I’m trying out the TomTom Start Blue Bulls GPS navigation system for a couple of weeks. I've started by seeing how user-friendly this little gadget is, and how many different routes it can take me between work & home.
Yesterday afternoon I decided to veer off the home route I’ve used 99% of the time since moving to Jo’burg, trusting the TomTom to guide me there in not too long a time. I didn’t check the time, but through the scenic suburban streets it felt as though my journey was not quite as long as it used to be. It was 200 m less than my normal route.
Initially I could not see what was going on on the screen, but found that changing it to the daytime setting sorted that. I swapped the English navigating dude first to Morné Steyn, but that didn’t do anything for me. Pierre Spies was my next choice. In English, not so great, in Afrikaans, awesome! So Pierre guided me home and signed off with “Ah! Jy het jou bestemming bereik, baie geluk”. (Ah! You’ve reached your destination, congratulations.)
So this morning Pierre and I set off to work. I was hoping to get the same route as yesterday afternoon, but since I didn’t pay much attention to the street names (obediently listening to Pierre), that didn’t quite happen. It did take me longer – I got stuck in major traffic on a road where people clearly didn’t know the difference between a four way stop and where the stop only applies to crossing traffic. Came across that twice and got slightly agitated by it. I will admit that on a few occasions I did not listen to Pierre (sorry guy, but by the third time the picnic line wasn’t funny anymore).
I didn’t mind the traffic so much after a bit, because I saw a lot of places that I wouldn’t have come across otherwise – I now have a whole list of shops to google and visit.
Tomorrow I’m going to take a route to Vodaworld that’s NOT on the N1. Hopefully I’ll still get to my function on time.
So far, I’m very impressed with this little goody.