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To celebrate TomTom‘s return to QVC with another brilliant Today’s Special Value offer on Monday 1st December, they’re offering five lucky winners a prize of £100 QVC credit – just in time for Christmas!

Ten years ago TomTom launched its very first sat nav. Since then, 75 million navigation devices have been sold in 35 countries and TomTom has helped over 35 million holidaymakers on their adventures.

So, whether you’re meandering through the Spanish Pyrenees or cruising through Carlisle, the TomTom Start 25 TSV will guide you to your destination with an ease you can trust. The high quality maps (covering all of Western Europe) are displayed on its large screen and will guide you safely through complex junctions and unfamiliar roads – perfect for ensuring every car journey is plain sailing!

With that in mind, all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning £100 QVC credit is comment below with your answer to the following…

Tell us about a nightmare Christmas journey you’ve had, and how a TomTom sat nav could have helped.

Remember to include your email address in the designated field (this won’t be made public) and make sure to get your answers in before midday on Wednesday 26th Novemeber. Once you’ve entered, keep your eyes peeled to find out if you’re one of the lucky winners.

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125 Comments

  1. Eng Winter November 18, 2014 at 1:55 am -  Reply

    Last Christmas, my husband and I were travelling from Cambridge to Portsmouth to catch the Brittany Ferry as we decided to spend Christmas and New Year away. The journey was a nightmare from beginning to the end! Traffic jams with numerous road works and diversions in placed. When we eventually arrived at the Port, we realised that a Tom Tom would have helped us tremendously,
    firstly, traffic updates through Tom Tom would have given us the choice to choose a different route, avoided the traffic hold ups and kept us updated with speed cameras locations too.
    secondly, Tom Tom invaluable voice instructions would have directed us correct turnings and route when we had to take a diverted route due to road closures!

  2. T Hasan November 18, 2014 at 2:00 am -  Reply

    Wanted Richmond on Thames attending a wedding of my best friend
    ended up going round in circles,
    almost drove into the river
    if only it was colder that Christmas
    it would’ve iced over.
    Satnav would’ve navved, done it’s job
    & my ears would’ve been spared
    the nagging, gnawing pain of a backseat driver’s big gob!

  3. Sarah Shah November 18, 2014 at 6:13 am -  Reply

    My nightmare journey was on New years eve going into the year 2000 going to see friends for a big party but lost my way in Slough it was freezing cold temperature and I was very late – ended up knocking on doors for help but as it was new yrs eve there wasn’t many people around it was quite an eerie night! I definitely could have done with a Sat Nav at that time.

  4. Patricia Howarth November 18, 2014 at 7:41 am -  Reply

    I have wanted a Tom-Tom satnav for absolutely ages, I don’t like to use the motorways they scare me, so when we go anywhere different, my hubby always has to drive, and 9 times out of 10 we go wrong, and end up driving round in circles.
    Whenever I asked for a satnav, I always got the ‘why, you never go anywhere ?’ I always countered with ‘well I would, if I had one !!’. Then I got a new car which had a satnav built in, I jumped with joy, my reverie was soon dashed when I realised that I can’t programme it not to go on motorways !!! So I’m still left yearning for a Tom-Tom.

  5. Sue Matejtschuk November 18, 2014 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    My parents were flying abroad for Christmas. It’s only a 20 minute drive to Luton Airport for us, but even though it was in the early hours and quiet, I gave myself well over an hour to get them there. Unfortunately, the main bypass was closed for roadworks, and there had been an accident on the designated ‘diversion’ route’. So, even though I ‘knew’ the route, I was stuck for ideas and we spent a desperate hour trying to find another way through in time – thankfully the flight was delayed too! A Tom-Tom Sat-Nav would have found us a different route and eased the pressure, even on such a short journey!

  6. A Smith November 18, 2014 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    I was heading to Stratford for a family Xmas party but I looked up Stafford on the map. I ended up in the wrong town and had a long journey to get to Stratford-upon-Avon in the busy rush hour traffic. I did cry, if I had a TomTom sat nav I could have got there safe and sound and it would have saved me getting so stressed and upset. Not sure it would help my spelling though…… Ha ha

  7. Jane Knowles November 18, 2014 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    Ho ho ho it was a wintry snowy christmas eve ,i had loads of christmas presents to deliver ,and way behind schedule, those reigndeers were eating way to many mince pies ,not me hohoho ,i needed to get my skates on ,otherwise no body will get there gifts ,thank ful for the sat nav we got there in plenty of time ….santa xx

  8. Sonia November 18, 2014 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    I have learnt the hard and stressful way that I have no sense of direction :( On what should have been a straightforward journey from Great Yarmouth to St Neots I came face to face with road closures at 11.30pm. Panic set in as I realised I knew the original route ok but now didn’t have a clue how to get home. So against my mums better judgement (my passenger at the time) I decided to follow the car in front in the hope it was heading my way! Luckily for me it did pay off this time. It wasn’t the conventional way of navigating home or by any means the safest so thank goodness I got home. Never again!! :)

  9. Kate Edwards November 18, 2014 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    My sister and i drove to the NEC in Birmingham to go to the clothes show live we managed to get there ok! We had a brilliant day… however when we left we came out into this huge spaghetti junction got totally lost i ended up ringing my husband and tell him the petrol station we were in so he could find out where we were and google directions for us arghhh! We had also run out of petrol! This resulted in me and my sister shouting at each other then laughing in the petrol station over a pump LOL

  10. mrs l taylor November 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    I remember a few years ago when it was snowing and we had the route in mind to go from Stevenage to Lake District -we got halfway there got a flat Tyre,had to wait an hour for the break down man, we then set off and got caught in a traffic jam due to an accident-If I had a tom tom I could have took the side roads instead of motorway–all in all the journey took 8 HOURS!!

  11. Fiona carne November 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    I recently moved from Plymouth to exeter, when the there was road works oh dear diversions when you have no idea were you are going. We followed someone else traveling behind them and just went round in circles. Very funny. Really need a tom tom or should I say help help……Fiona in Exeter.

  12. Linda Gregor November 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    For a number of years we have travelled from Glasgow to Harrogate on Christmas day and feel we could do this with our eyes shut. However, on our return journey 2014 there were adverse weather conditions with severe gales and our “usual return trip” was cut short by a fallen tree on the A66 which blocked our journey making us turn back and going round in circles for an alternative route. A trip that usually takes us 3.5 hours, ran into 8 hours. If we had a sat/nav we would have been alerted to the hazards, and followed the quickest route home thus avoiding frayed tempers and continuing advice from a back seat driver. Hope Santa is listening for this year’s journey.

  13. lyndy loo November 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Last Christmas I drove from Devon to Bristol to pick up a new kitten. I couldn’t wait to get the little bundle of ginger fluff home .
    But wait I must , as I found myself totally lost trying to find my way back to the motorway .
    After about 1 hour of wrong turns , windy roads , and seeing the same field of cows at least five times I suddenly felt very travel sick so pulled over for a lie down for a while. After a long while, I eventually managed to sit upright without the world spinning and so decided to start the car – flat battery !!!!
    It was now dark and raining heavily. I had no coat or umbrella with me , just a mobile phone with yes you’ve guessed it – a flat battery !
    I managed to flag down a car that kindly drove me to a garage that luckily was only a few minutes up the road.
    The garage was just closing and although the men were reluctant to help (they wanted to get home as much as me ) they said they would help , but their pick up truck was only a two seater so i would have to walk back down the hill to my car – who said chivalry was dead :-)
    So there I was trudging back down the hill, wet and shivering with cold – the bottom and the sleeves of my sodden woolly jumper migrating down towards my knees .
    Just as I got to my car I hear a magnificent purr . No , not of my gorgeous kitty , the men had managed to start my car – yippee ! .
    After many thank you’s from me and a page full of drawings and travel instructions from them I set off to find the M5 and eventually home . A journey that should of taken less than 1 1/2 hours took over 7 1/2 hours.

    IF I had a TOM TOM with me at the time ,
    I would NEVER of got lost ,
    I would NEVER of felt travel sick ,
    I would NEVER had a flat battery ,
    I would NEVER have got so cold and so wet ,
    and would NEVER now be the proud owner of a 7 foot tall blue worthless jumper ! :-)

    My kitten was none the worse for wear and think that he even quite enjoyed his first new adventure , and if I didn’t know better I am sure I saw him grinning at me and my misfortune on that day …….

    Merry Christmas one and all.

