Sat-Nav And The Current Road

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Technology

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?

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16 Comments
  • Invisibly Me
    September 22, 2018

    This made me chuckle! I upgraded my satnav the other year and I’m amazed at the difference (the old one was probably 7 years old and pretty useless to say the least… when the map randomly inverted itself I knew it was time to replace it!) Not sure what her name is, but I quite like Doreen. Maybe I can name her Darleen. She uses actual road names, rather than ‘current road’. However, both Darleen and your Doreen like to check we’re awake by occasionally seeing if we’ll turn into a person’s driveway or a random field though!! x

    • admin
      September 22, 2018

      Haha, thank you, Invisibly Me. I think you’re right, you certainly have to be paying attention to some of the things she says 😀

  • Sue W
    September 22, 2018

    Map reading was never my strong point, my husband could never understand how I always managed to read it upside down!
    My Sat Nav is built in, mostly it’s simple to use and I love it. My only criticism is when I recognise that I’ve reached my destination but it’s not in the centre of the post code. The woman repeatedly tells me to turn around now! Then all the way home keeps giving me repeated instructions to turn around. None of us has figured out how to stop this without clearing the memory and starting again! Now I always go to the centre of the postcode as instructed and then Inturn around!

    • admin
      September 22, 2018

      Yes, the built in ones are certainly a lot better than those separate sat-navs. I’ve had the same problem as you regards the post code, Sue, and like you I’ve not been able to work it out. I think it’s still one of the niggling problems with these devices. Thank you so much for commenting, Sue.

  • susiesopinions
    September 23, 2018

    I love mine on my phone. An amazing help.

    • admin
      September 23, 2018

      Thank you, Susie and yes, they are a big help.

  • rugby843
    September 23, 2018

    I agree. Most maps are not updated fast enough. GPS allowed my visitors to navigate around town easily. I like the warning of which lane to get in beforehand in city traffic.

    • admin
      September 23, 2018

      Thank you, Rigby. You’re right about the lane warning, this is where technology is very good.

  • Hope
    October 4, 2018

    I have no luck with maps. They can be online directions or on the iPhone, they always send me in the incorrect location. Of course it could just be me as my son says.

    • admin
      October 4, 2018

      Lol, Hope! I’ve used that excuse myself that they sent me to the wrong place 😀

  • Hope
    October 4, 2018

    Ya know – you keep on showing all the items you bake. I don’t think it’s fair because I can’t run over and get a slice! They all look so YUMMY!!!!🥧🍩🍰🍪🎂

    • admin
      October 4, 2018

      Well, the recipes are with the items, so you coulld have a go at making them yourself and let me know how you get on 🙂

  • zumpoems
    October 12, 2018

    “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!” — great line!

    • admin
      October 12, 2018

      Thank you again, zumpoems 😃

  • Lara/Trace
    November 4, 2018

    So glad to find you! You are silly sweet!

    • admin
      November 4, 2018

      Thank you, Lara, glad you find my blog silly sweet. Long may it continue. 😉




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