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Your Sat-Nav knows best.

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Your Sat-Nav knows best.

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67-year-old Sabine Moreau originally planned to drive 38 miles to Solre-sur-Sambre in Belgium to pick up a friend from the station, the Daily Mail reports, but when her sat-nav decided to take the scenic route, she ended up some 900 miles away in Zagreb, Croatia.
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Re: Your Sat-Nav knows best.

I'm just amazed that anyone should be that reliant on a sat-nav to that extent, shouldn't they have twigged after a couple of hundred miles (or much less) that something was probably wrong. Apart from anything else there can't be many cars that will go 900 miles without refuelling, surely the driver could at least have mentioned that something seemed wrong.
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Re: Your Sat-Nav knows best.

She should probably give up her driving licence!
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Re: Your Sat-Nav knows best.

That old dear should give up driving.
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Such was her faith in the sat-nav, she failed to realise she had driven through six countries with different languages on the road signs. She stopped multiple times to refuel and, incredibly, even parked up in a lay-by for a few hours to sleep. When asked whether the length of her journey seemed strange, Moreau said: "Maybe, but I was just preoccupied... I was a bit absent-minded as I had a few things to think about, I suppose."

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Re: Your Sat-Nav knows best.

I wonder hoe much petrol that is in Croatian money? Smiley
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Re: Your Sat-Nav knows best.

If she was that preoccupied she drove 900 miles through 6 countries she really shouldn't have been driving in the first place.
If there wasn't the Euro then she would have noticed that something was wrong the first time she tried to fill up and her money wasn't accepted Cheesy
One thing I don't get, though, are there no border controls within the EU? Wouldn't she have had to show her passport or other details and then think 'why do I need to show that when visiting a local town'?

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Re: Your Sat-Nav knows best.

Border controls do not exist in Europe.  Countries that signed up to the Schengen Agreement allow free passage without any restrictions.  We were one of the few EU countries not to sign up.
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Border controls do not exist in Europe.

Of course, don't even know why I thought that Embarrassed
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A sik-mav then Roll eyes
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Border controls do not exist in Europe.  Countries that signed up to the Schengen Agreement allow free passage without any restrictions.  We were one of the few EU countries not to sign up.

.....and that still doesn't stop them coming in.
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Re: Your Sat-Nav knows best.

We finally retired our old Vauxhall Sintra and replaced it with an Audi A6 Avant (2012 reg). The new car comes with in-built Sat-Nav. Fortunately I kept the Tom-tom Live device I'd bought for the Sintra. The SatNav in the Audi is hopeless compared with the TomTom.  Sat Nav systems can vary considerably in performance and quality of results. The Audi SatNav has the annoying habit of telling to take a turn just after you've past it. Once the Audi SatNav locked itself into a circular route... take a left, take a left, take a left....
I've named the TomTom after my wife, but the Audi SatNav is named after my mother-in-law.  I wish the MIL would end up in Zagreb.
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Re: Your Sat-Nav knows best.

I use an older Garmin Sat-Nav, never let me down yet.
[ Used in conjunction with looking out of the car windows !! ]
As a trial, I used a Sat-Nav app on my Smartphone....
Just as accurate, but slightly slower with instructions, a couple of seconds or so.
But, as a backup, works well.
My third backup is Map-Nav.
( Harder to read as my eyesight becomes more long-sighted, and the fonts are so small ! )
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kept the Tom-tom Live device I'd bought for the Sintra.

Indeed, I also use a TT Live (820) after a series of constantly unreliable (technically rather than directionally) Navman's and very good the Tom Tom is too, got mine with free lifetime updates, hardly a week goes by without several updates being available for it.
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Border controls do not exist in Europe.  Countries that signed up to the Schengen Agreement allow free passage without any restrictions.  We were one of the few EU countries not to sign up.

True but they still do roadside checks and check your passport if you're foreign! I went through germany a few years ago and they had roadside diversion checks in 3 or 4 places where all the traffic was forced off the motorway and they'd select the cars they were interested in. Needless to say, being a british car we got their attention every time lol. I don't recall it happening anywhere else though..
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Re: Your Sat-Nav knows best.

I don't do much driving in Europe but I've never been stopped nor seen any checks on vehicles whilst driving.  Maybe there was some specific reason for your checks.