  14. S Hill November 18, 2014 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Me and my young daughter once spent a great Christmas visiting friends up north. For the long journey home we needed to refuel the car and so got directions to the nearest petrol station. When we got there it was closed, aahh! Not knowing the area we were in we drove round hoping to find an open petrol station. After a long anxious search, watching the petrol dial advance to red, we thankfully found what we were looking for. I filled the tank and then set off to find the motorway – yes we couldn’t find that either! Oh for a SAT NAV I cried and so wished I’d asked Santa for one!

  15. Jean Taylor November 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    I was travelling home from a New Year’s overnight stay and the snow had been falling for several hours. I had 3 young passengers and the only route I knew (the A12) had only one lane open – the other two were blocked with snow and there were abandoned cars in the lane that was open. A sat-nav would have let me find alternate routes – and avoided the 6 hour journey that should have take. 2 hours maximum.

  16. Emma Phillips November 18, 2014 at 4:27 pm -  Reply

    If only I had a TomTom SatNav to have spared me the torment of the traditional Christmas market trip, where I had three back seat drivers and a so-called map reader in the passenger seat. Rather than the roadworks, queues and moaning, we could have been listening to the dulcet tones of a TomTom SatNav and got to the Market in a mood more festive than a humbug! Merry Christmas one and all.

  17. Stephanie Martin November 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    Going to my in-laws for Xmas last year in Somerset. Floods everywhere so ended up driving around in circles for hours. We needed a Sat Nav to find our way safely to our destination.

  18. Samantha Lees November 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    A nightmare christmas i’ve had was when I took a trip to Sierra Nevada in Spain. My boyfriend sprained his knee badly on the ski slopes so I had to drive back. I am very bad with directions to say the least and all I thought in my head was I wish I had a sat nav like a tom tom. My older tom tom broke so I never took it with me. It started to pour down with rain so I had to drive extremely slow on the motor way in Spain. I could barely see where I was going and could not read the road directions. If only I had a tom tom, it would have saved me from the one hour long wrong turning I took.
    There have been other occasions not only on christmas where I have needed a Tom tom. Once I had to stop a policeman on a bike (after getting lost in the summer heat for over an hour and giving up) and he literally escorted me to my destination. Yes I am very bad with directions haha.

  19. Karen Chaloner November 18, 2014 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    My husband and I were hit with freak snow storm on our way to a weekend break in the Lake District. The motorway was closed and it took us six hours of getting lost in country lanes in a whiteout before we finally arrived. The only thing that kept us going was the thought of a hot dinner at the highly recommended (and only) pub in the village, but when we trudged through the snow to get there before closing time we found it locked up with a sign on the door saying the landlord was on holiday in Tenerife! A Tom Tom could have saved us hours on our journey and given us time to find some dinner!

  20. helen cullen November 18, 2014 at 6:51 pm -  Reply

    I’ll never forget my nightmare journey. It was the middle of December and I was breaking up from work on maternity leave with 2 weeks till due date. I had lots of gifts to carry home so my husband offered to pick me up. He got stuck in a traffic jam behind a broken down car for 2 hours on his way to get me and I was frozen to the bone stood in minus temperatures in a coat that would not do up due to the size of my bump. If he’d used the Tom Tom he could have taken an alternative route and I would have been in the warm with a cuppa and my feet up !

  21. Kate Davis November 18, 2014 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    My daughter had been in a canoeing competition in Wales. We left the camp site quite late and the start of the journey was quite enjoyable over the mountains. I was using my phone GPS and my phone went dead. I ended up in a car park in Shrewsbury town centre. Not knowing which way to go, I followed a sign to the railway station thinking that there should be other signs I could follow from there. I found my way back to the A5 and set off again. When I found the M54 there were road closures and I wasn’t sure which way to go. I set off for Whitchurch and then found a signpost for Stafford. Eventually getting back to home some 6 hours later. I was exhausted. My daughter had slept most of the way back. Tom Tom would have been more reliable and I would have saved myself at least 1 hours driving as well as the extra fuel costs.

  22. moira cleland November 18, 2014 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Although it was over 20yrs ago, I often think how great it would have been to have a Tom Tom: I had just passed my driving test that summer and loved driving, however, Christmas week was visiting a friend who had recently moved house, I’d been once before during day so knew more or less where I was going, but it was thick thick fog and within a very short time I had become completely disorientated on what was only a 20 minute journey max. I was scared and didn’t want to stop car because of fog, eventually got there but night was ruined as I was so upset and dreading journey home- a Tom Tom would have been GREAT

  23. Inge Hendy November 18, 2014 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    Well there it goes i am German so i was traveling with my two young children all the way to Germany to surprise my Kids Grandmother for Xmas eve .
    I traveled there before and thought there would be no problem but i came of the Ferry in France and there was absolute Chaos everywhere trough very bad weather my kids where nagging and i got more and more lost. I ended up in Holland and had to bunk up in a BB until the weather got better and all the Diversions changed back .I got to my mum two days late the journey took 3 Days instead of the usual 15 hours.
    i bought myself a tom tom after this and haven’t looked back since.

  24. Linda Gregor November 18, 2014 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    For a number of years we have travelled from Glasgow to Harrogate on Christmas morning and feel we could do the journey with our eyes shut (figure of speech). However on our 2013 return journey there were adverse weather conditions and our “usual return trip” was cut short by a fallen tree on the A66 route which blocked the road, making us turn back and going round in circles for an alternative route. A trip that usually takes us 3.5 hours, ran into 8 hours. If we had a sat/nav we would have been alerted to the hazards, and followed the quickest route home thus avoiding frayed tempers and continuing advice from a back seat driver. Hope Santa is listening for this year’s journey and an “ejector seat” would also be useful!!!!

  25. Debbie Coyle November 18, 2014 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Me & my late husband had had christmas with my mum in Andover, then boxing day we were going across to Shanklin on the Isle Of Wight to see my dad …. what we weren’t prepared for was the ice and snow that greeted us in the morning … took 2 hours to do a 20 minute journey to Cowes … back on the main land was even worse !!! Docking in Southampton we were headed home to Preston nightmare all the way with bad weather and road closures a TomTom would have helped with our 6 hour journey home !!!!! :(

  26. Marie November 18, 2014 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    we had just landed back from holiday after a delayed flight and were really tired as our flight was through the night we took the wrong junction from the motorway and ended up total lost after half an hour and a shouting match in the car we finally managed to find the way back to the motorway junction and came off a few hundred yards further down to join the correct motorway for home. If we had a Tom Tom it would of told the correct route home

  27. Mary Heald November 18, 2014 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    Ever been diverted and then the signs run out? Well it always seems to happen to us. A few Christmases ago it happened again. Our son was car sick and so was the dog! How much better would it have been to switch on the SATNAV and let her help us out ?

  28. toni quandt November 18, 2014 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    M25 last xmas on the way back from bluewater, If i’d known about the traffic issues I could have got off at an earlier junction but no, I ended up stuck for 3 and half hours going no where,to boot I needed the loo bad and was in agony and the car had started over heating, total nightmare, wont touch m25 again without a sat nav.

  29. Susan Sexton November 18, 2014 at 11:40 pm -  Reply

    1981. I pass my driving test & within the week buy a Mini and with a friend on board head off to London. Quick look at a road atlas (no, I didn’t take it with me) before striking out for a fun day in Christmassy Camden town. Then its time to go home. Errrr, which way? I was hot. I was sweaty. I was ever so slightly hysterical. We cross the river (wrong way). Then back across the river and then back across the river again (several more times actually). We were now both in melt down. Finally a lovely policeman pointed us in the right direction……as well as mentioning it would help if I turned my lights on!

  30. Wendy Brown November 18, 2014 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    It was the year in which my mum had bought her first car (a lada), it was also the year in which we had the worst snow for a long time. The roads were hazardous and we had to travel from the outskirts of one city to the rural outskirts of another city to spend christmas vacation with my sister and her family.
    My mum hadn’t quite worked out how to use the Lada properly by the time we set off. Now i cannot drive, but even i knew we were not going to have an easy journey with her at the wheel and me in charge of reading the map. We hadn’t visited my sister in her new house before, but it was a 70 mile journey, and it took 4hours to get there via deserted back streets and country roads. When we arrived a little bit shaken, my sister showed my mum how to move the headlights from their dipped position to headlight position – this would have been useful on the journey there!
    I wouldn’t do that trip again, not for £1000.

  31. Rick November 18, 2014 at 11:52 pm -  Reply

    Travelling back from Germany 4 years ago, it started snowing. Got to Belgium & the motorway was at a standstill with cars & lorries sliding all over the place. Our old (1992) & heavy Pajero 4×4 (even though it wasn’t in 4×4 mode as I don’t know how to select it), was fine. The trusty old TomTom 720 took us via Brussels, which was a mistake due to the volume of traffic. One of the wiper blades came off our Paj in a blizzard. Got back to Blighty in the end – but that was a mare!

