Don't set the sat nav while you're tired. (1 Viewer)

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I recently typed in the coordinates into my sat nav for the following days destination just before I went to bed. In the morning off I went trundling along 200 miles when I was diverted down a dirt track in the middle of nowhere and my satnav proudly announced " you have arrived". No I haven't.
I checked the coordinates and I had put 1 digit in incorrectly......D'oh!
I had driven 20 miles beyond where I wanted to be......ouch.
Similar stories anyone?
 

AlunandFelicie

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I think there was a report in one of the national newspapers some years ago about someone typing the coordinates in for a trip from somewhere Manchester way and they were offered a great route to Cornwall
Manchester - Holyhead -Dublin-Cork - Roscoff - St Malo - Plymouth- Destination. Estimated time of journey-3 days 🤪🤪🤪
 
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You can’t beat town and street name for me, you might have to find your location on the street but for me much less hassle than coordinates

As we say, it’s different not wrong 👍🙂

Never did get why so many people constantly request coordinates on here
I find co-ordinates much better than post codes when out in the sticks.
 
Oct 29, 2016
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I wonder if what 3 words can be pinged over to a Garmin Camper Sat Nav, don't know yet as I haven't tried, but it would be great if it could.
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Apr 27, 2008
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Postcodes are useless in France for example as one code seems to cover a vast area. Useful only in UK and Netherlands.
Coordinates are brilliant if you get it right, what3words even better if your sat navigation will accept them, mine won't.
 
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I think there was a report in one of the national newspapers some years ago about someone typing the coordinates in for a trip from somewhere Manchester way and they were offered a great route to Cornwall
Manchester - Holyhead -Dublin-Cork - Roscoff - St Malo - Plymouth- Destination. Estimated time of journey-3 days 🤪🤪🤪

They probably had it set to shortest route - only had to drive Man-Holyhead, Dublin-Cork and over the Tamar bridge from Plymouth :LOL:

They forgot 'No Ferries'

[Edit - I left out Roscoff- St Malo]
 
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Did a course once in Sussex, one person was late and arrived mid afternoon.

It was a contracted course in a hotel. They had gone to the course providers HQ in York instead. :-(
 

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Happened once to us in France.
Manic typed in Village name, for an Aire, and we ended up in a village of that name but not the one we wanted!

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My village is next to Portsmouth on the Lancashire West Yorks boundary needless to say there have been many foreign lorry drivers struggling to find the port. One guy a Polish lad broke down and crying when we told him he was 200miles away.
 
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I hear that there's many a driver travel to the wrong Newport at one time or another.
 
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I discovered there is another Southend on the end of the Mull of Kintyre when I was presented with a very strange route out of Essex.
 

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We bought our first moho in 2012. On our very first trip I set our aire using GPS Co-ordinates. We were going to the Futurescope aire. We ended up 50 odd miles away in the back end of nowhere! Penny kept on saying this was wrong - but I insisted “Jane” the Sat Nav voice must be right. Turned out I used the wrong former! Family have never forgotten.
Ironicallly just got the latest Tom Tom and it is f*********g brilliant!
 
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I think there was a report in one of the national newspapers some years ago about someone typing the coordinates in for a trip from somewhere Manchester way and they were offered a great route to Cornwall
Manchester - Holyhead -Dublin-Cork - Roscoff - St Malo - Plymouth- Destination. Estimated time of journey-3 days 🤪🤪🤪
it can take that long to get there via the M6 and M5.
 
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My village is next to Portsmouth on the Lancashire West Yorks boundary needless to say there have been many foreign lorry drivers struggling to find the port. One guy a Polish lad broke down and crying when we told him he was 200miles away.
Just to add to the confusion, I see that there is a "Roebuck" pub. There is also one a little way out of Portsmouth near the CAMC site used by channel crossers as well.

As for 'what 3 words', I don't think any commercial satnavs accept them. Can't go wrong with Lat/Long so long as you don't transpose numbers etc.
 
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I don’t know if it’s an apocryphal story or true but it was reported that someone jumped in a cab In London and asked the driver to take them to Stamford Bridge. A few hours later they arrived at Stamford Bridge in East Yorkshire instead of watching a football game in the capital.
 

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