Find a Car

BMW Driver Alert: Your GPS Does Not Substitute For Common Sense

Follow John

Emergency workers in Tormoden, West Yorkshire, rescue a BMW 5-Series. Photo: Ross Parry / Daily Mail

Emergency workers in Tormoden, West Yorkshire, rescue a BMW 5-Series. Photo: Ross Parry / Daily Mail

Enlarge Photo

It's not that we don't love BMWs; we do. It's just that their drivers are so easy to make fun of sometimes.

Take one Robert Jones, a British driver whose trust in his TomTom satellite navigation system led him to follow its directions down an increasingly narrow, rutted and precarious path in Tormorden, West Yorkshire, last March.

Until he got stuck against a fence that was the only thing keeping his BMW 5-Series from plummeting over a 100-foot cliff.

A British court convicted Jones of "driving without due care and attention"--in other words, sheer stupidity. As the Daily Mail puts it with characteristic British understatement, "he is thought to be the first person punished for slavishly following a satnav's orders."

The kicker? The 43-year-old Jones transports cars for a living. Yes, he's a professional driver, who claims to drive 5,000 miles a week. (We're skeptical; he'd have to average 10 hours at the wheel, five days a week, at 100 mph. We suspect he meant 5,000 miles a month.)

The rescue operation took nine hours, and involved a tractor and three all-terrain vehicles. Jones had to pay penalties, fees, and rescue costs of roughly $3,000, and got six points on his license.

Jones claimed was he was desperate to find a gas station because the car's fuel gauge showed he had only 7 miles of range left after visiting friends. For reference, a local farmer said he wouldn't even take his horses down the path Jones followed for two miles.

Uh, professional driver? Oh, dear.

[Daily Mail via Cnet]

Follow Us

People Who Read This Article Also Read


Have an opinion?

  • Posting indicates you have read this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
  • Notify me when there are more comments

Have an opinion? Join the conversation!

New Car Price Quotes
Update ZIP
We are committed to your privacy. By submitting this form you agree the phone number you provided may be used to contact you (including autodialed or pre-recorded calls). Consent is not a condition of purchase.
Try My Showroom
Save cars, write notes, and comparison shop with hi-res photos.
Add your first car
Take Us With You!
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.