  32. jacqui fleming November 19, 2014 at 1:26 am -  Reply

    Oh QVC , I desperately need a Sat Nav as, every time I leave my local airport I get home a different way!!! HELP!!! :)

  33. Alison jones November 19, 2014 at 5:16 am -  Reply

    It was my cousins Christmas wedding, I went with my mum and we had a lovely time but coming home in the dark we got totally lost and drove for half an hour in desolate countryside. Thankfully mum fell asleep but oh how I needed a sat nav!

  34. Tom Baines November 19, 2014 at 7:24 am -  Reply

    Several years ago I was working in Burton, travelling, well driving is not my strong point or my favourite pasttime, finishing work on Christmas Eve I decided to head back home to Liverpool. It had started snowing and the roads like always were not well gritted. I got on the A38 within 2 miles there was a crash…A50 crash after crash there was 3 in total before I even got to Stoke, things were not looking good. I pulled over and phoned dad… no worries he says just go on a51 to chester will be better and quieter than the M6. Got on the A51, no map, poor visibility, no idea…ended up in wrexham… got a flat….headed off towards chester… after what seemed an eternity ended up at the M6 at Knutsford…Sav Nat you bet I got one it took 5 hours to do what is a 1.40 journey. When I got home mum made me a nice cuppa anyways lol

  35. Lesley Derrick November 19, 2014 at 8:06 am -  Reply

    I spent two hours on a cold Christmas Eve trying to find a friend who was marooned in a farmhouse as her car had broken down. I never knew so many tiny country roads with old farms existed in this part of the county. a Tom Tom would have saved me so much time-however the relief on her face when i got their was unforgettable!

  36. Helen Cullen November 19, 2014 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    My nightmare journey took place a few years ago in December. I was breaking up from work to go on maternity leave with 2 weeks left to my due date. I had quite a few gifts to get home on the bus, so my husband offered to come and pick me up. I was waiting in the freezing cold for over 2 hours as he had got stuck in the biggest traffic jam ever due to a broken down car. What makes things worse is my coat wouldn’t do up because of my huge bump – I was cold to the bone! If only we had owned a Tom Tom then – he could have found an alternative route and I would have been at home in the warm with a cuppa! How we learn.

  37. Carol Greenfield November 19, 2014 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    On a trip from the Scottish borders to the midlands following a phone call to say my mum had been taken into hospital set off for the six hour trip three days prior to Christmas, the traffic was heavy and on the radio I was informed that the M6 was closed due to an accident so stayed with the M1 the rain turned to sleet and the winds were very heavy I missed the news of the traffic problems on the M1 and in the end my trip took me over nine hours, Could have done with the Tom Tom keeping me advised of the traffic problems and offering me a new route.

  38. liz denial November 19, 2014 at 9:39 am -  Reply

    My friend & I were going to Southport & used AA route planner. We ended up in the middle of a bog & had no idea where we were so a TomTom would have really helped

  39. muhammad ehsan November 19, 2014 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    Me and my wife been to Scotland last year and she print route from AA route planner. We ended up stuck in traffic for hrs & had no idea where we were so a TomTom with the traffic update would really help.

  40. Claire Tucker November 19, 2014 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    We were in France for one Christmas with our motorhome and were traveling to the island ile de re. We were following signs in our large motorhome and some how missed the main bridge that takes you easily to the island. We ended up on the causeway luckily at low tide with me asking husband what did all those big signs just say…but too late we were on it. I have never been so quiet or so scared for 2 miles whilst we bumped over the causeway with the sea lapping at the sides of the causeway.

  41. kirsty meredith November 19, 2014 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    It was in December 2003 and I was heavily pregnant with my first born. We had decided my husband and I to go and see his Mum in Cornwall whom he hadn’t seen in years! We were on the M25 and sadly there was an electrical fault with our windscreen wipers and we were unable to continue journey to weather conditions. We ended up on a recovery truck. They kindly offered to take us the rest of the journey….. they used a Sat Nav! So upon arriving at ‘destination’ we opened the cab door to a field! Nothing in sight. I explained that this was not the address, so we continued our journey! Arriving at 2am in the morning, heavily pregnant and tired was not a good mix. Where it was partly our car that let us down, the recovery even failed when it came to finding our destination. The experience and dilemma of this journey ended up with another surprise! My baby was born a month early just 2 days after we returned from Cornwall! We had our baby on the 19th Dec and came home 23rd Dec! Our daughter is 11 next month! How time flies, I will never forget this journey! A tomtom would be fab for us on family trips and hopefully less stressful journeys too!

  42. Sharon Chambers November 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    Well our most memorable Christmas to date was last years. We moved from Cheshire to Wiltshire just under 200 miles, the weekend before Christmas Day. My partner Steve came up with his son and a van to take all our stuff down with him and I was following with my disabled Mum and dog in my corsa.

    Everything was going well Steve and Elliot left us at 11am as planned, Steve had his trusty TomTom and I had my other make of SatNav. I got Mum and the dog sorted and into the car plus all the other bits we hadn’t got onto the van. We were ready to go it was 1pm Sunday afternoon we are all set to go and my car won’t start…

    For what seemed like ages I sat there thinking what do I do now? We have nothing left in the house no furniture or food , Mum has her wheelchair but that was it, now it was getting late and we were 3 miles from town, and Steve was somewhere on the motorway driving to our new home. We luckily have RAC membership and I called them they were wonderful got out to us within 30 minutes and said they thought the battery needed replacing they managed to get the car going and just said you need to get this looked at asap.

    Luckily there was a KwikFit in town I called them and they said to bring the car over. They checked the car and they said that the battery was fine but they thought the alternator might be about to go but they didn’t have any in stock we’d have to come back after Christmas Day. So what was I to do go back to a empty house and be stranded or take a chance and make our way down to Salisbury? The guy at KwikFit said we should be okay just don’t use anything in the car unless you really need to and if you suddenly feel the power draining pull over as soon as you can as that the alternator draining all the power out off the car.

    I called Steve who had just text to say they’d just stopped at the services. He agreed with me to take a chance and see how we got on as we did at least have the reassurance that if the worst happened I could call the RAC and they would get us to our new home, although I had no idea how they’d get Mum into the van if that happened. So off we went it was now 3.30 pm on a very wet Sunday afternoon so not only did I have to put on the lights I had to use the wipers too, I also wasn’t able to plug in my SatNav so I only had the charge that was in it.

    So there I was no SatNav, no radio and having to hope the M6 would be quite and we’d not get stuck in traffic. We got about half way stopped at the services just before the M5, we all freshened up as best as we could and set off again. I can tell you it was a heart stopping moment turning that key and hearing the engine turn. I decided then that I’d have to put the SatNav on as I wasn’t to sure on the rest of the journey. According to the SatNav it was going to be another 3 hrs to get to our new home.

    We’d already been on the road for over 2 hrs it was dark, cold and very wet, but we managed to get all the way to Salisbury without any problems but thats was when the fun really started. My SatNav sent us the wrong way as we wanted a village thats 3 miles from Salisbury and just as I am going down this very dark country lane it dies on me I pull over and try to get the dam thing to work but it won’t come on I even pugged it into the car but it refused to work.

    So their we were cold and hungry about 2 miles from our new home and no way of finding it in the dark. I called Steve who had been at the bungalow for the last 3 hrs unloading he said were are you and I had to say I don’t know the SatNav has died all I know its sent us the wrong way. He told me to keep going until I found a road name or something we could work from. Luckily after driving around for what felt like hours we saw Elliot standing at the end off the road. I’d never been so pleased to see someone, he managed to direct us to the right place and 8hrs after we started the journey down we finally made it to our new home.

