I’m not doing that.
No, we’re not going that way.
It led me the quickest but most difficult road.

Keep Right;
keep right;
keep left;
exit at 300 yards;
keep left;
follow road left;

Silence…no instructions when expected

Signal’s gone….now what?
We know where we want to go, follow the road signs and keep going round to the left.
Ah, the signal has reappeared.


No it wants to take me somewhere else…it does not, it is just telling you there is an exit, it would give additional instructions if you had to make a manoeuvre.

Oh, we’re on the bridge, bet it gives wrong instruction for turn off…..let’s see.

Drive ahead……..exit.

It hasn’t told you to exit, we know we don’t want this one.

Exit at 350 yards, take exit.

We did.



  1. More confusing than a road map…by the sound of your post! It does that sort of thing….my son ignores it…if/when he knows the way…..We ‘golden oldies’ still use our ‘Road Map’…;)

  2. Road maps are fine in daylight, up to a point. I will be fair here and tell you that the satnav has been fine on at least three occasions. We haven’t used it that much as local trips don’t require it (usually). It can be confusing and I wonder if the satnav will remain so, even when we feel we are more familiar with its ways of working.

    None of the options are perfect, they all have an Achilles heel and that includes the user of the gizmos as well. :yes:

  3. We are learning. One or two mistakes were not because of the satnav, but despite it. We were given it as a gift so are still getting used to the ‘dear thing’. it has been helpful for me about three times to date.

    A friend gave advice on how satnav’s work, advising that it is always the direct route that is guided, which in a town can be okay, but in the middle of the wilds could be absolutely dangerous, so she found! :crazy:

  4. I expect, as with most new gadgets, once you’ve got the ‘hang’ of it….you’ll like it….. We don’t really travel that far…and so often anymore….that’s whyt we don’t really need one…;)

  5. I have always obtained the equivalent of the AA travel maps till now, making necessary markings before starting a journey. They worked well providing there was someone else in the car at night with a torch to continue with the route. Daytime was not usually a problem, as no torch needed, though two people were.

    My other approach was jotting a form of shorthand on one side of A4. Any long journeys are difficult to drive on your own with either of these methods, that’s where a satnav can come into its own, providing the signal doesn’t get lost.

  6. I take your point. Where we are, if we want to go anywhere, except very locally of from an ‘A’ to ‘B’ that we know very well, it is always a trek and not necessarily that familiar. Of course, routes and roads change too. It will be interesting to find out how the equipment keeps up with all of that. :**:

  7. No, I stick to the female voice. And when a journey just becomes too much, I change it to a different language. Travelling through an area you know, with a strange voice chatting away in Mandarin can be quite refreshing! 😉

  8. I heard yesterday that the increasing solar activity will put the kybosh on satnav more often.
    It is rubbish round here: there is an error in the database that send huge lorries down a single-track road with grass up the middle, and nowhere for them to turn.

    And directions to our house lead drivers down the same lane, then an urgent instruction to turn right – into a field gate and up a 40 degree grassy slope. True, our house is at the top, but there has never been a footpath there, let alone a road. The frustrating thing is there doesn’t seem to be any way to get it corrected, so I have to repeat the same spiel to every new visitor.

  9. What a performance. We can’t get our house recognized on ours. There are websites for satnav’s, depending on the make, where information should be enabled. I’m not sure though, as I have only been on the site for ours, once. It tells me that there is a newer map for our satnav, which is not very old to us. At a small price, under £10, we could boost their coffers because the manufacturers either chose to intall an old-ish map, (very likely) or the thing is older and has been hanging around on store-room shelves. This latter thought is less likely, in my view.

    We’ll have to watch for solar activity – at night and day – and snow storms too! I think in rural area, GPS’s could be a nightmare. Couriers rely on them and can’t get things to the destined point.

  10. You must travel on your own quite a bit; I couldn’t cope with a passenger and another language…there’d be enough verbals coming from the other source. :))

  11. GPS certainly can give poor service and this must be borne in mind by users. Caution and selective use is the name of the game, I feel. GPS has bee good for me on solo trips, about three times so far, but then, we have not owned it very long.

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