— Learn how to use a map.
Seriously. It’s getting ridiculous that one of the criticisms of the iPhone has become, “doesn’t offer free navigation and Google Maps isn’t good enough.” Really? Typing an address and getting directions to it from wherever you are isn’t good enough? You really need a creepy voice telling you exactly when to turn? You’re that distracted?
It’s no wonder there are laws, like in Oregon, that prevent people from texting while driving. People have become so brainless while commuting from one destination to another, they need distractions to keep their minds busy—so why not send a message to someone? That’s the bigger problem. Drivers should be focusing on the road, surveying traffic situations, and driving defensively, anticipating situations that come up.
Instead, people are punching in destinations on their phones or little boxes and just mindlessly driving until a little computer chip tells them to turn. That’s as scary as someone texting while driving in my book. Yet, people are so upset that the iPhone doesn’t have it for free. Weird.
I’m no technology hater, but I am a bad driver hater. (East Coast mentality perhaps?) Whatever the case, there are points when technology can be damaging to humanity and navigation systems are one of them in my opinion.
It takes 5 minutes before you are going somewhere new to figure out where you are going and relying on your intellect to figure out things like road closures, alternative routes, and unexpected events such as accidents is much more useful that hoping your navigation software has been updated to reflect the changes.
What do you think, navigation systems or not?