The settings for the Petro in Gadsden, AL are wrong. Trust me I got to know the State Hiway Patrolman that lives in the apartments at the end of the DEAD END road that it leads you to. Lets just say he's NOT very nice at all. But like he said "it's a good thing that this is not his juradiction and he was off duty" now the local officer of Gadsden that showed up he was real cool. Stop traffic for 3 miles so I could back out of this mess (YES BACK OUT A LITTLE HARD TO SPIN A SPREAD AXLE LOADED AT 80,000 WITH OUT TEARING UP TRAILER) and then took me 3/4 of the way to were I needed to go stoping traffic at every major inter section on the way. One of the best guys I ever met. It's on I-59 exit 181 like it says but it will NOT LEAD YOU THERE. Took me over 2 hrs to get out of that mess.
I have a feeling that there are a lot of poi's here that are not very accurate. Tht's why I don't download many.
for a Petro Truck Stop in Gadsden, AL - I found that the coordinates are incorrect by a significant amount.
Looking up the street address and then searching in Google Earth Plus I found what looked like an entrance to a truck stop at -86.083144, 33.996563
You can changed the coordinates by using Notepad to open the Petro POI file.
You should notify the author of the file.
I checked my file, and it's not mine. Haven't been to Gadsden AL yet.
Keep on truckin!
gerrydrake - I have found that the majority of the POIs on this site are pretty accurate. Occasionally, I find a site with bad coordinates. When I do, I email the author of the file and it gets corrected. Having created a number of files myself, I am aware of the difficulty in obtaining correct geocodes 100% of the time, but for the most part, they are usually accurate within a reasonable margin of error. I feel pretty confident when I use these files. Most of them are more accurate than the POIs built into the GPS software.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention, I have made the correction in the file.
It is posts like this that help us increase the accuracy of the files.
As you have discovered the hard way, none of the POI files (including the ones made by Garmin) are 100% accurate. You should never rely completely on the GPS, you need to pay attention to where you are driving.
There are hundreds of stories like yours about people blindly following the directions issued by their GPS, and then winding up in crazy and/or dangerous situations.
A GPS is just a device to help you get to where you are going. You still need to use common sense. If you are driving a big rig and find yourself on confined residential streets, maybe its time to stop and confirm if you are in the right place.
Just a thought.
To quote (paraphrase) MM again: a GPS is a co-pilot not an auto-pilot. You still have to use that thing between your ears.
If you are driving a big rig and find yourself on confined residential streets, maybe its time to stop and confirm if you are in the right place.
Naw, if it's 2 am we just start blowing the horn as we drive by the houses.
Hay it was a big street it just came to a dead end. May be they should post a sign before you get there or a no truck sign? Besides after you drive over a million miles like I have and seen some of the places were they do put truck stops, shops and everthing else then maybe you will be qulifed to judge. O yea that's a million miles + with out an inncident not bad in my book. HAMMER DOWN GET OUT THE WAY I GOT TO GO............... I just wanted to let people know so it could be fixed, And yes after a 1200 mile day you do get a little tired. Thanks to all of you that put these POI's together. They help me find a place to park and sleep.
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