    I so wish I’d done as Steve wanted and swapped SatNav’s had I used his TomTom I know that it would have got us home without any problems. I have asked Santa for a TomTom this year hopefully he will give me one. If not then I will just have to save up for one and get one asap…

  43. Sharon Chambers November 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    Well our most memorable Christmas to date was last years. We moved from Cheshire to Wiltshire just under 200 miles, the weekend before Christmas Day. My partner Steve came up with his son and a van to take all our stuff down with him and I was following with my disabled Mum and dog in my corsa.
    Everything was going well Steve and Elliot left us at 11am as planned, Steve had his trusty TomTom and I had my other make of SatNav. I got Mum and the dog sorted and into the car plus all the other bits we hadn’t got onto the van. We were ready to go it was 1pm Sunday afternoon we are all set to go and my car won’t start…
    For what seemed like ages I sat there thinking what do I do now? We have nothing left in the house no furniture or food , Mum has her wheelchair but that was it, now it was getting late and we were 3 miles from town, and Steve was somewhere on the motorway driving to our new home. We luckily have RAC membership and I called them they were wonderful got out to us within 30 minutes and said they thought the battery needed replacing they managed to get the car going and just said you need to get this looked at asap.
    Luckily there was a KwikFit in town I called them and they said to bring the car over. They checked the car and they said that the battery was fine but they thought the alternator might be about to go but they didn’t have any in stock we’d have to come back after Christmas Day. So what was I to do go back to a empty house and be stranded or take a chance and make our way down to Salisbury? The guy at KwikFit said we should be okay just don’t use anything in the car unless you really need to and if you suddenly feel the power draining pull over as soon as you can as that the alternator draining all the power out off the car.
    I called Steve who had just text to say they’d just stopped at the services. He agreed with me to take a chance and see how we got on as we did at least have the reassurance that if the worst happened I could call the RAC and they would get us to our new home, although I had no idea how they’d get Mum into the van if that happened. So off we went it was now 3.30 pm on a very wet Sunday afternoon so not only did I have to put on the lights I had to use the wipers too, I also wasn’t able to plug in my SatNav so I only had the charge that was in it.
    So there I was no SatNav, no radio and having to hope the M6 would be quite and we’d not get stuck in traffic. We got about half way stopped at the services just before the M5, we all freshened up as best as we could and set off again. I can tell you it was a heart stopping moment turning that key and hearing the engine turn. I decided then that I’d have to put the SatNav on as I wasn’t to sure on the rest of the journey. According to the SatNav it was going to be another 3 hrs to get to our new home.
    We’d already been on the road for over 2 hrs it was dark, cold and very wet, but we managed to get all the way to Salisbury without any problems but thats was when the fun really started. My SatNav sent us the wrong way as we wanted a village thats 3 miles from Salisbury and just as I am going down this very dark country lane it dies on me I pull over and try to get the dam thing to work but it won’t come on I even pugged it into the car but it refused to work.
    So their we were cold and hungry about 2 miles from our new home and no way of finding it in the dark. I called Steve who had been at the bungalow for the last 3 hrs unloading he said were are you and I had to say I don’t know the SatNav has died all I know its sent us the wrong way. He told me to keep going until I found a road name or something we could work from. Luckily after driving around for what felt like hours we saw Elliot standing at the end off the road. I’d never been so pleased to see someone, he managed to direct us to the right place and 8hrs after we started the journey down we finally made it to our new home.
    I so wish I’d done as Steve wanted and swapped SatNav’s had I used his TomTom I know that it would have got us home without any problems. I have asked Santa for a TomTom this year hopefully he will give me one. If not then I will just have to save up for one and get one asap…

  44. Lucy Ware November 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the streets
    The traffic was gridlocked, I sat in my car and weeped.
    At home stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
    I was desperately hoping that I soon would be there.

    My children were ready to get settled in their beds,
    While visions of santa and rudolf danced in their heads.
    My mobile was flashing messages of “why aren’t you home”
    I wanted to cry as I was sat in my car all alone.

    On a foggy M4 there must have been such a clatter,
    People had gotten out of their cars to see what was the matter.
    Sirens were heard and blue lights were flashing round,
    I prayed that those involved were safe and sound.

    All of a sudden in the night sky so lively and quick,
    A sleigh and 8 reindeers – I thought that’s St Nick.
    From house to house he shot with aplomb
    And that’s when I thought “ahah he’s got a TomTom”

    St Nick shouted “Now TomTom please tell me the way to go!
    My Reindeers will pull me, ho ho ho!
    To the top of the street! to the top of the wall!
    Reindeers please take me to each house I must visit them all!”

    For nearly two hours I sat in the rain and the cold,
    Dreaming that soon I’m my arms, my family I’d hold.
    My husband asked why I’d not taken an alternate way,
    I told him if I’d had a TomTom I’d not have gone astray.

    All of a sudden engines ahead of me started,
    I let out a cry of hooray as cars ahead departed.
    The nightmare Christmas journey was nearly at an end,
    Home for good times with my family and friends.

  45. Milly Y November 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Back when I was at Uni in Portsmouth, my Dad came down to pick up me and my friend and drive us back to Norwich. Unfortunately, the snow was absolutely crazy, and it ended up taking 10 hours to do the journey. We did try and cheer other drivers up by playing Christmas songs and singing along. I hope the sight of two girls and a Dad dancing around in the snow to Fairytale of New York wearing dressing gowns hopefully bought some smiles to some faces! A TomTom would definitely have helped us by forewarning about traffic and finding less busy routes!

  46. Emma Hutton November 19, 2014 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    one christmas I was visiting my parents with my partner – on the journey back home (nottingham to london) we were almost home and decided to take what we thought was a road that would take us straight home without having to go one the M25 – problem was we ended up going the wrong way on that road – when I saw a sign for Tamworth I knew we were only about an hour from my parents house again – D’oh longest short cut ever – Sat Nav definitely would have saved us from this :)

  47. Tracy Clark November 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Whilst on a Christmas shop trip to my local shopping centre I endured a nightmare journey of 8 hours on the way home which should of taken only 30 mins.
    After deciding to go Christmas shopping on my day off I completed my shopping and started the journey home, there were major traffic incidents on every road and every section of the motorway which I had no idea of whereas if I had a Tom Tom satnav this would of been highlighted.
    The weather was terrible as it had started to snow and the traffic was at a standstill.
    After 7 hours the traffic finally started to move and I eventually made it home after another hour but the worst part was that I had missed a family gathering with a relative I hadn’t seen for 15 years and I know a satnav would of benefitted me and I wouldn’t of missed the family event

  48. Rebekah MaxwellAtkin November 19, 2014 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    I was on my way back from a meeting and missed my turning
    (due to my directions being written on a sheet of paper) so I carried on and tried to find my own way back home. When I reached a toll road however I realised that I hadn’t any cash so was forced to take the exit immediately before and as a consequence I spend the next hour going round in circles. Eventually, not being able to find my way I continued until I reached a service station hoping to read the map in the boot of my car only to discover that the pages I needed were missing so had to resort to phoning home to ask for directions. Several hours later I arrived home having doubled the journey time and desperately in need of the toilet.
    If I had had a satnav I’d have planned my journey better and probably wouldn’t have taken a wrong turn due to the lane guidance, I wouldn’t have needed a map and could have avoided the toll road due to advanced planning facility. Lastly I could have located a toilet on the route with the points of interest facility

  49. Jason A November 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    At the beginning of December several years ago my car was stolen; it was loaded with presents and cards to post to friends and family and several Christmas sacks to be dropped off to children and care homes and a couple of charities. I was extremely upset as I could not afford to replace the gifts and it meant relatives, friends and quite a few children and care home residents were not going to receive presents.

    I felt rather too embarrassed to call up everyone and explain that they would not be receiving gifts that year, so I did not. But a week later I received a call from one of the care homes to say thank you for the sack of presents I had dropped off! I was so taken aback, I accused the caller of joking and being the car thief. I had to apologise after I noticed on the caller id it was the actual number for the care home. After explaining the situation the care home was great and gave the police a description of who delivered the presents and gave out a video of the person and my car.

    Following this I called the other children and care homes and charities to see if they had received the gifts, and they all had. When the police checked with these places the same person had delivered the gifts in my car!

    This was so strange, I had my car stolen by a thief with a conscience, or at least with some Christmas spirit. It was quite amusing. Later I and the police were even more amused to find out that not only had the thief turned out to be a sort of Father Christmas by delivering my sacks of presents, he had also posted all of my gifts and cards to my friends and family, including paying for some of the postage!

    That was not the only silver lining to the cloud over my Christmas. In February my car was found and the thief tracked down. The thief was found because he had used the satnav to go to the children and care homes and also to his own home. So the police used this to track the thief.

    So my Christmas was a bit of a nightmare, but the satnav saved the day; presents were delivered and the thief was caught. A happy ending for all but the thief in the end.

  50. Leila Benhamida November 19, 2014 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    We were going to Southampton to the in laws for Christmas. The longest journey ever, took us nearly 8 hours instead of 3, the traffic was really slow. I personally just wanted to get back home.

  51. John Tingay November 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Fortunately, I’ve never been lost on a Christmas Journey, but several times a TomTom would have been useful for finding petrol stations, cash machines and pubs in various parts of the country!

