Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Crackpot route for confused sat-nav drivers
By Paul Stokes
(Filed: 05/04/2006)

Modern technology is providing a route to madness for motorists and driving people to distraction in a tiny Yorkshire Dales hamlet called Crackpot.
Satellite navigation is directing strangers on to a steep unclassified road, impassable to normal road vehicles and with a 100ft drop on one side.
Salesmen, delivery men and minibus drivers have been caught out while taking what their electronic equipment shows them to be the quickest route.
Many ignore a no through road sign and open a five-bar gate before trying to continue along a gravel track linking Swaledale and Wensleydale.
It has led to farmers having to rescue them with tractors as the vehicles become stuck on an S-bend then try to reverse out of trouble.
• Crackpot was known as Crakepot back in 1298, a name deriving from the Old English "kraka" for crow and the Viking word "pot" which is a cavity or deep hole often in a river bed. In Crackpot's case "pot" refers to a rift in the limestone.
Daily Telegraph


Blogger colcam said...

Serves 'em right.

The country, which isn't that big anyway, is positively groaning under the weight of road signs. I've never seen the need for one myself.

I do have a hand-held GPS thingamijig, but that gets used to plot map refs and occasionally to help me find myself in the mountains.

11:47 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

The only problem I have with road signs is, that the ones I am following invariably disappear just before I reach my destination, while I am still in unknown country.

It's been reported that the number of accidents caused by drivers distracted by sat-nav is rising fast and will soon equal that of mobile phones.

3:14 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

OOh, that's what happens to me when I drive to Canada through Detroit! There's a tunnel there, I know there is, but they keep moving the damn thing.

What was wrong with maps, again?

9:10 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

If it's a long straight tunnel that goes from top to bottom or side to side of the page, then it could be a crease in the map. For years we avoided a certain road that appeared to drive through a large murky bog until we found out that it was the remains of a jam sandwich that had been trapped when the atlas was closed too hastily.

6:52 AM  

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