I’m quite a keen fan of most things technological. Ok, we might be getting to saturation point with phones. People are obsessed with them so much they’re beginning to walk like Gorilla’s on a forage through the jungle. However, I have a sat-nav in my car and it really has been a useful piece of kit. Especially since moving to the middle of nowhere. It means I can venture off to almost anywhere without getting lost or having to scribble out notes of directions that even I can’t understand once the car is moving!
Doreen Gets Me There
Don’t get me wrong, it has its drawbacks, but on the whole, I think it’s a great addition to the joys of modern day motoring (said with eyes rolling around my head!). I use the lady’s voice whom I think is called Doreen. She’s very friendly and polite in telling you when to take the next turning or which lane to get in for the exit on the Motorway. A friend of mine uses the voice of Mehmet who is a Turkish male. The problem is, the sat-nav always takes him to the local Kebab shop and nowhere else!! I’m only joking. One problem I do have though is the unnecessary need to say ‘turn left now’ or turn right now’ whereby I would usually end up in someone’s living room or at least a watery ditch! It should be something like ‘take the left turn at the next junction’.
The Current Road
Another slightly irritating thing I find is the need to call every road, street or highway ‘the current road’. Wherever I am, whichever direction I’m heading, I’m always on the current road! Not Acacia Avenue, not Route 66, not even The Highway, but the current road. ‘Turn left now and take the current road for 2/5ths of a mile, then turn right and take the current road for 1.2 miles then at the island take the 3rd exit onto the current road!’ One great long current road. Once you’ve got the hang of this, it becomes a great tool for getting you from A to B. You can even search it to find points of interest, although we’ve argued about our differing opinions on what is a point of interest. I don’t consider the local carpet shop a point of interest.
The Old Way
There’ll be people who’ll argue that you can’t beat the good old road atlas to find your way around. It might be so for them, but unless you have a photographic memory, you still have to write out a route. If you have a partner with you, they might not be very good at reading the map, there are a lot of folks who struggle with that. That’s why I love the ease with which you input a postcode and away you go. With instructions from Doreen at every turn. If you find a road that’s closed, no problem, Doreen sorts you out without stopping once to find an alternative route. Yes, it may not be perfect, but I do like my sat-nav and you know these things will continue to improve with age. Now, where was I?