  52. EDITH COCKBURN November 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    My worst Xmas was taking 5 friends to London for a girlie weekend. I had left the train ticket in the house and therefore the ticket collector charged me up with the fare for 5 of us. I refused to pay saying I would report it at London. Next morning the 5 of us went from pillar to post for help which could not receive. We returned home and I then found I had lost my purse. I reported it but got my purse back but the money I had in it had been stolen. It amounted to almost £500 as I had paid all the expenses and the girls gave me cash on the way back on the train to pay their dues. I could have done with a Satnav in London to find my way around, Needless to say, I had to pay over £1000 for the fares as they threatened me with legal action.

  53. pamela andrews November 19, 2014 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    My nightmare journey happened several years ago when I was travelling alone, back from Hampshire to Kent. As I hit the A3 there was thick dense fog and stupidly I followed the lights of the car in front of me. I keep looking for the signs for the M25 but couldn’t see properly, took a turning I thought was the right one, ended up somewhere near Oxford and had to stay in a B & B for the night and bought a map in WH Smith the next day :(

  54. Karen Kaye November 19, 2014 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

    Four years ago, we bought a TomTom after we missed the birth of my niece because we couldn’t find the hospital that was in another city, we were so disappointed we went out the next day and bought one. The following year when I passed my driving test and got a car, my husband bought me a TomTom, when I opened the box it had a diamond eternity ring inside the TomTom box, because it coincided with our 25th wedding anniversary, so TomTom always bring a smile to my face.

  55. Rachael G November 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    Last Christmas we went to visit my uncle who lives in the middle of nowhere, down some very windy country lanes. I was map reading and as a result of that – and a very heavy Christmas dinner beforehand, felt car sick the whole way there which meant we kept having to stop for me to get some fresh air and of course we got lost too. Then on the way home, my daughter was car sick all over the back seat and so when we got home we had to spend Christmas night cleaning the car in the dark. A sat nav would have helped massively that day!

  56. Mrs Rachel Heap November 19, 2014 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    I had to travel from Lancashire to Reading but my map reading is terrible, there is never any signal on my phone so cant use google maps as it just goes off once it cant find a signal! Much to my annoyance i missed my junction and carried on, ended up in London in the end. Finally me and the husband pulled into a services and tried to figure out where to go! We would have saved alot of time and trouble if we had a Tom Tom so please dont let this happen to us again

  57. Margaret Miller November 19, 2014 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    My husband and I had set off in our motorhome for a first trip away to the Peak District. Unfortunately by the time we got close to where we were booked into, it was dark and wet. The narrow roads around that area are tricky enough during the day in a car, but when it’s dark and we’re in a wider, longer vehicle it is a complete nightmare even with a SatNav! My husband had faith in the directions and route our SatNav suggested, but I had other ideas………especially when it suggested a right turn over a very narrow road that was in the middle of now where. By the time we reached our destination I was a bag of nerves and we were not talking to each other!

  58. jen jackson November 20, 2014 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    My nightmare journey was my first day in my job. I had practiced the route before hand so i knew where i had to go. On the start day, there was an accident to i decided to find a quicker way. I got completly lost and was over an hour late!

  59. David Paterson November 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Travelling from Glasgow to Edinburgh in a blizzard, total whiteout, just following along behind a snowplow. Couldn’t see junctions or anything, a satnav would have been brilliant.

  60. Sarah Forrester November 21, 2014 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    A few years ago my husband and I went to Glasgow for the weekend. I suggested getting a Satnav for our trip, but my husband who is originally from Scotland assured me we did not need a Satnav to find our way around .Hmmmm…. we spent over 2 hours looking in our hire car looking for a garage ..causing us not only to run out of petrol but then to miss our plane home ! I resisted the urge to say ” I told you so ! “

  61. Darren Rogers November 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    My 2nd week at work, working for Surrey Police, we’re based in Guildford and the town got flooded. I only knew how to get home via the A3, after an hour of trying to get onto the A3 I gave up and headed in the opposite direction. I literally did not know where I was going, had no SAT NAV, so just drove until I got to a town that I recognised (Leatherhead) and winged it from there. This was on Christmas Eve, took me three hours to get home, with a SAT NAV I would have been able to circumvent the A3 and not just guess where I was going!

  62. Linda Hobbis November 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    My dad used to think he was king of map readers and one Christmas whilst we had taken a pit stop at the services for coffee, he got the OS map out and decided that he’d identified a short cut through Bristol to avoid the heavy traffic. We were on our way to Plymouth for Christmas with our grandparents. We knew something had gone seriously wrong when we went over the Avon bridge TWICE and ended up back at Gordano services where dad had had his original brainwave. The whole debacle added an extra hour on to the journey and needless to say tempers were somewhat frayed. If we’d had my trusty Tom Tom (with the dulcet tones of Stephen Fry), I suspect it wouldn’t have happened and Stephen would have had no qualms in saying “oh, well done”!!!

  63. sarah Thornton November 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    I once won a child kitchen new on ebay for 1p but collection was in Nottingham, I live in Leeds, so I put the sat nav on and put the postcode in, got lost it took me six hours there and the sat nav took me into a ditch ,Ozzy Osborne was talking on the sat nav,i then could not get the car out and had to call AA to help, I then gets to pick up the set and the woman started telling me about how she takes in lost cats and how she donates her time to donate and raise cash for the strays.I felt so bad because I won the item for a penny,so I gave her a £20 donation for the rescue place. I then got lost on the way home and used around £70 in petrol ,it would of been cheaper to buy the set lol

  64. Angela Campbell November 21, 2014 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    It was nearly Christmas a fair few years ago and I was meant to meet up with my family for a festive dinner booked for after work one evening. It would have been about a three mile journey door to door. Apart from the fact that it snowed heavily that day. My husband picked me up from the train station and due to the weather we got stuck in an hours worth of traffic! We decided to try an alternative route – Big. Mistake. Because of the snow a lot of the street name signs were covered up and we were in an unfamiliar area…we were delayed for ANOTHER hour due to being lost! Two hours to drive three miles…to top it off I was also desperate to make some yellow snow as well!

  65. sheila oconnor November 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    I’ll never forget it!! Forty year’s,…..I know……..my brother had just passed his test! We were living in The Lake District, it was Christmas Day and my Aunt had invited us for Christmas! We left at the crack of dawn as she lived in Essex, there were four of us, brother’s and sister’s……….He drove my old Grandad’s Yellow Anglia and half way down, it conked out!! We were towed to the nearest Motorway services where they kindly sorted the car…….by 2pm we were on our way again, me reading the map…………but he came off at the wrong roundabout and unbeknown to the four of us he rejoined a motorway, but the wrong way, so by midnight we were almost back where we started!!!!!!!!!! I DON’T THINK WE’VE EVER FORGIVEN HIM FOR WASTING CHRISTMAS DAY AND BOY, WOULD A SAT NAV HAVE SAVED THE DAY!!!

  66. Jean Cairns November 21, 2014 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    I hate driving on Motorways especially at 4 am in the Morning as I am hopeless at directions I had to drive from Ayrshire to Glasgow
    My Son was doing a gig in Glasgow one Christmas and I had to go and collect him and all his DJ kit I got lost in Glasgow City Centre pulled in at the nearest place and was shaking asked some young people coming out of the Clubs but couldn’t understand there directions tryed to phone my Son but his phone was off
    I had to sit in my car until he phoned me asking where I was and he had to direct me on the phone which kept cutting out as it was a bad reception area never again
    If I had a sat nav I could of set it and followed instructions to my destination

  67. Tina Mansfield November 22, 2014 at 7:36 am -  Reply

    Last year I made a trip from my home town on the south coast to birmingham with two people I had only talked to on the internet! My first long distance drive and we headed up the A34 ignoring the road closed signs. After all who would close this main road on a weekend? Well it was shut! And a 2 hour detour meant we were late and tired, tom tom could have saved us. So maybe next time we will believe the signs!

  68. Lynthia Doran November 22, 2014 at 10:20 am -  Reply

    Delighted to have passed my test I planned a trip to Wolverhampton with my sister navigating. Everything was going brilliantly, my first time on the M6 and I was doing just fine. We had planned to stop at a service station halfway and when I came off the motorway I was buzzing with pride. My sister had done well too, reading the map and giving me plenty of notice of the exit. I followed her instructions and followed the white arrows around the service station and… straight back on to the M6! Twenty years on her navigation skills have improved somewhat but I’d still feel safer with a Tom Tom!

  69. sharon lawrence November 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    Last New years eve we went up to Bourne nr Peterborough to visit my Mum, Somehow we managed to find all the Traffic Black Spots and Traffic Jams!! Its a gift, that sadly I am really good at!! The whole Journey should have taken around 3 hours and took a Record Breaking 9 hours, How many Rows can you have on a journey to your Mums??? One long Argument and kids fighting!! Nightmare.

