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Driver trapped in car overnight due to satnav wrong turn

Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 11 Aug 2016

Most of us will have misread a satanv's turn instructions on occasion, all of us will have been lost at some point, but I'm struggling to understand how anyone could have driven down this steep and very narrow concrete ramp and thought they could make the 180 degree turn near the bottom in a large car!

But that's what this hapless motorist tried to do as he drove down the pedestrian only ferry access ramp at Dunquin where boats leave for the Blasket Islands off the west coast of Ireland. And he was sufficiently determined that he managed to wedge his car between the walls and spent the night stuck, blocking access to the pier, until police arrived the next morning.

Source: Facebook - Blasket Island Ferries

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Posted by sussamb on Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:56 am Reply with quote

Obviously no reverse gear Rolling Eyes

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Posted by IanS100 on Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:18 pm Reply with quote

sussamb Wrote:
Obviously no reverse gear Rolling Eyes

If the choice was spending the night or reversing back up in the dark I think I would've done the same Confused

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Posted by DIGGERFAY on Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:45 am Reply with quote

Have you heard the joke about the Irishman. Very Happy

Posted by Matchlessman on Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:50 am Reply with quote

So much for artificial intelligence. The car presumably told him to drive down there. Then again he's even more stupid for trying. Interesting thought, who is the brightest? The car or the driver. You could probably count the combined IQ without taking your shoes off!!!

Posted by Anita on Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:34 am Reply with quote

Matchlessman Wrote:
The car presumably told him to drive down there.

It's often not wrong directions by the satnav but the driver misinterpreting the directions. He (or she) is told to take the next left but there's a level crossing before the turning so the driver turns left onto the rail track. Possibly something similar happened in this case.

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Posted by DraySoft on Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:05 am Reply with quote

My Satnav directed me to drive over a rainbow one day, nearly drove over a cliff - should you be driving if you don't know they are an 'aid' and you are the driver?

Posted by CardiffJaguar on Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:26 pm Reply with quote

So often now what is evident is the lack of any common sense. Did that driver want to catch a ferry? As it was a passenger only ferry he ought to have been looking for a carpark. If not what was he trying to do?

If the answer was to follow his Satnav then clearly he does not understand the difference between a human brain and a machine. Perhaps it is time for him to give up driving before he loses his brain altogether.

Posted by M8TJT on Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:50 pm Reply with quote

The article on facething didn't say that he was following a satnav. Anyway, that road is not on any map that I have. This is another case of ppl wrongly blaming a satnav for a driver's stupid mistake. Rolling Eyes

Posted by dales on Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:19 pm Reply with quote

If you have a modern Garmin map, then you'll have Blasket Island Ferry as a built-in Poi destination.

The Garmin will navigate you down the short stub of a road, to your destination.

The pedestrian walkway shown in the photo seems to be a continuation of that dead-end road.


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Posted by DewayneSTX on Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:17 am Reply with quote

I had to say sadly poor guy. better look carefully before taking what you think "the right way".

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