Don't put blind faith into GPS directions
AS THE latest GPS directions reveal, you can't always rely on technology.
I have childhood memories of dad pulling out the old RTA road map and scheming a nice little shortcut to bypass Grafton along Centenary Drive on our long path up the Pacific Highway to relatives at Lismore.
A quick look at Google Maps shows the wily manoeuvre slashes all of 2.2km off the trip.
I don't recall whether we had to join a long procession of cars waiting to do a potentially risky right hand turn onto the busy highway, and of course that is highly dependent on the time of year. We also never calculated the overall time-saving, but I'm sure dad thought he was onto a good thing.
However, these days the shortcut is not just privvy to crafty map-readers (an inherited skill now sadly redundant in this technological age), with more and more motorists taking the route as GPS applications send them on their merry way unaware of the traffic jam that awaits.
No doubt at quieter times it can prove to be a valid shortcut (and definitely is for southbound motorists who only need to make left hand turns), and once the new Pacific Motorway is opened, it surely will be. But by then it won't be useful in any case.
You cannot always blindly trust the mobile phone applications for directions.
A recent hilarious faux pas on Google Maps actually revealed to residents a proposed bypass of Lismore before it had actually been publicly tabled:
On another note, Clarenza residents will be quick to tell you Centenary Drive is not in fit condition to handle the heavy traffic load - particularly with some trucking companies reportedly using it on a daily basis.