Beware! Drivers Watch Out For This Dangerous Maine GPS Glitch
These days, nearly all of us use some kind of GPS on long trips. Whether it is a global positioning system that is built into your vehicle or a GPS system on your phone. When was the last time you saw someone using a paper roadmap or printed directions from MapQuest? Right?
Even though these GPS systems and apps always give you a map on the screen, most people just listen to the spoke instructions. "Turn left at the next intersection. Your destination is on the right".
If I had followed those spoke directions during a recent trip to Skowhegan, I would have been in big trouble.
Madison Avenue, Skowhegan
A few days ago, I was visiting a business on Madison Avenue in Skowhegan. I've spent enough years in this part of Maine to have a pretty good idea of where I am going. I could easily find my way from Augusta to Madison Ave in Skowhegan without a GPS. But, since I was going to a business that I had never been to before, I set the GPS just to make sure I did not drive past it.
I was approaching the intersection with Madison Ave and my GPS (Google Maps) started telling me to take a left. Makes sense. It does want me to turn onto Madison Ave, after all. Right? Nope. Not so much...
If I had made the turn when it told me to, I would have driven into oncoming traffic. And, considering how busy town was that day, I probably would have caused a crash.
Fortunately, I have spent enough time in Skowhegan to know that was not the right move. Instead, I ignored the voice's demands and continued down Water Street, turning onto Commercial Street, and then onto Madison Avenue.
Not a huge deal, but it is something you really want to keep an eye out for. GPS are great tools, but they are not infallible.
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