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Make a U Turn where possible

Emma, who is a regular blogger for Protocol Education, is a Teaching Assistant who works in Wolverhampton. After reading her latest blog, I'd like to know who else has found themselves in the same situation as I most certainly have!

Make a U Turn where possible

Turn left, turn right, make a u turn where possible.  Recalculating.  If you own a SATNAV you will know what I'm talking about.  For a driver, especially one on day to day supply the SATNAV can be your best friend or your worst enemy.  I honestly don't think I could do this line of work without mine.  It's such an invaluable tool that when one breaks, which it inevitably does, I go out and buy a replacement straight away.  I'm no stereotypical woman, but hand me a map and I couldn't tell you which way round it goes!

Whose side are you on?

I certainly wouldn't be able to navigate to a school I've never been to in an area I don't know, down roads I never knew existed.  But the SATNAV is not always my ally.  If I'd have let it I'd have driven down private roads, bridal paths, the wrong way down one way streets and into rivers.  SATNAVs can be tricky things.  Especially if you don't treat them to an update every once in a while... Guilty!

SATNAVs can be tricky things.  Especially if you don't treat them to an update every once in a while... Guilty!

Three point turn

Today I had an experience that made me want to throw my SATNAV into a muddy field. But stopped and remembered that 99% of the time it does take me to where I need to be, or at least close by.  I had a late call from Protocol sending me to a nursery out in the sticks.  My husband is a proper country bumpkin right down to his country nose.  He could find a place by looking at how many sheep are in a field, what crops are growing and which way the wind blows.  I on the other hand am a city girl.  I like roads that are passable by more than one car and streets with names and shops.  So, I put the odd address into the SATNAV, odd in that there was no road name, just a post code and a general area.  I followed the directions, right into a dead end and a sign that ominously read "dead end, no SATNAVs".  Was this a SATNAV conspiracy?  So I made a very awkward three point turn, so tight that I feel I should have won an award and peered over hedges for signs of a nursery.  Nothing.

He could find a place by looking at how many sheep are in a field, what crops are growing and which way the wind blows.  I on the other hand am a city girl.


This being the golden age of modern technology I googled the address on my smart phone.  I found a slightly different post code, typed it in and followed the directions down some very muddy country roads and stopping outside a very posh looking school with impossibly tall gates and a man eyeing me up suspiciously.  Who is the frazzled looking woman and why is she frantically looking around at hedges and hitting her SATNAV? Or so he must have thought.

Bridal Paths

Right, on the phone to Protocol. Help! I'm lost! Unfortunately Protocol didn't know where this nursery was either.  Does it really exist? Or was it a figment of our imaginations?  Protocol gave me the nursery's phone number to call and ask for directions.  I did.  Twice.  And both times got as far as introducing myself and saying I was lost before getting cut off. Protocol gave me another road name.  Into the SATNAV it went. Turn right. "But that's a bridal path!" I shrieked to my SATNAV as I drove by looking for a road.  Make a u turn where possible, it replied. I know my car is small, but that takes the (sea) biscuit! *drum roll*.

Home Sweet Home

In the end, much to my relief Protocol sent me home.  I was too lost and too late.  And with the SATNAV set to home I returned to my warm bed.  It's funny how home is the one place the SATNAV never fails to find.

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