Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Technology secondary to brains, instincts

During a truck driver’s attempt to make a right turn onto a narrow street, a tractor-trailer knocked down a stop sign and hit a portal post on Saturday in downtown Santa Fe, N.M.

According to the report from the Albuquerque Journal, the mishap was at least partly caused by the driver’s decision to follow GPS, which didn’t take into account that the directed street was too narrow for a tractor-trailer. The full story and pictures can be found here.

The incident serves as an excellent reminder that the navigation system is a tool, but not the solution. A hammer is an excellent tool to build a house, but a hammer alone is not going to get the job done. The same message applies to when using GPS.

Saturday’s blunder in New Mexico certainly isn’t the first mistake involving GPS. Mark Reddig, host of Land Line Now, recalled a story from about 10 years ago when GPS directed a driver onto a boat ramp at the Lake of the Ozarks.

While using technology as a resource, we can’t ignore our own brains and instincts. All the technology in the world can’t beat the importance of having a professional, well-trained driver behind the wheel.

Again, feel free to use a GPS designed for commercial motor vehicles and other technological devices as a tool if you wish. But don’t forget that they are nothing more than a tool.

The person sitting in the driver’s seat is what matters most.


  1. In addition to being made obsolete by Google Maps, GPS navigation units are unreliable and distracting. I can look at that intersection with Google Street View and see that it is too tight for a truck. I can use Satellite View and Street View to see the best way to go and I can do that while I'm safely parked. GPS units are dangerous relics that should be abandoned for better technology.

  2. Which also brings up the fact that even people (brokers and shippers and consignees) expect drivers to follow a GPS. I booked a load and asked for the telephone numbers for both locations and had the broker completely lose it with me, telling me I couldn't call her customer for such petty stuff as directions, when I told her really??? All I have to do is Google them and get the number(s), she actually got pissed and took me off the load..........Google street view is nice, but, yes a but, what happens when you look at a route and a way in and get there and find local government shut access off to one of those roads??? I've had that happen to me in PA.....


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