My husband gave me a GPS for Christmas one year ago and it was probably one of the most useful presents I have ever received. Today, however, I received proof once again that technology can sometimes be quite unreliable.
I was on my way to an interpreting job 45mn away from my home and the GPS, or “Helga” as I like to call her, was stubbornly unwilling to accept the address. So I pulled out the Atlanta road map from my glove compartment and searched for the street name in the index. No luck though since the address was outside of Atlanta.
Well, luckily I printed out the AAA directions the night before (something I don’t usually do) and put the sheet into my folder. What amazed me was to see how dependent I had become of my GPS and how nervous I was to use my printed directions. It wasn’t that long ago that GPS’s did not even exist and we relied on maps/written directions/ “co-pilots”. What’s also interesting is that I felt such pride when arrived to my destination 10mn before my appointment time and didn’t even take a wrong turn. It was like I had completed a treasure hunt or something. It felt great. Sorry Helga, you’re great and all, but I can actually manage without you.
-always print out, or write down directions, don’t rely on your GPS, or phone
-read the directions before driving off so you have an general idea of the road names you’ll need to look for
-always leave early to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination
-finally, know your right from your left (it does help)