What did we do before GPS

I can’t think?   We used maps ….. and had arguments.  Here’s a riddle.  What would you rather be?  The Driver or the Navigator?  Depends where you are I suppose.  Take Ireland…. now there’s a good one.  Lots of ring roads which most Canadians dislike.  You have to have been in the situation to understand how frustrating it is when you are going around the ring road for the third time and your soul mate (who is driving) is shouting “Which bloody exit?”.

Of course it is not made any easier by the fact that you opted to go with a stick shift car.  Yes I know why – it is much cheaper.  I agree.  But if you are driving in Britain or Ireland remember that everything is on the wrong side – the gear stick, the indicators, the solid white line.  This doesn’t make driving in a strange place any easier and if you do burn out the clutch (which is pretty much guaranteed) then it will come back to haunt you in your back pocket.

That’s why a GPS system in an automatic car is the ideal choice for a self-drive vacation.  The soothing tone of the lady in the GPS will calm down any concerns over getting lost.  She never gets flustered.  When you take a wrong turn she just sighs silently and then re-jigs her position calmly advising you to take the next exit and then do a u-turn.  Maybe us women/navigators can take a lesson from that.  But then the lady in the GPS is always right and her feelings are never hurt.



By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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