GPS - How to Navigate Safely
- 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.
- 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.
- With technology automating most of our daily tasks, it's as important as ever to always use your common sense.
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?"