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Socalsnowman
Sat Feb 23 2019, 10:49PM Email Thread Print View

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Last week we saw numerous cases where app based GPS units attempted to send travelers to Big Bear by way of Green Valley Lake - with near disasterous results! Holeinbow had a post today 2/23/19 at 6:59 pm (check it out for a laugh) about another interesting way to get to Fawnskin.

How difficult would it be for apps like WAZE and GOOGLE MAPS to have some sort of automatic WARNING that these unpaved roads will be impassable in winter snow conditions and VERY DANGEROUS.
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Delj
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During the last two weeks, I've talked with Professional Truck Drivers (2), Uber /Lyft Drivers (Many), and numerous others, many of whom drive up to BB in the winter. Some GPS apps accept driver input and others do not. All of the professional drivers agreed on one point: Let the driver beware!

Drivers who blindly rely on GPS suggestions as directions can, and will, die.

Disaster has struck in winter and has struck in being on a mid-summer desert road with a disabled vehicle. Last winter, a Professional Truck Driver allowed himself to be steered onto a rural dirt road in NE Oregon and got snowed in. That driver was even a local.

Was the road impassable, the vehicle unprepared for the portrayed transit, the occupants unprepared for a stoppage? Would any warning just be ignored? How effectively can Stupidity be overcome?

To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.
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