U-Turns Increasing


#1

I have been noticing vehicles making more U-turns the last couple of years.

I was following Google Maps audio directions while riding on my bicycle and had to make several U-Turns.

Is computer-aided navigation causing more U-Turns?


#2

Good question… Probably the GPS systems do cause more U-turns for several reasons. Some are not very good at directing you into shopping centers so a U-turn is indicated. Some people rely on these things SO much they don’t use common sense when close to their destination entering a shopping center and they miss the entry or simply follow the GPS’ instructions.

That seems very tiring to me! Maybe take a broad look at the map directions to make sure they don’t loop back on themselves. And be sure to pick the bicycle option for directions rather than car.


#3

I used it a couple times for long trips. I am using the bike version which is labeled “(beta).”

… and the directions warn “use caution.”


#4

Sounds like that Beta version needs a few more tweaks!

My suggestion still stands, view the whole route before you leave so you don’t follow the loops it sometimes includes.


#5

Yes, I did that in a few instances and the system takes a bit of time to catch up.


#6

GPS stands for Global Positioning System.


#7

GPS tells the system where you are and the software in the system uses that information to take you to a destination on the stored maps.

U-turns on a bicycle are typically much easier than in a car. I’m not surprised that bicycle directions would include more u-turns.


#8

A few years ago, Google Maps directed me to cross RR tracks at a spot where the crossing had been closed to traffic for…maybe…a decade. Of course, I had to make a K-turn in order to get out of that dead-end situation and seek a different RR crossing.

And, just last year, Google Maps directed me into a cemetery when I was seeking a public park in a different town. :unamused:


#9

Yes check your route ahead of time. My GPS directed me down a forest service road with creek crossings. Fortunately I was driving my truck. Had I been driving my car would have been highly P.O.


#10

I have used the bicycle mode when looking for the shortest route to somewhere instead of the fastest way there.


#11

U turn required in new highway design for us