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BMW Driver Follows Sat-nav Off A Cliff (nearly)  
User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 11
Posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3293 times:

A Doncaster man is facing a "hefty recovery bill", and an appearance before the beak on a driving without due care and attention rap, after following his BMW's satnav to the edge of a West Yorkshire cliff, the Telegraph reports.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/25/satnav_mishap/



What an idiot. How did this guy have enough brains to have a job that pays well enough to drive a BMW 5-series?


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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3293 times:



Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
What an idiot. How did this guy have enough brains to have a job that pays well enough to drive a BMW 5-series?

He works for AIG.



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User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3293 times:



Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
How did this guy have enough brains to have a job that pays well enough to drive a BMW 5-series?

Probably mooching off his parents....or talking on the cellphone without paying any attention to where he is going. Probably going to be this yrs Darwin award runner up.



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User currently offlineGreaser From Bahamas, joined Jan 2004, 1096 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3231 times:



Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
What an idiot. How did this guy have enough brains to have a job that pays well enough to drive a BMW 5-series?

I guarantee you a lawsuit after BMW will soon follow.



Now you're really flying
User currently offlineN864DA From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 259 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3189 times:



Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
A Doncaster man is facing a "hefty recovery bill", and an appearance before the beak on a driving without due care and attention rap, after following his BMW's satnav to the edge of a West Yorkshire cliff, the Telegraph reports.

Must be the iDrive.  duck 


User currently offlineBaroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3072 times:



Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
A Doncaster man is facing a "hefty recovery bill", and an appearance before the beak on a driving without due care and attention rap, after following his BMW's satnav to the edge of a West Yorkshire cliff, the Telegraph reports.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/25/satnav_mishap/

Where might
In the village of Gauxholme, he was directed up a narrow footpath which led to a fence, beyond which were "stunning views across the Pennines". be???


User currently offlineTristarAtLCA From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3005 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 1):
He works for AIG.

 rotfl 

This reminded me of a stand up routine from British comic Andy Parsons - ' A sat nav is a gadget and if you ask it to take you to Paris it assumes that you have the intelligence that you require a ferry when you arrive at the coast to cross the channel'



If you was right..................I'd agree with you
User currently offlineDragon6172 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 1201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2993 times:

Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 2):
Probably going to be this yrs Darwin award runner up.

I believe you have to actually kill yourself or do something that would make you not able to reproduce to make the Darwin awards, although they may do honorable mentions.

[Edited 2009-03-26 03:50:31]


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User currently offlineDazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2857 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2987 times:

I saw it on our local news last night. Why do people not use their eyes before listening to a little plastic box! It's beyond belief.

Darren



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User currently offlineDanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1809 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2983 times:

Hahaha...

What i dont understand is he was visiting his friends, surely he must have known where he was going.



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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5122 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2970 times:



Quoting Danfearn77 (Reply 9):
What i dont understand is he was visiting his friends, surely he must have known where he was going.

Maybe they just moved and he was visiting for the first time?

Anyway, typical BMW driver!



That'll teach you
User currently offlineMWHCVT From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 677 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2943 times:

I hate to say it, but this is typical of most Sat-nav users. I've lost count of the number of times that I have been cut up at a very busy local island and more often than not you notice that distinctive blue glow of the sat-nav.

Drivers seem to forget that essential routine when driving and just assume that all around them realize that they as the driver of the car has been ordered and must obey, to make the turn.

Mirror, Signal, Maneuver Dumbass.  banghead   box   butthead 



Must think up a new one soon, slow moving brain trying to get into gear ;)
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11607 posts, RR: 60
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2941 times:

I think you'd need to see pictures of what's behind the car before you judge; it could be that there's a paved road running beside the wall and that he got stuck attempting to turn around at the end - that's the first thought which occurs to me.

A few years ago a lorry did something similar here in Devon, only it couldn't turn around at the end and had driven so far up a tiny 'unclassified' road that it had to be dismantled to get it back out again. That was caused by poor map reading though.


Dan  Smile



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User currently offlineBlueShamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 2836 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2933 times:

A Donny man driving a BMW...?

Must be nicked !!  duck 



So I drive a 4x4. So what?! Tax the a$$ off me for it...oh, you already have... :-(
User currently offlineBaroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2909 times:



Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 13):
A Donny man driving a BMW...?

Coming from Doncaster would explain his lack of familiarity with the physics of cliffs.

Is Gauxholme a village name or the name of a lock?

Was he trying to take a bath?

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/374443

However, it does not look very like the pic in the thread starter.


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2907 times:



Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 13):
A Donny man driving a BMW...?

Must be nicked !!

That's what I was thinking at first but looking at it, it's just a base SE model with nasty 16" wheels. Not worth a great deal these days if it was say a 2003 model. Still, beats a Touareg.  duck 



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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9523 posts, RR: 42
Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2904 times:



Quoting MWHCVT (Reply 11):
this is typical of most Sat-nav users. I've lost count of the number of times that I have been cut up at a very busy local island and more often than not you notice that distinctive blue glow of the sat-nav.

I'm not sure I see the connection between getting "cut up" and Sat-nav. People without Sat-nav have done the same to me many times... unless Micras and Corsas, etc, had Sat-nav ten years ago. I'd also add that "most Sat-nav users" I know do not drive like that.


User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2901 times:



Quoting Myt332 (Reply 15):
That's what I was thinking at first but looking at it, it's just a base SE model with nasty 16" wheels. Not worth a great deal these days if it was say a 2003 model.

Heck, some people can’t afford a 10-yo VW Polo... a first-MY 5-series with the least interesting gadgets still isn’t cheap.

 Smile


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 18, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2894 times:



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 17):
a first-MY 5-series with the least interesting gadgets still isn’t cheap.

They are! Take a look on Autotrader, 2004 E60's going for under £8000 and if you go to auction, they go even cheaper.



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User currently offlineBAPILOT2B From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 927 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2733 times:



Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 13):
A Donny man driving a BMW...?

Must be nicked !!   

Amen to that, most likely by somebody from Rotherham who nicked it and had to use the Sat Nav as their get away driver!



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User currently offlineDanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1809 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2645 times:



Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 10):
Quoting Danfearn77 (Reply 9):
What i dont understand is he was visiting his friends, surely he must have known where he was going.

Maybe they just moved and he was visiting for the first time?

Anyway, typical BMW driver!

Yes...thanks!!

As soon as i posted i thought of that! Was hoping no one would pull me up on it!  Smile



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User currently offlineSmcmac32msn From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2612 times:



Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 12):
I think you'd need to see pictures of what's behind the car before you judge; it could be that there's a paved road running beside the wall and that he got stuck attempting to turn around at the end - that's the first thought which occurs to me.

This reminds me of a joke:

Whats the difference between a BMW and a porcupine?
A porcupine has the pricks on the outside.



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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2605 times:

I read about a German driver whom drove into a river due to error in the sat-nav, they had marked it as a bridge, but it was a ferry to cross the river... Smile

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13004 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2548 times:

There have been a number of horror stories as to mis-use of Sat-nav's from people running into trains, into rivers, trucks (lorries) and busses too tall for a low bridge or too heavy for one weight limited, and so on. They are a tool, they are programed and used by humans with their flaws, and to be carefully used, not be a slave to.
That this incident occured involving a BMW suggests that many buy them for show rather than their performance abilities.


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