    I think YOur Tom Tom Could have shown me the roads to avoid and an alternative route, which would have been alot less stressful!!!

  70. A Benson November 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    We had horrendous snow and driving conditions a couple of years ago. I had to collect my dad from Heathrow and was glad it was a daytime flight – but typical the flight was delayed and he didn’t arrive till almost midnight. Driving home, I had planned to use the motorways where possible, checked route on the map before I left. Somehow mmanaged to take a wrong turn and ended up on narrow country road with barely a track through the snow to drive on, and trees overhead laden with snow. It was the most frightening drive I have ever done – wish I’d had a tom-tom and I’d have been safely on the M25/M3 and almost home!

  71. Kate Daniel November 22, 2014 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    It was nearing Christmas a couple of years ago, and I was heading home for the week from uni. The car was full with presents ready to dish out. However, I had booked some last minute tickets for myself and my partner to go and see a famous comedian live. The plan was to go to the concert then carry on with our journey afterwards and head home. I had an old sat nav that was directing the way – as we got closer to the city, this sat nav kept saying ‘take the 2nd exit at the roundabout’ – but this 2nd exit no longer existed… so we carried on. Basically it took us up this steep country narrow hill, tree’s surrounding us (bearing in mind it was dark!) and at the time, I was in a fairly new car so I didn’t know how to use my main beam, but seriously needed it.. so I was holding the steering wheel with one hand, and holding my main beam on with the other! There were no cars around, just a narrow eerie road that seemed to be leading us no where (despite listening to the sat navs instructions!). At one point the tree’s cleared and I somehow managed to see that either side of us was a sheer drop, with a huge lake at the bottom. Needless to say I was pretty scared.. this road went on for miles with not a soul in sight. By the time we reached the arena we had missed over 1.5hrs of the concert, and I was so upset and gutted! This incident has put me off long-distance driving still to this day. If only the tomtom had been updated!

  72. Gemma Holland November 22, 2014 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    We spent my son’s first Christmas at my sister-in-law’s house. Realising we had no more nappies after lunch we set off to find a shop (no mean feat in the middle of nowhere). Cue lots of poor directional choices down country lanes, several swear words and more than half an hour in the car we reached civilisation at last, only to realise we had done a massive (and bizarre) circuit around my in-law’s house. Suffice to say we gave up the search and my poor boy had to travel home in several tea towels fastened with safety pins. A TomTom sat nav would have given us some extra cracker pulling time and saved my son from having to travel home in my sister-in-law’s Christmas tea towel collection!

  73. Jackie Wright November 23, 2014 at 12:15 am -  Reply

    He was driving (me mad) to his mother’s
    First meet with her, and all his 6 brothers!
    Xmas Eve, M25 was packed,
    Missed the junction, my nerves already wracked,
    What does the map say?, he said ‘my dear’
    Those two words were his downfall I fear,
    Turn the car around I said, just take me home to my Mom
    and next Xmas take your faithful Tom Tom

  74. Kelly Nuttall November 23, 2014 at 10:47 am -  Reply

    Working as a nurse I was working xmas morning in the Manchester area. My best friend had recently moved to outskirts of London and invited me over for xmas dinner. I was a little apprehensive driving so far on my own but did myself a road planner and thought yes I could do this. Christmas day was a hard shift at the hospital and rather sad but I put on my brave face and headed for London after shift. Hence my drive there was a disaster. I hit road works, accidents, you name it I found it! I also got very lost, ended up at the side of the road crying and was two hrs late for xmas dinner. My friend had saved me a plate but I felt so upset with the stress of the day that I had to force the lovely meal down. My friend and hubby are in the army and they both said when I arrived that if I’d had a satnav then I could’ve avoided traffic and accident and not got lost……obviously at the time this news didn’t really cheer me up!

  75. Emily Hutchinson November 23, 2014 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    My sister rented a cabin in the woods for a lovely cosy family Christmas all together. I was working Christmas Eve, so it was dark when we set off. The cabin ‘should’ have been a 45 minute drive away. We set off at 6pm and three hours later we were still lost, we simply couldn’t find it! My sister came out to find us, she got lost too. We finally arrived at 10.30 and then had a worrying time thinking my sister had got totally lost, but luckily she turned up not too long after. Next time we do something like that, we are definitely all taking a TomTom!

  76. Fiona Johnson November 23, 2014 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

    The worst chritmas journey I have ever ever been on and will never forget was when I was about 7 , we lived in the lake district and had been up to our grandparents in scotland. It must have been litterally a couple of days before xmas coming home and as we progressed the snow and blizzards thickened , to the point of every car, lorry and vehicle was stuck!! It was the most terriflying experience if my life as we slipped and slid ..and as seatbelts weren’t in the backs of cars then, us 3 kids were in the footwells as it was figured to be the safest place!! If only tom toms were available, an alternate route would have been found or possibly a nearby hotel in which to stay!!
    The only thing (other than my dads fantastic driving skills) that saved us was the fact that a police land rover passed which we tailed out if the drifts to safety!!

  77. Lisa Rowsell November 23, 2014 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    One Christmas my parents & I went to visit a cousin in Oxford. Dad new roughly which way he wanted to tackle it so we thought the journey would be a doddle. We were half way there when we came across a diversion, and that’s where it all went belly up. Dad didn’t have a clue where he was going although he made out he did. We ended up in the back of beyond with me crossing my legs as I was bursting for a wee. In the end I had to go in a field, and ended up with a cow breathing down my neck. I fled the scene only to trip up as I got to the gate, and fell into a cow pat. So there we were on a freezing cold day with all the windows down. Dad eventually admitted he didn’t know which way to go, and asked a local farmer. We finally arrived at my cousin’s a lot later than planned, and I was quickly ushered upstairs to take a much needed shower. If we’d only had a TomTom sat nav we obviously wouldn’t have got lost, and the cows would’ve been spared from seeing my bottom.

  78. fozia November 23, 2014 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    I remember travelling from Surrey via train one Christmas a fallen tree across the tracks delayed my journey by hours!!! a satnav would have meant taking the car could have been an option and therefore a quicker journey!

  79. Kerry Brearley November 23, 2014 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    I’m by no means a confident driver. I will only drive on roads I’ve been on before and if I’m attempting a new journey I have to plan it to the letter. I am also petrified of driving on the motorway. So bearing all this in mind a couple of years ago I set off to collect the turkey amongst other things from Tesco which Is about a ten mile journey. However I was completely thrown when the road I normally travel on was closed for repairs and a diversion was in place. However in my panic I ended up completely off course and heading for the motorway……PANIC! A Tom Tom would have saved the day!

  80. Helen Allan November 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Had a horrendous ‘Black Friday’ journey from Cambridgeshire to Yorkshire one year. It took 7 hours to get from our house to Sheffield on the A1 due to bad weather and incredibly heavy traffic. and we still had to make our way on to Ilkley! A sat nav would have been great because it would have given us the confidence to stay off the main roads and we would have been able to see where the delays were too. Thank you!

  81. Hazel Wright November 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    I’ll keep this brief or it will make me cross all over again…we had a Christmas shopping break to Sheffield with 2 nights in a hotel. Nightmare place to drive compared to anywhere else we’ve been. Too much information to take in with too many road signs and bus lanes and traffic. Ended up with a ticket. Both in our 40s and driven lots and only 2 tickets in our lives, both Sheffield and the only times we’ve been there. Not going there again! I guess a TomTom sat nav might have helped us out there!

  82. Sharon F November 23, 2014 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    A couple of years ago we had booked a break at Disneyland Paris just before Xmas to get a bit of magical Christmas spirit. In all of our excitement, we set off on our way to catch the ferry across to France. It was only when we reached the Blackpool junction that we realised that we’d taken the M6 northbound instead of heading southbound for Dover!!! To make matters worse, in our hurry to make up time in the right direction, hubby received a belated xmas present in January of a speeding fine after getting caught by roadwork cameras!! Doh!!

  83. kirsty cooper November 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

    going to my dad’s on Boxing day, and an hour long journey took 3 and a half hours trying to get past all the traffic of people going to Lakeside!

  84. Gail Whyte November 23, 2014 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Travelling back home to Scotland from Cardiff on our first Christmas away from home . printed directions to take with us that took us through Birmingham City centre plus roadworks at Thirwell Viaduct. It was horrendous 13 hours in the car and I’m sure a Tom Tom would have made the journey easier. It would definitely help in future.

  85. Aimee R November 23, 2014 at 11:56 pm -  Reply

    Visiting family in Worcestershire a few years back. I used printed out directions to get there and was taken on a very strange a long journey! Trying to find roads that didn’t exist and going around in circles…

  86. Keshia Esgate November 24, 2014 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

    Travelling back from our honeymoon on Boxing Day in 2004, stuck in a blizzard on Bodmin road. Had to stop in the middle of the A30 just to read the signs to see where we were!! It was terrifying!!

