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    GPS - How to Navigate Safely

    All major suppliers in the car rental industry have GPS navigation systems to hire. Most smart phones today also have built in maps that can direct you to your destination. Here are 3 things to remember when using a GPS/Navigation system and operating your hire car.
    1. The system will not detect the weather, so it is important to note that you will not be alerted to temporary problems, such as flooded roads or a fallen tree blocking your path.
    2. A navigation system will not always provide the quickest route or take into consideration traffic. So always plan for unforeseen circumstances. Try to leave early, if possible.
    3. With technology automating most of our daily tasks, it's as important as ever to always use your common sense.
    Below you can read about two incredible incidents where people who blindly followed GPS directions caused havoc. We hope you learn from these lessons, and that you never experience a GPS "fail" or mishap when you are driving around in your VroomVroomVroom rental car!

    Japanese Tourists Follow GPS Directions

    We all know that it can be stressful to drive a car in unfamiliar territory. Two students from Tokyo, Japan, chose to follow the counter-intuitive direction of their GPS. They ended up driving into the waters of Moreton Bay in Brisbane, Australia! They were attempting to cruise between two islands, taking a channel route, when they got stuck in the water. Good thing it was low tide!

    Yuzu Noda, one of the tourists mentioned to emergency responders that the GPS "...told us we could drive down there. It kept saying it would navigate us to a road but we got stuck, and there's plenty of mud."

    Bus Driver Follows GPS, Gets Wedged Under Bridge

    A bus driver responsible for a high school girls softball team ignored the basic laws of math, his bus driver training, and all common sense when he ploughed the bus into - and under - a bridge in the Washington Park Arboretum.

    The bus was 12 feet high. The very old pedestrian foot bridge was 9 feet high, and flashing lights and yellow signs posted on its path said as much... But his GPS said to go straight and that's what he did!

    The roof of the bus was sheared off, and several students were treated for minor injuries. In a statement, the president of the charter bus line defended the driver and blamed the GPS: "We just thought it would be a safe route, because why else would they have a selection for a bus?"

    Our last bit of advice is to always read the Terms and Conditions that accompanies your car rental. Click here to read more on that topic. Most Australian suppliers will not cover their fleet for damages if driven on unsealed roads. In some instances, Siri and GPS systems may not detect correctly what is sealed and what is not. Once again - common sense must always be used!