The Era of GPS Is Fostering Mindless Truck-Driving

Link: Turn Back. Exit Village. Truck Shortcut Hitting Barrier

"This little village would seem to be an obviously poor place through which to drive your average large truck. There is no room to pass and no room to maneuver.
But trucks and tractor-trailers come here all the time, as they do in similarly inappropriate spots across Britain, directed by G.P.S. navigation devices that fail to appreciate that the shortest route is not always the best route. ‘They have no idea where they are,’ said Wayne Hahn, a local store owner who watches a daily parade of vehicles come to grief — hitting fences, shearing mirrors from cars and becoming stuck at the bottom of Wedmore’s lone hill. Once, he saw an enormous tractor-trailer speeding by, unaware that in its wake it was dragging a passenger car, complete with distraught passenger."

You don’t have to go to rural Britain to see examples of this in action. A few weeks back in our neighborhood, a car-carrying truck took a turn onto our cross-street. If he was using GPS navigation instead of his noggin, he couldn’t have known that the street is technically two lanes, but in practice is so narrow that only one normal-sized car can get through at a time. Forget about getting a big truck through. But this guy plowed on, grinding a huge set of divots in the freshly-resurfaced pavement. He finally came to rest in the middle of an intersection, where his truck was stuck for a few hours, blocking traffic through the neighborhood until somebody came to haul him away.