The introduction of the GPS has undoubtedly created a revolution in the way people travel–it has made a road expert out of many of us. However, as a recent accident has proven (see below), excessive GPS use without backup information can be dangerous.
This one was in the news recently, a driver who led his semi into a footbridge in Lake Park. The truck passed another footbridge and a bike path before getting stuck, which was a wonder since the first bridge was really tight and frail. And the reason? The driver said his GPS indicated it was a road.
This next one involves three women who got lost after a wrong turn one late night and relied on the vehicle’s GPS, which led them into a lake. The car, a Mercedes Benz SUV, got fully submerged in water. Luckily, the three women escaped.
A group of Japanese tourists got into an almost similar predicament after driving their vehicle not into a lake but into the sea.
As one of the YouTube commenters said, if your GPS tells you it’s a road but your eyes tell you it’s the sea, which would you believe?
This one right here happened in the middle of a busy intersection, when a 17-year old teenager made an illegal left turn as per the instruction in his GPS, causing an accident that involved four cars.
You’d think drivers will never mistake a railroad for a vehicle road, but you’re wrong there. This one man was told by his GPS to turn to the railroad tracks, and he did, before he eventually realized his mistake. However, it was too late for him as he was unable to reverse his vehicle. He tried to stop the oncoming train by waving his hand, but it wasn’t very effective.
This next one is a pretty common GPS-caused error. A woman driving a Toyota Corolla unintentionally drove the wrong way on a one-way street and crashed into a Kia Optima. Good thing both drivers only sustained minor injuries.
This next story involves an 80-year old German driver who probably thought his GPS knows better than the people who placed the “closed for construction” warning on the construction site where he led his vehicle. Despite the warning and the barricades, the driver continued driving until he ended in a pile of sand.