Why is it that GPS systems in cars seem to cause the driver to forget all prior knowledge of an area, abandon all common sense and rely solely on the directions generated by the device? For example, if you took the freeway South to get to a destination, doesn’t it stand to reason that you can take the same freeway North to get back? Do you really need to re-program the GPS (at the risk of the safety of everyone in your vehicle) so that a disembodied voice can tell you where to turn?
What ever happened to the old fashioned system of “Asking For Directions,” or even the newfangled “Look It Up On Mapquest” tactic? Besides being stupid, the GPS trend strikes me as extremely unsafe. I recently saw a story on the news that said you’re better off driving drunk than texting behind the wheel. Since programming your GPS involves pushing buttons while inevitably not looking at the road, I would argue it’s the same, if not worse, than texting.
I’m all for modern conveniences, but am suspect of anything that disguises itself as a necessity when we’ve gotten along without it since the beginning of time.