GPS Leads Woman 900 Miles Out of Her Way

Sabine Moreau, a 67-year-old women from Belgium, wanted to go about 90 miles to pick up a friend at a train station. But instead she followed the directions from her GPS all the way to Croatia, 900 miles away.

She told the press that she wasn’t paying attention.

Here’s the story:

Put too much faith in technology and you may wind up in Croatia. A 67-year-old woman from Belgium learned that the hard way after she followed (faulty) directions from her GPS device.

The woman only wanted to go about 90 miles from her hometown of Hainault Erquelinnes, Belgium, to pick up a friend at the Brussels train station. Her GPS device sent her about 900 miles to the south before (during the second day of driving) she realized that something was amiss. It’s unclear if she entered the address incorrectly or if the GPS was faulty.

Discovery explains that the driver, Sabine Moreau, stopped twice for gas, slept on the side of the road, and “even suffered a minor car accident” along the way. She told El Mundo that she wasn’t paying attention. (Read more here.)

  • Will

    Maybe she should have checked after two hours.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      One would think.

  • Maggie Goff

    She certainly wasn’t paying attention!! Good grief.

  • kmk

    What I wouldn’t give for a road trip from Belgium to Croatia! For crying out loud, she probably went over the Brenner Pass! I think I would sightsee along the way, though. ; )

  • FW Ken

    We have Alzheimer’s in the family: there are several things here suggestive of a need to see a neurologist. The technology is a cute hook for a story, but how many times can someone say “I was distracted” before someone takes notice.

    Alzheimer’s in the early stages, is very subtle, with symptoms you only recognize later. This is not subtle.

  • neenergyobserver

    Good grief, well I suppose technology is supposed to be a substitute for a brain but still, even without a GPS, I rarely end up in LA when I’m going to Omaha.

    A bit of common sense wouldn’t hurt.

  • Manny

    That is so silly. 900 miles is at best 15 hours of driving. 90 miles is an hour and a half. Didn’t she realize it was taking too long…lol.

  • Wendy

    I think it’s wise to take a real map with you when traveling and not just rely on GPS. I’ve been led astray by a GPS since they don’t aways know when a route has been blocked off. That’s when the real map comes in “really” handy… Thank you, Rebecca, for the chuckle! It does sound like there is some serious cognitive difficulties happening in that dear woman…

    Blessings ~ Wendy