 10 yr. old kid , and he and I had not had a cross word between us in 16 years . That record came to an end that day . After laying into him with a dozen or so explitives , I told him to turn the thing off or let it do the driving . He finally listened to reason , and 10 minutes later we hit the on ramp headed north . As long as the $6.99 road atlas is still in print , it's all I'll ever need .

One more thing , see how much fun it is taking a GPS in the can with you ... a Rand McNally is my go-to book when it's time for a proper sitting .







bob1954 - 6/20/2011 at 10:46 PM

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I took over the driving duties , but he insisted on leaving the damned GPS turned on . It kept repeating in that nerve-grinding , digitized , female voice , " Turn Around !!! " and he was on board with her and insisted that we were still lost .

I always have the sound on mute. I don't want to get into a verbal altercation with my GPS.


midnghtrdr69 - 6/21/2011 at 02:23 AM

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You know, there's these things called MAPS.

We are raising an entire generation of kids who DON"T KNOW HOW TO READ A MAP. Unbelievable.....I was also astounded when I needed to borrow a yellow pages at a grocery store recently and asked a kid at the service desk for one and he said "You know, I have no idea how to use one of those things." Huh? You OPEN it.

The idea of keeping my entire life inside my phone and being completely dependent on it to the exclusion of all other sources of information scares the hell out of me.

Guess I'm just an ornery old man.

[Edited on 6/18/2011 by brofan]


Oh no, you are a wise man. Ornery is when you let the GPS steer you into the swamp. Geez man, what a rush. That takes dumb to an all new height. Whatever happened to common sense? Seems to be in short supply at times....just MHO of course.


bigann - 6/21/2011 at 02:55 AM

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I took over the driving duties , but he insisted on leaving the damned GPS turned on . It kept repeating in that nerve-grinding , digitized , female voice , " Turn Around !!! " and he was on board with her and insisted that we were still lost .

I always have the sound on mute. I don't want to get into a verbal altercation with my GPS.


She really is a pushy broad isn't she?!


bob1954 - 6/21/2011 at 11:27 AM

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I always have the sound on mute. I don't want to get into a verbal altercation with my GPS.


She really is a pushy broad isn't she?!

No, the voice of my GPS is some guy named Jason. But I have tried to silence my wife only to find that her mute button does not work.


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