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Old 12-29-2009, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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A Nevada couple who was rescued after three days stuck in their car on an unplowed road said it was GPS directions that led them deep into an Oregon forest.

GPS Strands Nevada Couple in Snow for 3 Days - ABC News
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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I think they were at some part to blame cause they were on an unplowed and unmarked road and noticed the snow getting deeper and in sub-zero tempatures yet they choose to keep going on the same road instead of turning back before they got stuck it's hard to blame the GPS for stupidity
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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GPS devices are aids. Tools. If a GPS says "turn right" and to your right is a precipice over a canyon....uh....so you turn right? Driving in a remote area covered with snow - that's not good COMMON SENSE. Don't blame technology. May as well blame their vehicle loaded with clothes, food and a shovel giving them a false sense of security. A GPS is beyond these folks if this is what happened.

a GPS is just a tool, nothing more, nothing less. Next thing you know, they'll be putting warning labels on them to fend off lawsuits from people who got lost and were attacked by bears or something . Ever see how many warning labels there are on ladders these days?
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:09 PM
 
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A co-worker working in WVA did the same thing, except the stranded part, turned on a dirt road as instructed by the dum-dum, drove an absurd distance before suspecting anything, got stuck in a creek trying to turn around, & had to hike back for help.
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Default The best route...

Those things give some screwy directions at times. Couple of years ago, I was driving with son to a store in another town and he insisted that I wasn't taking the most efficient, shortest route. He entered the destination into his new GPS. I tried to object a couple of times along the way, then decided to play along. When we were told that we had reached our destination, we were at a semi-rural intersection miles from that store. We had, in fact, driven in circles for a while before we got to the (wrong) end point.
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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Maybe its because of my younger days as a truck driver but I just prefer a map book over GPS.
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:29 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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GPS didn't strand this couple out in the boonies, stupidity did.

Shoot even the Boy Scouts teach that a GPS is a BACK-UP to a map, if a bunch of 11-18 year old kids can learn that, an adult has no excuse for being a moron and blindly following an electronic device.
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Galewood
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it's a shame so many people don't know how to read a map
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Old 12-29-2009, 11:08 PM
 
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I can read a map, and I use GPS...

don't blame the tool, blame the carpenter.
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Old 12-30-2009, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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ahem.

Don't blindly obey GPS

Mike
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