FFS. All he had to do was to get from Dartford to Heathrow.
Tracker showed him using the Blackwall tunnel and then the Vauxhall bridge -
last I heard he was in Battersea at 5.30pm after leaving Dartford 2 hours
Years ago I was trying to get from Oxford to somewhere near Greenwich by
car, for work. I wondered about going the long way round via the M25, and
then working my way westwards into Greenwich after crossing the QE2 bridge,
but decided to go the direct way: M40,
Roads/Streets (ie A501 and A1202), to cross Tower Bridge and then head
eastwards along the A200 towards Deptford and Greenwich. It was after rush
hour so traffic shouldn't be *too* bad.
Everything went well until I got near Tower Bridge, then the roads were
jammed solid. It took as long to cover the last few miles from there to
Greenwich as it had done from Oxford to Tower Bridge, and I began to wonder
whether I should have gone the long way round.
This was in the days before satnav (probably about 2001), so I wrote myself
a set of turn-by-turn instructions. It was also before the Congestion Charge
so I didn't need to find a route that kept outside the Zone.
Agreed. I bought a new cheapo 7 inch satnav recently as the
Tomtom clapped out. It is much better at routing than either Tomtom or
her Garmin as it avoids the back lanes and sticks to reasonably main
routes. It's also much easier to read.
But were you starting in London and had a London destination?
I live in SW London, and generally ignore the satnav while in the parts of
London I know reasonably well. Then just let it revise the route when I'm
getting near to 'here be dragons' Although the traffic jams update can be
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Mine certainly would. The M25 route is a great deal longer - and not
always the fastest either. As anyone who's been stuck on it will know.
But given the standard of some of Adam's apprentices, might not be capable
of following a satnav anyway. And if take a wrong turn just carry on
thinking it will update and not make much difference.
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Like many young people of today they have no geographical knowledge what
city they are in or of the major road network in the UK - so all they do IS
follow a satnav.
I am not expecting them to know if Doncaster is North or South of
Manchester - but I would expect them to know which is most Easterly.
Here is a good example of what I have to put up with.
Take a new estate and not showing on Google maps. You give them a reference
from what should be a known staring point to that estate.
"Get yourself to that school in Auckley where we fitted the Christmas tree
lights on the tree opposite the school next to the main road"
"I cannot remember that"
"The one where you fell off the A frames and landed in that pile of dog
"Oh yes - how do you get to the school?"
Did he navigate to the school on the previous occasion? Did he drive and
have to follow road signs. If not to both, then I wouldn't expect him to
have been paying much attention to the exact route that you took, and maybe
not even to approximately where the school was (eg N, S, E or W of where you
started from - he placed all the responsibility for getting there on whoever
However I'd expect if you gave him a postcode and an online map to show
where that postcode is, he should be able to use the map to work out a route
there, as a backup in case the satnav failed.
I use satnav for turn-by-turn directions to a place I've never been to
before, but I always look it up on the map first of all, and even look for
the exact house on Streetview, and work out how I'll get there. I use the
satnav so I don't have to memorise (or write down and try to glance at as
I'm driving) the exact turns, safe in the knowledge that it the satnav fails
I know roughly where I'll be going so I can try and match landmarks against
an OS map (*) if I need to do it manually, having stopped to look at the
(*) I have Viewranger on my phone which has offline copies of all the UK
1:50,000 and 1:25,000 maps. Normally it shows on the map where I am, but if
the GPS fails I can still use it as if it was a paper map with no "you are
A school that is in a village not far from where he has spent the last 19
years living should be good enough.
A school that he has worked at on more than one occassion.
The first and only time he has set up outside public Christmas Tree lights
and then he passed them every day for at least a week when they were
switched on whilst travelling to another local job.
You got a huge benefit from having a satnav today with all the floods.
It still took 2 hours o do a normally 35 min trip but others doing the
same were still out there after 3.5 hours.
It took some really out of the way routes but the tomtom live map was
Maps are of no use whatsoever in those conditions.
I also use it when I'm not completely sure where a particular
street is and where where I am going has a street number,
so it gets me straight to the door of the place I am going to.
I only glance as the map shown in google maps that is the
satnav I normally use now to confirm where the street is
with the ones I'm not completely sure of the location of.
I normally do because that is shown by default in google maps.
I don't bother, the most I ever do is check the alternate
routes that google maps shows because I can sometimes
be a little surprised that it says one is quicker than the
one I would use if I was going there without a satnav.
Yeah, I used to do that before satnavs
showed up, glad I don't have to anymore.
I don't bother, essentially because the phone has never
failed yet and I have been able to use apple maps on the
odd few occasions when google maps is down temporarily
or it doesn't know where the place I am going to is. Or use
google if neither knows where the place I want to go is.
I also have the local council's local map as a favourite in
the browser for the new estates that haven't made it to
google maps or apple maps etc.
In theory I would be SoL if the phone died but don't
bother to keep the older satnav in the car in case
that happens, or the previous smartphone either.
I'm not out of mobile phone coverage enough to matter.
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