GPS Again. Very stupid driver.

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by kemosabi49, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. sailboatjim

    sailboatjim Light Load Member

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  3. Trucking in Tennessee

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    GPS on your phone isnt like a $400 Garmin. There's a reason they cost that much.
     
  4. cableguy66

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    I bought a Garmin Dezl, it was sending me down roads with 12' 0" bridges. After that, I gave it to my father-in-law to use with his pickup because that's about all it's good for as far as I'm concerned. I then bought a Rand McNally and it is (for the most part) pretty accurate. Since about 3 years ago, I haven't even turned my GPS on because I mainly use Google Maps and do a thorough street view of any rural or city roads and check all road signs at bridges before I even leave the shipper and if I'm not 100% sure, I'll call the receiver to confirm how to get to them BEFORE I get there. I believe a lot of the problem is a lot of the new drivers are not properly taught how to route themselves or don't have any common sense to plan their route, they just punch it in a GPS and away they go! But as far as the majority of drivers I see on a daily basis who thinks their GPS is always right, it's scary watching them disobeying signs and about causing accidents and/or property damage. I also live 3 blocks from a big plant and there's at least 2 dozen trucks a day (if not more) who are going down roads posted "No Trucks" like they think it's fine because their GPS said so?? And some of them are hitting low tree limbs and damaging their trucks and/or trailers or taking out signs when then turn on our narrow streets and also cause property damage. Just sad it's getting worse
     
  5. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    Google maps and common sense win the day. Voice activated. Pulls up your route in 20 or 30 seconds. On multi stop loads it's awesome.
     
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  6. allniter

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    I think he'd f up any job he had
     
  7. Trucking in Tennessee

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    You must have not had it in truck mode. In 2 years mine has never done that.
     
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  8. cableguy66

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    Been so long since I got rid of it but I am pretty sure it was in truck mode because I do remember setting up all the truck dimensions, etc. and I paid for the unlimited upgrades so it was up to date. It was warning me of roads with 10 ton weight limits, bridges with weight limits, etc. even though there was no weight limit signs and there was signs that said "truck route" LOL.
     
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    Now mine did do that on the Bluegrass Turnpike. The last update Garmin had fixed a slew of problems.
     
  10. starmac

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    I have never used a gps, but it would be had to blame that on a gps, or anything else.
    I have takn trucks and heavy equipment over some rickety looking old bridges, but get out and look under them first.
    I needed a dozer moved to the other side of a job once A D8, if I went around by the highway it was 30 miles or more and on lt 6 or 7 on a dirt road, but there was a 6 ton bridge, this was down at lake limestone in Texas.
    We loaded it on the 3 axle lowboy and I told the driver to follow me. I hooked em and ran off and left him, when he got to the bridge, he stopped and kept trying to get me to call him back on the radio.
    The bridge was probably 12 foot total, maybe even 10 foot, and I had been under it to see what held it up. I had parked where I could see him, but he could not see me, he finally backed back up the hill and hit it doing 50. lol
     
  11. Rubber duck kw

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    I've delivered corn to a feedlot in Kansas where you get a half mile from them and hit the brakes because the bridge says 19 tons and I'm 45, that sort of garbage is why I dont trust engineers.
     
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