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Family Kept Awake By Recurrent Sat Nav Blunders

Article by: rob brady
Date: 31 Jul 2012

Whilst sat nav blunders usually cause disruption to their drivers, one Scottish family are being routinely kept awake by errors as misguided motorists arrive at their home seeking directions.

According to a report, the family in Paisley are being woken by disgruntled drivers who have been misdirected to their farm house whilst attempting to locate long term parking for the nearby Glasgow Airport.

The family claim they receive as many as twenty-five lost drivers each day, with some knocking to ask for directions during the early hours of the morning.

For elderly residents Wilma and John Martin, both of whom are in their seventies, this proved highly stressful; with their disrupted sleep patterns prompting their daughter to move back home. It does beg the question why they didn't put a sign on their door!

Thankfully, local councils are finally pursuing action after two years of complaints from the Martins and Direct Parking, the organisation in charge of the parking site, who claim customers have missed flights because of the erroneous directions.

Unfortunately, issues concerning sat nav directions have not been uncommon of late. Tourists allegedly followed sat nav directions into the sea earlier this year whilst a driver in Bristol was left wedged between two houses for more than three hours after attempting to travel up a narrow street.

Whilst some of these mistakes can be attributed to driver ignorance, improvements to sat nav directions have been proposed as a viable way to address growing concerns: action which was discussed at the first sat nav summit in March.


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Posted by BigPerk on Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:50 am Reply with quote

It would be interesting to know if these were postcode searches. I was misdirected to the wrong village a couple of years ago, because the official directions to the church we were going to gave the wrong postcode - it was only when I checked against the big board outside the church (once I'd found the place Evil or Very Mad ) itself that I found two characters had been swapped around. At least we didn't miss the wedding!

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Posted by Guivre46 on Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:19 pm Reply with quote

What an opportunity - set aside a field and charge 25 a day per car. Employ a night worker. Lovely Jubbly!

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