We normally call these little PDA sized devices GPS here in Malaysia and in different parts of the world, it is called differently. Sometime in the forth quarter of last year, I had my first experience with a SatNav (Satellite Navigation) and borrowed a Garmin Nuvi 600.
This model is sold exclusively in Europe but I am quite sure that there are a few units in Malaysia as well. I would say that once we got used to it, it was a very useful device and over-reliance on it suddenly sets in. Overall, it was a great experience with the following mishaps during the 2 weeks of usage.
1. Whilst driving on the M25, trying to by-pass central London to get from Windsor to the Docklands, the SatNav’s battery went flat (and I did not bring the car charger!). That was quite an experience as I had our Swedish friends with us who were extremely worried but never-the-less helpful in not panicking. Anyway, all went well when I got back into Wimbledon and pass Putney, the rest was quite plain sailing.
2. Somewhere between Oxford and Birmingham, the SatNav took us through a small country road (one of those B roads) and there was a roundabout that was not registered by the SatNav. This was interesting experience as being highly reliant on it, I was suddenly at a lost on what to do! Thinking back, it was such a silly situation as in any normal circumstances I did not need to think very much and just drive and take a 12 o’clock.
There are some other minor ones such as leading us towards the old entrance of a Theme Park instead of the new entrance but why I am writing about this is that to warn others not to be too reliant on this little helpful device. This fella nearly lost his life!