Ok, I'll be the first ... the first to confess that the first thing I do with a new Garmin GPS is disable the "Safe Mode" so that I can fiddle with the touch screen while I fly down the expressway ... both eyes on the road and my third eye on the GPS screen.
I'm actual quite adept at drinking a pop, fiddling with the Garmin, and driving at the same time. I don't try to talk on the phone however. Hey, even I have my attention span limits!
Does anybody have their Garmin set to the Safe Mode.
Come on, fess up.
What is the Safe Mode, by the way?
Of course - how many accidents would be caused by people slamming on their brakes in the middle of the interstate to reprogam their unit because they change where they wanted to go..
Safe mode, not me
That is why the wife comes along to handle the screen.
Playing with the GPS is one of the duties of the official navigator It gives them something to do while in the right seat.
Keeps them busy.The only problem is that can find out where all the shopping areas are at.
I considered disabling this many times, but the times I've literally had to jam the brakes to avoid rear ending someone while poking buttions on the Nuvi leaves me with my "warden" with the notice. Seriously, as much as I've become a mulit tasker in the car, fiddling with the GPS is really problematic.
All My Gpsr are Disabled from safe mode
no, it causes more trouble because when you do have something to type or change or find out, its locked at that takes your attention away from the road and now all of your attention is on the Garmin wondering why it wont work.
Then you figure, oh thats right, the screen lock is on. Then you mess around with that little lock and BOOM!
Your garmin is now in the guy's backseat that is in front of you
Disabled so I can talk on my cell phone and search for the nearest Starbucks while going 85 mph on the freeway out in SoCal.
disabled at all times.
It was the first thing I did when I got my 780. Had done it with my Street Pilot, Nuvi 360 and 660. Ya just gotta be careful messing with it on the road.
Safe mode? We don't need no stinkin' safe mode!
I figure using my touch screen on my Nuvi while speeding down the expressway is much safer than when I used to use the click wheel on my Garmin I5 ... although, I gotta admit ... I got pretty good using that click wheel on the old GPS.
Safe mode was first thing I disabled. Although I rarely mess with my Garmin while driving. I'm too busy texting on my cell phone!
I always ride bare back.....ohhh, I mean, I have SAFE MODE disabled! (LOL)
YES I DID
NUVI 5000 & NUVI 200W
Let's see: Phone in one hand - punching on the GPS with the other hand while driving. Can life be better?
Better?, a cig, a cold beer between the legs and the sweetie to fondle in the pasenger seat, but I don't have any hands left. Well, maybe a cigarette, definitely the lady though
pencil me in for *disable*
was disable it.
To me it is too stringent in not allowing you to change settings.
I may want to change what's displayed while I'm driving many of the rural roads around here with no traffic.
I am careful about it though. Anything that takes too much button pushing I won't do unless I'm stopped.
disable,,, I can drive 55 and steer with my knees work the gps and eat a hamburger oh yea
Disabled? Dang Right!
It looks like 100 percent of us are practicing UNSAFE gps'ing.
So much for our gps education system.
Maybe if they start teaching safe (mode) gps'ing at an earlier age, we all wouldn't be flying down the expressway at break-neck speed, fondling our touch screens and click wheels.
Oh yeah, and for those of you who said you let your wife handle the touch screen from the passenger seat ... say what?
I tried that once with my wife, and she said "I can't find the map! What's a goto? It isn't finding any PLACES OF IMPORTANCE (her version of POI)(No matter how many times I tell her what POI stands for)".
And the number one reason I don't let my wife handle the GPS is she keeps asking me ... "Hey, how come I don't see any icons on the map?"
So, I said .... Honey, from now on, I'll operate the device from the driver's seat. You just sit there and drink your wine.
And that was the last time she touched my touch screen.
Sometimes I do.
Never had it on safe mode, shame on me.
Yep, I disabled it.
It messes with my phone connection for some reason, with it on, my phone doesn't register, with it off it does.
... fondling our touch screens and click wheels.
Hey now. Lets keep it PG-13. LOL
no doubt about it.
Garmin could save a lot of money by doing away with the safe mode and pass the savings on to us customers.........
Never has or will ever be enabled
I think it was disabled in a shade under 30 seconds.
Like others have said, one of the first things I changed.
its always disabled. with my radar detector, laser jammer, cellphone, laptop with evdo modem and gps all beeping randomly, im occasionally distracted from my morning shave as i drive to work, but the possibility of accidentally cutting myself with the shaver keeps me alert and focused on whats really important - to be presentable at work in the morning.
I think mine came disabled, at least I don't remember ever changing it, and the GPS is operational when I'm moving. Don't even know where I'd look to find it.
Being able to disable the safety lock is one of the selling points in buying a portable vs a built-in GPS unit. The built-in units cannot have the safty lock disabled without some difficult hacking.
Of course, mine's off!
Yep, they're all off.
Was one of the first things I changed.
I also use my reflection in the GPS screen to shave while driving to work.
I disable safe mode, didnt know there was one.
I got into 3 accidents rearending people on the highway, trying to enter new adress' for a new destination. It happens, if not that then something else, i find it more dangerous pulling over and getting rear ended.
....gets turned off..
I live life on the edge.. I'm a rebel...
-Michael in Houston
I got into 3 accidents rearending people on the highway, trying to enter new adress' for a new destination.
I can't decide whether that's funny or tragic.
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