We have a love/hate relationship with our Satellite Navigation System. We were warned ahead of time by our predecessors that we absolutely must have one, so we dutifully purchased a Garmin first thing. It’s true that we would be literally lost without it, but it is not infallible by any stretch of the imagination. Even after updates, it
- led us to a non-existent on-ramp to a carriageway (“take the slip-road on the left to enter A11…” “Wait, what?? There is nothing but grass here….”)
- can’t recognize roads on the military bases
- is haphazard about whether it will accept an address or not (sometimes it will accept a road, but not a house number, giving us other choices than the one we want; or after inputting a street name, it will pull up a totally different name–often one CLOSE to the road we want, but why not the one we want??)
- will take us to the same places via different routes. How does it choose, when it won’t give us a choice?
- Whenever we select “HOME” it won’t give us alternate routes, just begins navigating…what if we wanted to take the scenic route home??
- But the most incredible directions we got was when we missed a turn and Ms. Garmin rerouted us to take the next road. As we did so, it soon became apparent that our route was deteriorating into very narrow farm roads, or “droves.” That was okay, we’d done that before; not the best situation if we encounter another vehicle, but doable…then, the next instruction was, “Prepare to drive off-road.” WHAT? Turn off into the field of potatoes?? I don’t think so…We kept going and eventually found a real road, but I couldn’t believe that command was even in the database…
Once it gave us a good laugh: we were way out in the boondocks, driving along farm roads with not another vehicle in sight, when, for the first time, Ms Garmin broke in and said, “Traffic is flowing smoothly along your route.” Perfect! Very helpful information!
As necessary as the SAT NAV is to negotiate the labyrinth of a road system here, we have come to rely even more heavily on prayer and faith that we will be guided to the right destination, and THAT navigation system has never let us down.