  87. Kristy Brown November 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Last year was a nightmare journey from Blandford in Dorset to Scotland through the horrendous Christmas Storms that we had. We came across so many roads that were closed due to flooding, high winds or fallen trees that we spent the best part of 5 hours trying to follow directions from our phone. Our total journey took 18 hrs, at least 4 of them in tears with 2 tired and vocal tweens in the car and one wiped out hubby! A Tom Tom would have been able to re route us easier and get us their so much quicker that I am sure we wouldn’t have been so wiped out for Xmas

  88. Vicky S November 24, 2014 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    We were driving back from my Mum’s to my husband’s parents one year when out of nowhere it began absolutely hurling it down. We were on an A road at the time and within 10 minutes so much snow had fallen that it was impossible to see the division line between the two lanes on our side of the road. All of the cars had had to slow to a crawl and we just had to drive down this national speed limit road at about 15mph. It was quite a sight to behold but a sat nav would have been useful to warn us when junctions were coming up so that we had more of an idea where the heck we were!

  89. Gilla November 24, 2014 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Going from Brighton to Norfolk, son supposed to be navigating. I was told ‘keep on M25′. I thought I was, until son looked up from his magazine and asked where we were. I said ‘M25′, to which son replied ‘I’ve never seen houses on either side of the M25 before!’ I was en-route for the middle of London somehow. Sharp about turn (when it was safe) and we scurried back to the M25. I need something that will say ‘this way’ or that way’ left and right is no good when I have to decide which is which straight away.

  90. Donna coleman November 24, 2014 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    I was so close to running out of petrol on the journey home last christmas that I have vowed to always fill up at home before I set off now! Every services that I stopped at on the way was completely out of petrol! Was a nightmare, i had to come off the motorway and drive through tons of little villages before I finally came across a station with petrol! A sat nav would have helped me find the way!

  91. Diana Elrick November 24, 2014 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Not sure if it was 2009 or 2010….but driving from Gloucestershire to Aberdeen a few days before Christmas was cold and snowy but seasonal. The next morning there was 6″ of snow on the car roof and this went on each day so, as advised, we stayed home safe and warmand watched the snow pile up outside.
    Christmas Eve came – no food left so an early morning excursion essential. Sat waiting to turn right at cross roads watching heart in mouth as a car was skidding towards us, yikes!! Fortunately it stopped in time and having done a whirlwind trip around the supermarket we gingerly drove back home.
    Spent the next few days putting off returning home as news bulletins kept reporting lorries jack-knifing on the main roads. but then could delay no longer.
    Aberdeen to Dundee the max temperature was minus 8 . After that drove South paying careful attention to traffic bulletins as I had tochoose whether to go via Perth or Edinburgh. I drove slower and slower and was within 200 yards of the junction when I heard the announcement “lorries jack-knifed on the Perth – Glasgow road” . Phew Edinburgh here I come.
    Forth Road bridge – were those snowflakes? By the time I was on the M8 towards Glasgow they were a full blown blizzard. As I journeyed on the snow got lighter but continued as I drove through the Peak District. Then it turned to sleet. Then torrential rain.
    When I stopped for petrol I tried to get a hotel room – surprise! there was no room at the inn – I was told it was because it was Christmas – New Year week!
    It was still torrential rain when I got home to Gloucestershire and the journey had taken nearly twice as long as normal.
    Now I enjoy driving but that was a horrendous journey and I had literally been counting the landmarks as I got close to home.
    Later that year there was a Tom Tom TSV with easy pays – did I buy one? Too right, I wished I’d done it the year before.

  92. Em S November 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    A few years ago I was driving to the airport to catch a flight home for Christmas. Then the road I was on was shut for roadworks and I had to follow diversion signs… This made me late and I nearly missed my flight! Had I owned a sat nav, I would have been able to check the roadworks before starting my journey and used secondary route to the airport saving me the stress of a late flight check-in!

  93. Lesley Bain November 24, 2014 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    It wasn’t quite Christmas, but it was deepest darkest winter. My friend and I had travelled from Glasgow to Perth for a concert, and set off afterwards for home.
    I don’t know how I managed it, but I missed the main road and ended up on a windy, dark country road. 4 hours…..I kid you not!….later, on a journey that should have taken an hour….we found our way home.
    I will never forget that night as long as I live, I still can’t laugh about it ten years later!

  94. Isabelle Smith November 24, 2014 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    my aunt lives in the countryside and we spent half the day trying to find the location of her new house.

  95. Jamie November 25, 2014 at 9:31 am -  Reply

    Ours is that every way we knew of was closed or had very bad traffic due to roadwork and the tom tom could have helped by sending us a way to avoid these hold ups :)

  96. Laura November 25, 2014 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    Going to see my brother in his new house out in the sticks in the middle of no-where, screaming baby in the back and a toddler throwing a right tantrum – hammering it down with rain – unable to get a phone signal – and when we did the phone went flat. We were meant to be there for lunch at noon, after 2 hrs of going round in circles and getting so completely lost, we made the 90 min journey back home – having not seen my brother and missed lunch. We really could have done with a satnav that day

  97. SHAZZ November 25, 2014 at 10:56 am -  Reply

    We were travelling to the in laws new house for Christmas Dinner. Other half too stubborn to ask for directions or take a map. We decided to go back home after 7 hours of driving. Mother in law was not pleased. We had frozen chips for dinner.

  98. Hilary Williams November 25, 2014 at 12:18 pm -  Reply

    Ever tried to find a turkey on a snowy Christmas Eve ?
    When it’s Christmas Day next morning
    and there’s 15 mouths to feed.
    Told to turn right by the oak tree,
    find a phone box on the left.
    And which one is an oak tree ? when of leaves they’re all bereft,
    follow lane for 4 miles and it’s just there on the right,
    but all I see is hedges, and the moons not out tonight.
    for fear of meeting Santa, I turn round, I’m lost, I know,
    Santa Baby, please, a Tom Tom
    and come for dinner, ho,ho,ho. xx

  99. Maria Reilly November 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    I was taking the kids to Edinburgh for a full festive day seeing the lights, riding the Christmas big wheel, dinner at the Hard Rock and then seeing the pantomime at the Edinburgh Playhouse. I left the house for a journey I’d done many times and drove onto the motorway, and for some reason I didn’t exit the M74 onto the M8, instead driving for over 1 hour in the wrong direction and ending up in Moffat! I did however make it to Edinburgh but the journey took over 3 hours instead of 50mins!

  100. Jo Carroll November 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    We went to visit my brother who had just moved up to Birmingham with his girlfriend and were planning to arrive in time for dinner. Needless to say we took the wrong exit at the Gravelly Hill Interchange on the M6 and ended up on our way to Liverpool!! We turned around and finally got to my brother’s new house at 2.30am! We apologised for missing dinner but he said…don’t worry you already experienced the famous Brum Spaghetti ;)

  101. Caroline James November 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Christmas 2012 we were due to drive from Oldham, England to Monifieth, Scotland to spend Christmas with family. The weather was fine in England, however, by the time we reached the border the weather began to change to thick snow which caused massive tailbacks. If only I would have had a TomTom sat nav, I could’ve turned off at a junction and found an alternative route and maybe a hotel. As we had no sat nav, we had to stick to the motorway…we arrived 12 hours later than we should have done. Worst journey ever.

  102. Kelly Hooper November 25, 2014 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    One year my mum and dad invited us to share a cottage they had rented for a week up north, we travelled up from my husband’s parents house in the evening, so by the time we got to the village it was pitch black, we couldn’t find the farm house who’s grounds it was situated on, for love nor money as it was about a mile off the country lane with no signposts! My dad ended up having to get in the car at 10 at night, come find us and lead us back to the cottage.

  103. Alison November 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    I was travelling to see my parents and got lost in the Scottish countryside. Stopping to ask for directions I was told “Don’t go over the bridge, whatever you do, don’t go over the bridge. I did manage to find the way eventually but a sat nav would have been very helpful

  104. Faiza Osman November 25, 2014 at 4:34 pm -  Reply

    For me it was one time when I went out with my sisters to go Tinsel Town. I followed all instructions on the tfl website, and also on a sort of navigator app I had, but it took me all the way to the back of Tinsel Town. Technically, it did take me there but obviously I wanted the entrance lol. At the end, we had to ask for directions from some helpful people.

