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Belgian woman drives 3000km across Europe by mistake

January 16, 2013, 9:28 amYahoo!7

A 67-year-old Belgian woman travelled 3000km across Europe after following incorrect directions from her GPS.

Belgian woman drives 3000km across Europe by mistake
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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 140km from her hometown of Hainault Erquelinnes, Belgium, to pick up a friend at the Brussels train station. Her GPS device sent her about 1500km to the south before (during the second day of driving) she realized that something was amiss.

Sabine's cross continental road trip. Picture: Google Maps


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.

It's believed she drove through France, Germany, Austria and Slovenia on the way.

I was distracted, so I kept driving. I saw all kinds of traffic signs, first in French, then German and finally in Croatian, but I kept driving because I was distracted. Suddenly I appeared in Zagreb and I realized I wasn't in Belgium anymore.

It's unclear if she entered the address incorrectly or if the GPS was faulty.

The lesson here: If you start seeing road signs in (multiple) foreign languages, pull over. You're probably going the wrong way.

Source: Yahoo US

Has your GPS ever told you to take a wrong turn?

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11 Comments

  1. Roger G03:11pm Thursday 17th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The lady is surely one person who should not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle.

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  2. stuart h07:58am Thursday 17th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    been to 51 countries, used maps compass and tom tom This beats all, for instance in Fr, you have to stop and pay tolls as you do in other places along that road, you also have to pass passport control in Slovenia and Croatia, so sorry this is a fabrication, funny though

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  3. andrew04:06pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Very fany and sed to . GPS can direct wrrong way if the reception is no rigth but the best think to do is stop and reset GPS and then put the new proper info in it.

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  4. Glib02:48pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    She must be just about the dumbest person in the whole world. She shouldn't even have a driving licence.

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  5. 01:14pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Makes me wonder how some people managed to survive long enough to get a drivers licence. Stupidity!

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  6. Nicky01:07pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    With a lack of common sense like that, I don't think this woman should be allowed to have a drivers licence.

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  7. Julia12:49pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    How distracted can you be????????i use my gps all the time and it has not misled me yet...... I am belgian too and after you drive for about 4 hours you are out of the country.....Really how distracted was she?????

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  8. SE12:45pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    A GPS is only as good as information entered into it, both by manufacturer and user. If you have no commons sense, don't use one, don't just blindly follow what it says.

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  9. 12:37pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I don't have GPS because I rely on my own navigation. I am also over 60, and can find no excuse for this behaviour. Totally stupid if you ask me!

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  10. Chris12:30pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    My cousin is a shocking driver. She looks at the GPS screen rather than looking at the road, and if it tells her to turn or merge she does without even looking to see if its the exit she wants to take.

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