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(Straits Times)   Men more likely to overrule GPS than women, stop in bat country   ( divider line
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2011-03-29 08:48:02 AM  
Headline: Men more likely to overrule GPS than women...

Well, the GPS doesn't talk back and withhold sex if you overrule it.
2011-03-29 09:10:08 AM  
I know the routes around my area better than my GPS. it usually just goes shortest distance, when i know that a longer route will be faster. Of course my model is older, so newer ones might take traffic and stop signs, etc. into account.
2011-03-29 09:10:16 AM  
I used GPS as a map for general direction, not as a babysitting navigator.
2011-03-29 09:22:52 AM  
Hunter Thompson was not included in this survey.
2011-03-29 09:23:15 AM  
Men tend to overestimate their abilities. Imagine that.

/Watch this y'all!
2011-03-29 09:32:08 AM  

moanerific: I know the routes around my area better than my GPS. it usually just goes shortest distance, when i know that a longer route will be faster. Of course my model is older, so newer ones might take traffic and stop signs, etc. into account.

I have a 3-year-old Garmin that does a great job of taking traffic into account on the highways. The power cord is also the antenna for a traffic receiver.

That said, I'll usually have it navigate the route, take a look at what it suggests, and then decide to either follow its advice or modify the route. In any case, unless I'm driving a long distance or somewhere I don't know, I almost never have it navigate for me.
2011-03-29 09:41:47 AM  
Sometimes when I'm on a long trip I like to play what I call "GPS Roulette" where I just let it pick some weird way to get home.

/found some really scenic countryside that way
2011-03-29 09:45:33 AM  

Mine is a 5 year old Magellan and it blows. When I do need to use it, you should hear me screaming and cussing at it.

"Please make the nearest legal U-turn"

How often can I make U-turns on highway!!!!

People probably think I am insane, which I am, when they see me shouting. I have it mounted low so it is not visible
2011-03-29 09:48:47 AM  

12349876: Most of the time when I use GPS, I have a good idea of where I'm going (looking up directions on the internet prior) and use the GPS to help me make sure I don't miss turns and so I don't have to drive like a crazy old lady looking at every intersection to see if that's the road I want to take.

So if the GPS says something different from what I've figured out on the internet, I ignore it and eventually it latches on to what I'm trying to do.

This is an important function of the GPS -- to break me out of driving hypnosis. Also, while I may know my way somewhere it's great for helping me around accidents and traffic jams. I can either tell it the road is blocked or start going down a side road and wait for it to catch on.

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: "Over one third of drivers said their GPS had led them astray, while more than half said directions provided by global positioning systems had triggered an argument with a passenger"

So GPS systems are manufactured by Mapquest?

Mapquest once sent me to exit 28 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike when it should have sent me to exit 24

I had my TomTom take me down a series of back roads one night until I got to a sign that said "Winter Maintenance ends here". I had to turn around a diesel 5-speed Jetta and go back up the hill. The ice covered hill. On all-season tires.

It took two tries. You ever try to drive a diesel on ice? You so much as put it in gear and the tires break loose because all the torque is right there at idle.

I didn't feel so bad later when a farmer drove some of our friends up to the place because their pickup got stuck on the same road, with the same GPS.

So, I always check Google Maps and Mapquest beforehand to get some alternate directions, and I'll continue to keep a good atlas in the car with me.
2011-03-29 09:56:35 AM  
Our TomTom sucks at being right about directions, most of the time.

I know lots of women who can't find their way back to a place they've been 6-10 times because they don't have their GPS with them, or they got a new GPS and the address isn't programmed into the history anymore.

I will use the TomTom if there's no 3G signal and I am looking for somewhere to stop for food/gas in a strange place on a road trip, or sometimes just for the fun of seeing how far off the GPS maps are.

TomTom may be worse than others, I don't know, but I DO know that there are multiple major highways that are simply not there on a TomTom. If you take the highway 331/9 shortcut from I-65 down to PCB, Fla, it will at one point tell you that you're driving through an empty field and crossing these tiny farm roads. For 10 miles. While you're on a divided 4-6 lane highway. That's been there since the 1920s at the least.