  105. kate andrews November 25, 2014 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    We decided to take a pre-christmas trip to Ikea in Wembley to get a few bits, as you would expect the traffic on the M40 was a nightmare, so we though we set out SatNav (not a TomTom) to get us to Ikea avoiding the M40, we were travelling for about 10mins when it tried to send us done a road that was now closed, due to Wembley stadium being extended the year before, unfortunately our satnav didn’t know this so we had to head back to the motorway and sit in the traffic at exactly the same point before we took our 20minute detour!

  106. susan willshee November 25, 2014 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    My nightmare journey wasn’t actually at Christmas but it did involve a Christmas Tree.
    3 years ago my hubby and I decided we would go the whole hog for Christmas and get a real Christmas Tree direct from a farm.
    We chose a tree and as we didn’t have the roof rack attached we wedged the tree into the back seat with the top of the tree draping beautifully over my shoulder in the passenger seat.
    All was going well on the drive home until we got stuck in a traffic jam on the A14 because an accident had blocked the whole road some distance in front.
    Hubby decided he knew the way home via back roads. I really should have learnt my lesson by now but I just said ‘Oh well, let’s turn off then, it;s got to be better than sitting in a jam’.
    3 hours later we were still driving around the back roads of Northamptonshire looking for our way back to Warwickshire.
    By the time we got home I never wanted to see, smell or touch a christmas tree ever again.
    Hubby always thinks he knows a short cut and we always end up getting lost. WE really do need a Tom Tom!
    Funnily enough I’ve never bought one of those pine scented car air fresheners since!

  107. Hannah Smith November 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    On our way home for Christmas, took a wrong turn and ended up going down a country road at about 10pm. Out of nowhere this badger came out in front of us (not as slow as they look) we hit it, it broke 3 radiators and ripped the spoiler off. We were waiting until 2am for a recovery truck. Eventually made it home at 4am. Maybe with a sat nav we wouldn’t have gone down that road!

  108. Cathryn Bowen November 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    Sat on the motorway for 6 hours after a bad crash – the only was off at the one junction but we had no idea where to go etc so we ended up sat there on the cold motorway for the whole 6 hours

  109. Hannah Whitling November 25, 2014 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    I’ve been very lucky that I’ve never had a nightmare Christmas but there has been many an occasion where a SatNav would have been really helpful to find certain things on route to somewhere

  110. Caroline Wood November 25, 2014 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Travelling from South Yorkshire to Margate, Kent I had never ever travelled past Nottingham before, I was in a very small car and by myself so I couldn’t look at a map nor ask for directions and I set off at 6pm and did not get there til 3 am !!!
    I ended up going all the way around london, past Luton airport and all the way around outskirts of london city center just to get back to margate!!
    A tom tom would’ve ment I’d have got there quicker & easier and not wasted lots in petrol & time!

  111. Lindsey Philpot November 25, 2014 at 11:12 pm -  Reply

    My sister moved to Northampton to be near her new boyfriend. She asked us to visit for Christmas and my husband reluctantly agreed even though we live in Essex and it was quite a trek. He insisted he knew the way and would find it easily. Anyway we obviously got lost and ended up nearer Southampton rather than Northampton. we never made it to my sisters :(

  112. Felicity Kelly November 25, 2014 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Presents loaded in the car,
    Christmas Eve’s gone well so far,
    Beginning to enjoy the festive time,
    Everything packed and I’m feeling fine,
    Travelling down the snow swept M4,
    With Christmas songs playing more and more,
    Driving for hours when I made the assumption,
    Go straight on but I missed the junction,
    Now we’re stuck on the motorway,
    But we’ve got to arrive before Santa’s sleigh!
    I wish I’d brought my Tom Tom navigation,
    Then we’d be there to enjoy the celebration.

  113. Claire Richards November 25, 2014 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    In 2012, a SatNav would have been a winner
    To help us reach our Christmas dinner
    With a 2 month old baby and a car full of pressies
    We had to navigate to our long-lost ‘rellies
    The roads were unfamiliar and long and dark
    And to make matters worse, we couldn’t park
    We got lost and wasted minutes and hours
    That’s why this year, the turkey’s at ours!

  114. SJ Wesley November 26, 2014 at 12:01 am -  Reply

    Driving to my mom’s a few years ago and being stuck for hours on the M5 in the snow – TomTom could have rerouted me and saved me hours!

  115. Shirley Giles November 26, 2014 at 7:28 am -  Reply

    Years ago visit my sister who lived on a farm miles from anywhere on Christmas Eve, it started to snow, and got heavier,we set off home but got lost as we could see anything, luckily my brother in law came with a tractor and rescued us but stayed for Christmas with her then had our own Christmas Boxing day when we could get home

  116. Alexandra McGahey November 26, 2014 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    Me and my husband were going away for the weekend two Christmases ago on a Friday night when my husband finished work. He ended up finishing late and we needed to eat so we went to get some food then the horrific weather started. It was pouring down and really foggy. My husband terrifies me driving at the best of times, never mind in this weather so I suggested we hang on a little while and see if the rain died off, as with the fog we literally couldn’t see anything! We only had an hours drive so we didn’t set off until 10pm and the weather still hadn’t calmed down then. I was using my iPhone as my sat nav but realised I didn’t bring my in car charger when we were a few minutes away from the hotel. My battery died and we couldn’t find any signs or turnings for the hotel. By this time it had gone midnight and there was no-one to ask directions, no phone and no sat nav! We pulled into a petrol station eventually and asked someone in there. They weren’t sure but they had an idea of where the hotel might be. We followed his instructions with a few wrong turnings again but found where we were staying. It was almost 1am! Never again!

  117. George Worboys Wright November 26, 2014 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Travelling from London to Cheltenham we somehow ended up in Redditch and had to drive for over an hour extra in Christmas Eve traffic. We were shattered by the time we got there so didn’t do much but have a bite to eat & go to bed which was a shame. TomTom sat nav could have helped by keeping us on track & if we’d still made the same mistake we’d have realised straight away! TomTom would have alerted us & could have provided a new route before we were almost in Birmingham! It certainly would have meant fewer rows! A TomTom sat nav would have been invaluable, providing traffic updates too cos Christmas Eve traffic is and was a nightmare. I’m sure we could have done the journey in half the time if we’d had one.

  118. Sarah S November 26, 2014 at 11:18 am -  Reply

    The M25 ….. every single Christmas we know we could have hopped on a plane and be half way round the world in the time it takes to conquer that beast!

  119. JACQUELINE ROBERTS November 26, 2014 at 11:23 am -  Reply

    Last Christmas I had some visitors from Texas. We decided to spend a couple of days going round the sites culminating in me dropping them off at Heathrow. Well bad weather combined with my awful sense of direction and inability to read road signs correctly I took them to Gatwick! Oops.

  120. Sarah Skinner November 26, 2014 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Well , so as the song goes…I’ve been to Southampton but I’ve never been to Scunthorpe… That was the totally opposite away around for us last Christmas and we thought we never would make it to Southampton! Armed with supposedly foolproof directions from my brother, we set off on our journey. The directions and estimated times didn’t allow for speed restrictions, redirections, accidents. It also didn’t consider that two cars can loose one another on such a large journey, with phone signals not always the best and a 3 year old and 92 year old amongst the clan! Next time, the only foolproof way is definitely the Tom-Tom way!
    Oh and we’re staying at home this year :)

  121. A Kumar November 27, 2014 at 12:22 am -  Reply

    We went Portugal last Christmas by car, but we made mistake and ruins five six hours from our journey. Anyway but we enjoyed that time olso. We lost in France, but this time we decide to go there and spend our holiday there.

  122. Dawn Stephenson November 23, 2015 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    My family and I had booked to eat out at a restaurant on xmas day however my husband had been very ill and only came out of hospital christmas eve. Not to disappoint us he insisted that we all attend. I had never been to the restaurant before but I had an idea of where it was so we set off. How wrong was I. It wasn’t until we had driven 10 miles in the wrong direction I had the sence to turn around after getting directions from a young couple walking their. We finally arrived 35 minutes late all with our feathers ruffled as we thought the restaurant would not allow us in as we where on the first sitting. If only someone had bought me a tomtom for Christmas. :)

  123. Sara L Hodgson November 26, 2015 at 3:24 am -  Reply

    Hi QVC I am dyslexic and often get lost. A sat Nav like this one would help me so much. I sometimes avoid going to places because I worry I will get lost. Please consider me for the £100 credit
    Kind regards Sara

  124. Karen November 26, 2015 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    I would love to travel to Europe, visiting France, Spain & Portugal with my lovely family xx

  125. Kate Marrin November 30, 2015 at 12:55 am -  Reply

    I adore Malta, it’s beautiful buildings and lovely people so that would be my choice.

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