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Old 03-05-2013, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Yet another story of people getting in a bad spot, because they were lazy and didn't use a Map. In my area we've had Big Rig drivers make huge mistakes by relying on their Garmins or Tom Toms. People driving their New Caddies/BMWs down rough dirt roads and getting lost. Some folk even getting lost in Oregon and death.

The latest story: My wife laughed, as did I. At least no one died.

GPS snafu strands tour bus | Sonora / Tuolumne News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown | Union Democrat

In our area we had a big rig go off a cliff and six months later another one needed a sky crane to get home due to drivers relying in their Garmins. Use a Map. Don't trust your Tom Tom in rural areas.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:19 PM
 
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Problem is that most people who rely on GPS without thinking can't read a map well either. The problem lies with the user, not the device.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:05 AM
 
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I would imagine they have giant sign that says no large vehicles?

I personally witnessed something like that in Arizona. This road was literally like the road runner cartoons, sheer cliff on both of the road with a drop that was 100's of feet. There was barely room for two small cars in some areas. I was astounded this road even existed and they let people drive on it. The guy was in a tractor trailer, there was no where to turn around and he must of been 5 miles into it before he got to the really bad part and stuck. You can't backup for 5 miles... LOL they ended up having to put a wrecker on both ends of the truck. The wrecker on the back end had to lift the back to get it around the corners.

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Old 03-06-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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People have a GPS they bough four years ago and have never updated. They ***** because it doesn't have all the roads on it. These are the same people that don't know what the little stick on the side of the steering column is for and wonder why other drivers honk and them when they slam on their brakes at the last moment and turn.

You can't fix stupid with technology.

Seriously, this says it all:

"A tour bus carrying more than 30 sixth-graders was stranded on a remote one-lane dirt road in Yosemite National Park"

Idiot.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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""A tour bus carrying more than 30 sixth-graders was stranded on a remote one-lane dirt road in Yosemite National Park"

Idiot."


Wasn't that a "South Park" episode?
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:10 PM
 
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While on the topic anyone ever in Yosemite and see how those bus drivers drive? Them people must have death grips on their armrests especially if they aren't used to roads like that. . LOL
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:24 PM
 
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That reminds me of a drive we took to a day sail on St. Thomas. The driver was familiar with the roads and was in a hurry. The two guys in front of me were peeing their pants thinking they were going to die.


I was having a blast!!
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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What makes you think a paper map is any more accurate than an electronic one?
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:09 AM
 
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What makes you think a paper map is any more accurate than an electronic one?
True, I know I've seen some roads in my area marked on PA maps that you need 4 wheel vehicle. Having said that it's not the accuracy necessarily but relying on the tech telling where you turn etc.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:37 AM
 
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True, I know I've seen some roads in my area marked on PA maps that you need 4 wheel vehicle. Having said that it's not the accuracy necessarily but relying on the tech telling where you turn etc.
At least with GPS, if it tells you to turn on a particular road, you can be pretty sure you're on the road it intended, not the one 1/4 away. Of course its always the driver's decision about whether or not to follow any navigation aid's directions.
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