And there are no farm roads when you supposedly cross them.

My sister in law lives right off of a major highway that's been there since before the interstate came through town, but according to TomTom, it stops 5 miles before the turn to her house and ends at a T-section.

Sorry, I trust my GPS about as far as I can throw my wife.

/honey, if you're reading this, i didn't mean it the way you probably took it.
//you aren't very heavy. I'm just a weakling. really.
2011-03-29 10:39:15 AM  
Our TomTom sucks at being right about directions, most of the time.

My NEW TomTom has you turning left on Interstates all throughout Seattle, when all it really means is "stay on the same road". Go figure.

But it does have one COOL feature: it shows which suburbs have stoplight cameras with a little icon (and a "ding" sound).

/Fark Lynnwood and its traffic cams.
2011-03-29 10:56:45 AM  
I can tell you guys with hilarious certainty that 100% of the delivery drivers in my moderately high-density area follow their GPS, get out of their car, and then try to find your place.

They always proceeded to call me, at which point I explain to them how street numbers work, and that they shouldn't get out of their car until they get to my house.

/always tip them well, so they'll remember
2011-03-29 11:11:21 AM
2011-03-29 11:16:56 AM  

benpatient: And there are no farm roads when you supposedly cross them.

SOME of those are deliberate. Map makers deliberately put fake names and streets into their maps so later they can prove someone copied their work. GPS systems are SUPPOSED to ignore them in their calculations, but Mapquest in particular was notorious for accidentally including imaginary roads in your directions, so I wouldn't be shocked that other makers have similar bugs.
2011-03-29 11:27:07 AM  
I usually tell RoboCleese (TomTom with the John Cleese voice, and no I didn't pay for it)to shut up, as I know part of the way there. I only use him if I'm not sure what streets to turn on the first time I make a trip, and to remind me where tricky turns are.
2011-03-29 11:56:50 AM  

mr_fulano: WTF is this bat country crap?

Fear and loathing in Las Vegas. Watch it and read it.
2011-03-29 12:21:23 PM  
She: GPS says turn in 0.5 miles.

He: I'll turn when I damn well please. No machine is gonna tell me when to turn.

She: Congratulations, Criss Angel. You've just turned into a river.
2011-03-29 12:37:29 PM  
I routinely drive from Vegas to Queen Creek (South East Phoenix), and the directions I receive from my phone's map feature routinely tell me to use roads I despise. So, I use the direction as a guideline, find my own way, then forget exactly what I did.

Understanding that, this is what I need:

there should be a way to manipulate the directions feature to make modifications or at least track the route you end up taking, so that you can use that route again.

For example, every time I ask for directions in or around Phoenix, the maps want me to take the 60. I can't stand the 60. It is constantly under construction, the speed limit fluctuates terribly, and old people clutter the road. So, shouldn't I be able to see the directions and say something like, "modify to exclude the 60"? Alternatively, can I tell it to "track my route" and save it for me?

One of you computer nerds should develop this app and sell it to me - or tell me how to do this please.
2011-03-29 02:05:51 PM  

Trik: We can't stop here. This is Thunder Bunny country.

Oh Lord, I actually remember watching that once as a kid.
2011-03-29 05:52:37 PM  
true story bro, My 83 year old Dad led me to another state, to a restaurant in a little town he remembered from 1957!!!!!!

Not only was it still in business, the food was delicious, just like he promised. And no, he had not been there in 54 years.

/lets see a woman do that!
//on second thought women can remember a grudge for much longer.
2011-03-29 05:56:04 PM  
Trouble is, the need a GPS for white people. To steer you around the ghetto and barrio even if the route is longer.
2011-03-29 07:50:23 PM  
Check the settings of your GPS unit. Many of them have a setting for "shortest distance" versus "shortest time"
2011-03-29 07:58:17 PM  

Impudent Domain: Trouble is, the need a GPS for white people. To steer you around the ghetto and barrio even if the route is longer.

Lock your doors, Tint your windows and get an assault stereo. Blast any loud bassy music. Even the whitest of crackers can make it unscathed through bad areas with a car like that.
2011-03-30 12:41:52 AM  
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