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September 21, 2008

Nuvi thinks I moved to D.C.

Filed under: driving,learning — by heatherdc @ 11:02 pm

I learned a very important lesson this weekend. Don’t always trust the GPS. It’s not always right.

Knowing very well that I have been lost on this crazy side of the country many times, my Dad thought I should own a little GPS system for my car. He’s a genius. After one month, I know I literally could not survive this year without it. While I learn directions pretty quickly, I don’t always follow them so well. So having my personal electronic navigator has been very useful. And, most of the time, she knows where to go (yes, it’s a she. Her name is Nuvi, because thats what the device is called. Don’t ask me why. Garmin liked the name? Who knows.).

Emily came up for the weekend (yess!!), and got here pretty late on Friday night. We drove to Annapolis to visit her someone and have a few drinks. I was the driver for the night, so we took my car and my GPS. Even though I’ve driven there a few times since moving here, I always get confused on the way back. We won’t get into that, it’s complicated. As are all of the roads that go by 5 different names in this area. But we won’t get into that either.

As we’re heading back, what should be a 25-30 minute drive turned into a 90 minute drive. During which we drove much further south and west than we should have. When Emily said “Um, there’s the Washington Monument”, I thought “Ummmm. This is not good.”

I’m still very confused as to how this happened. We got in the car, turned on Nuvi and told her to go “Home” (which is obviously my apartment, programmed into her crazy little system). This has never failed before. But here’s the problem with relying on Nuvi, I might trust her a little too much. She’s loud, and she tells me where to turn, how far before I turn, and then repeatedly says what I’m supposed to do for every 0.1 miles until I do it.

And on Friday night, she decided that I moved to DC.

I did realize we had been driving for a while, but the screen wasn’t changing directions and she wasn’t “Recalculating” (what it says when you’ve messed up and now she has to figure out how to fix it). Soooo, I just kept driving. Bad choice. We were in unfamiliar territory, and started seeing signs with the Capitol building logo that said “Downtown: ___ miles”. That was probably the first red flag. Then we found ourselves on a 5 lane road with bright lights, too much traffic for the time of night, and street names like “6th Street”. Ehhhhhh.

Oh, then we saw the Washington Monument. Uhhhh. NOT. Good.

Long story short, we eventually made it “home” and out of DC. And learned that just because Nuvi knows all the roads and knows where you’re going, she might not always lead you in the right direction. Just be aware.



  1. This totally reminds me of that episode of The Office when Michael Scott blindly trusts his GPS and drives into the lake. So, yeah, on the brightside at least you didn’t drive your car into a lake.

    Comment by Megkathleen — September 22, 2008 @ 5:05 pm |Reply

  2. hahaha oh man. that was a great episode. good point! my car is not submerged in water, therefore, I really lucked out.

    Comment by heatherdc — September 22, 2008 @ 6:09 pm |Reply

  3. This makes me laugh.. my friend Jess has the same problems. She calls her nav “nancy” and yells at her like she is a person when “nancy” steers her wrong. I’ll be talking to Jess on the phone as she is driving and she’ll be like “nancy, what are you talking about you are so stupid, god, why do you always tell me to go this way,, ugh!” it’s funny. Nancy can get sassy at times too.. her voice almost sounds threatening when she tells you to turn somewhere, it’s like.. TURN NOW…

    Comment by Jen — October 5, 2008 @ 6:22 pm |Reply

  4. Awesome post, keep em coming

    Comment by Hiro — January 21, 2010 @ 12:52 pm |Reply

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