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Old 23-01-2008, 11:23 PM
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I use tomtom navigator 6 and a N95 to guide me round the UK in a 44 ton lorry every weekend .It hasn't let me down yet and as long as the postcodes I get are the correct ones it saves lots of time and money.
Dunno wether i would want to trust it check out links
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/6957429.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/7088105.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/6974226.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/d...re/6118790.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/6957540.stm




he was using his sat nav, lets hope it doesnt happen to you

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Old 23-01-2008, 11:35 PM
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They are like everything else fiddles you use them but you don't put blind faith in them. I did a delivery near Owestry (ABP Ellesmere) last weekend .On the way in (marked by signs) there is a low bridge marked on the way in at 4.0 meters which is to low for my truck . So I stopped and got out walked through the bridge and on the other side it was marked 4.2 m which would let me through. Driving very slow until I was right up to the edge I got out and after a look I realised the 4.2m height was the right one and the lorry went below and i got there. The sat nav only shows the fastest/shortest/limited speed/etc its up to you to read the road and see warning signs for weight limits, narrow roads and low bridges which is in my opinion a hell of a lot easier when the sat nav has the route worked out and all you have to do is follow and keep an eye out for trouble and not try to read a map as well.
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Old 23-01-2008, 11:48 PM
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Well said. GPS is a tool, and shouldnt be used with blind faith.

On a personal note, I get annoyed when theres headlines like 'Satnav puts takeaway driver on railway tracks'.

Anyone stupid enough to drive onto a railway track and get stuck on it by blindly following a satnav should be banned from driving imo.

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Old 24-01-2008, 08:54 AM
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Yeah, those stories annoy me as well. I've been using various satnavs for about 4 years, but I am still careful not to trust them 100% as they aren't programmed with information about road widths, bridge heights etc.
I think people, especially the less tech-savvy, get blown away by how clever these units can be and don't think about all the things it doesn't 'know'.

I live in a new build. When they allocated are postcodes they obviously used some left at the end of a batch which apply to an industrial park 10 miles away! So many people who come to visit end up there
Now, whenever someone asks for my postcode, my first question is always "Are you using SatNav?" and then "When did you update your maps?"

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Old 24-01-2008, 11:20 AM
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I live in a new build. When they allocated are postcodes they obviously used some left at the end of a batch which apply to an industrial park 10 miles away! So many people who come to visit end up there
Now, whenever someone asks for my postcode, my first question is always "Are you using SatNav?" and then "When did you update your maps?"
Same here, we have just moved offices and the postcode takes you to the estate down the road. Have to always ask if they are using sat nav and give them an ammended postcode to get closer!
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