Satnav leaves family stranded in Outback for three days
Ignore those 'Road Closed' signs, why don't you
We bring you today's GPS navigation mishap hilarity news from Australia, where a family of four were trapped in their car for three days after ignoring road signs.
The family were travelling across Australia from Brisbane to Perth followed the instructions of their GPS and entered the Darling River Road in New South Wales's outback.
Police had closed the 700Km-long dirt road because of heavy rain. But the family went with the satnav instead and soon enough their ute and trailer were bogged down.
They called for help and this took three days to arrive, owing to treacherous conditions.
In the meantime, the family had to sleep in their car with their dog. ®
Re: Why bother risk others?
Ladies and gentlemen, a round of polite applause for AC who has never made a stupid mistake in his life.
3 days of "I told you we should have taken that left"? It must have been a harrowing ordeal.
Blame The Satnav
It's becoming a standard story isn't it. Some idiot gets themselves into trouble and thinks that blaming the satnav will make it all OK.
We've had idiots in rivers and public footpaths, tne moron who drove into a building site toilet and nary a day goes buy that some berk in an HGV doesn't get stuck up a little lane somewhere. I live on an A road that has a weight limit and every single driver who gets stopped (or occasionally stuck) blames their satnav. One idiot was asked by plod if he saw the weight limit and diversion signs, including the big electronically activated flashing thing, and replied that he though his satnav knew a different route. Blimey but satnavs are clever.
The thing is these idiots would ignore the signs whether or not they had satnav. I see plenty of people without satnav on their dash ignoring road closed signs, I saw one in York only yesterday. Too many people think that road signs don't apply to them.
The satnav is for some reasons seen of one of the great evils of the 21st century so people in general and the media in particular are happy to accept the satnav as the reason for everything. One traffic plod I know tells me people even blame their satnav for speeding, "Yes Officer, I saw the 40 limit sign but according to my satnav this rouad has a 60 limit." A ban is too good for these fuckwits.