We are on our first trip to the Hill Country of Texas, Fredericksburg to be exact. After spending a day in town, we decided to stop at the grocery store to pick up some supplies on our way back to the RV.
I found the stor on the GPS....received the directions, but thought I new a better way. So off I went to the South, not the North like I was being told. My wife said "I think you are going the wrong way"...of course I had perfect recolection of our last trip and new I had to go South.
Long story short...I insisted and went my way. Well we arrived at the store...drove only 4 miles. I guess I need to note that when we arrived we were actually 3 blocks away from our original destination!
The route that I remembered was the shorter way to the RV Park coming home from the store, but I had to drive way out of my way to get there! ... and all this right in front of my wife...boy was I humbled!
I meant to say this was our"first trip to Fredericksburg with the Nuvii 755" NOT our first time trip.
At least you were MAN enough to admit your mistake, and by the way it was not really a mistake;
You were just taking the scenic route.
Run that one up the pole and see if your wife goes for it.
A couple of months ago, I had an appointment. I routed before I left home, and when I was almost there, I was told to make some turns I didn't agree with. I knew a faster way!
So, I avoided my scheduled turns, made the one I wanted, and was preparing to make my left hand turn, and ahead of schedule. Sweet!
That was, until I noticed the divided lane that prevented me from making a left...
I've been in similar situations only find myself petting the nuvi chanting 'trust the geeepus...trust the geeeepus'...
Isn't that what the "detour" button is for??
There have been a few minor times when I have "beaten" my GPS, but then, many times it has beaten me. So, I've learned the hard way, that unless I am **positive** that I know a better way, I just go with my GPS.
I often have to go out on the road for work. I've got an old model (Nuvi 260W) which works quite well. The only problem: maps are not geocoded properly. This resulted in some funny situations. Some situations were not as funny as the time that the GPS lead me to a ferry which hadn't been working for many years (something like 10 years). Result: a detour of about two hours. Great!
After that, I decided to remove the option of using a ferry. Result: on a later trip (about six months later), the GPS tried to lead me towards a four hours detour to avoid a ferry.
I hope that updating the maps will help in any way, but since then, I plan long trips on maps, find out if ferries are working or not and head for different points along the way. This way, I'm sure that I'm on the right path and the GPS just lets me know when it'll be time to take a turn.
Remember that a GPS is a machine. You've got the brains to think about the best path to take. It's up to you to head on to the right way.
Haha I like that one....I'll use that excuse
...I have found that my choice of route avoidances only gives me a "best wishes" selection. Unfortunately, not always good wishes.
After driving with Monica (wifes name for GPS) on a long trip, my wife told I now had two smart woman in the car!
Lets hope you only go to bed with one of them.
I beat the GPS many times too. but if the choice is wrong, it takes long time to back to the route GPS pointed.
Our family's saying in the car is "Obey the Garmin"
We have learned not to try to beat it unless we know where we are going. (But I do remember the time it tried to lead us up a dirt road with a steep grade on a rainy day a few years ago.)
I'm happy to say I know my neck of the woods better than Navteq, so I can pretty much disregard what Ségo says around here. It's more of an "indicator of where I am".
Incidently, it "should" be the main definition of a GPS. All the rest is added only functionality.
It can also help warn you of some quick, sharp hairspin you can't see yet from the driving position. That's a good point for general safety.
On vacation, though, it's a good indicator of the route I should follow, so I'm glad to have it around.
Oh - and there's that one place I go every six months, and I just can't seem to remember the itinerary, regardless of anything I tried. So there you go, Ségo - you're there to stay.
That's also why I offered ya the Lifetime updates !
As a divemaster I help teach students to navigate underwater with a compass. Over and over again I tell them to 'trust the instrument' But...I have also ignored the voice on the GPS and done my own thing.....only to be sorry later. So I say....trust the instrument !!!!!
wives have very little problem making us feel humbled...and in some cases, delight over letting it happen to us males!!
I have to confirm I feel the most fortunate on this planet, for having met my beloved wife, and for treading the same path as her ever since.
It's Monday, and I start my week by world-widely saying how much I love her. And the feeling is just GREAT !
Ah, now I can go on with my day - and I'm working from home today, as close to her as I can make it !
out of town I listen to the GPS.
My GPS has tried to take me through forest dirt roads and up to locked gates at night-- kinda scary! I tried it with another GPS and it did the exact same thing. It does not matter that I have it set for unpaved roads, fastest route, or shortest route. You cannot always follow what the GPS shows.
So far.....my GPS has been correct every time. Waiting for that first time it leads me astray :b
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