My GPS Made Me Do It!

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A British driver has blamed his GPS navigation unit for leaving his car teetering on the edge of a cliff after he followed its instructions. Robert Jones said he trusted his navigational system and continued to follow it when it told him the steep, narrow footpath he was driving on was a road. Go figure!

Car dragged from cliff top after sat nav ‘nightmare’. Pic: Ross Parry/Halifax Courier

Jones, who is from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, northern England, now has a court date for driving without due care and attention. This after his BMW nearly plunged down a 100-foot cliff in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, on Sunday. He was only stopped from falling after the vehicle rammed into a wire fence.

The 43-year-old, who works as a driver, said he relies on his sat nav for his job and described the incident as a “nightmare”.

He told the Halifax Evening Courier, “It kept insisting the path was a road, even as it was getting narrower and steeper, so I just trusted it. You don’t expect to be taken nearly over a cliff.”

One onlooker said, “It’s all well and good trusting your sat nav but how about trusting your eyes and when there’s not a road in front of you, don’t keep driving.”

Sounds like novel advice, unless you’re a dipnoid that is.