TomTom Start 60 sat nav

Win Friday’s TomTom sat nav TSV!


Not often I get the chance to write two blogs in one week, but when I’ve got something as impressive as this new TomTom sat nav to tell you about, it would be rude not to!! I could really have done with it just a few nights before, when having finished my shift on QVC at 1am, I found the M4 was closed!

I don’t have a sat nav in my car, and although I had a rough idea of where I was meant to be heading, I had to pull over, and use the map on my iPad several times. Needless to say, it wasn’t ideal and I was tired, getting home at least half an hour later than I had hoped to. That’s just one of the scenarios I’m sure you can identify with, but with this new TomTom I could have avoided all that.

First thing I noticed was a far larger screen – 6″ and a foldaway screen mount which sticks like a limpet! Whichever way you turn it, the screen will automatically flip to the right way up. The minute you turn it on, where you are is on the screen. Using the menu, and larger keyboard makes it incredibly easy to tap in an address, so if you can use a touchscreen, then you can use this!

As soon as you begin to put in the letters, it finds your destination with its intuitive search function. Tap on the map, and instantly you have your route and the time of arrival, and as they’re in 3D, you can actually see buildings and landmarks really clearly! Of course it may be a restaurant, railway station or services that you need, and again, this information is right there for you. Even the street names are read out, so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road!

It’s not just roads in this country TomTom can navigate its way around either. Included are detailed maps of Western Europe which include Points of Interest as well as phone numbers and opening times – all the information you could need at your fingertips!

And as we live in an ever-changing world, TomTom are including Lifetime Updates allowing you to download at least four complete map updates in a year – that’s a lot of roadworks and closures covered! You can choose routes that avoid motorways, although with the Advanced Lane Guidance, you can clearly see WHICH lane to take at key junctions – no more hissing through gritted teeth – “We were meant to come off here!!” :)

Imagine how much happier you’d be if your kids, who have just passed their driving test, had one of these? They’d always know where they were, and always know how to get back home!

I took a drive around Chiswick Park to put TomTom through its paces and was very impressed…

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So, if you love driving but hate getting lost or having to find your way around road closures then I would highly recommend the TomTom Start 60, and if you’d like to win the one I used in the film, then I’ve set a little competition.

All you need do is to tell me your worst/funniest/most frustrating journey you’ve ever had, when you clearly could have done with a sat nav! Doesn’t matter how long or short they are, just post them below as a comment, and we will pick a winner on Thursday April 30th and announce it here in my blog.

I’ll be with you at midnight on Friday 24th April for the launch of this amazing device at just £99.96 with NO postage or packing to pay – Don’t miss out!

All the best

Ali x


  1. Ann April 22, 2015 at 9:53 am -  Reply

    This was a good few years ago, but I decided to drive 100’s down south from Glasgow to Portsmouth to my daughters, making it an overnight trip. My son was very young at the time, so had a makeshift bed made up for him in the back as it was a hatchback. Relying on maps, which I was never really good at reading anyway, missed my turn off, had to drive another 20-30 miles before I found another so that I could turn back and get back on track… was a night mare. Was hours late on getting to my destination, but thankfully my son slept most of the way, so that was a consolation… I always use a sat nav now, but it could do with being upgraded.

  2. Jill Hazlehurst April 22, 2015 at 10:13 am -  Reply

    I took a wrong turn on my way to the local hospital and found myself going off in all sorts of directions over the course of the 40 minutes. The daft thing was that I could actually see the hospital in the distance from wherever I was, but couldn’t find the correct turn off on a complicated one way system. I eventually made my appointment, rushing in to the clinic where I was given a mild telling-off for my raised blood pressure reading!

  3. AMANDA PORTER April 22, 2015 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    My husband drove round a roundabout 6 times, before he could work out which exit we should be taking. We were on our way to a wedding and were already running late. I then became dizzy and sick and was very ill all over my dress. Needless to say we missed the wedding! We have another wedding to go to this summer, please consider me for this Tom Tom prize and i may just get to it on time and illness free.
    Thank you.

  4. Christopher Attille April 22, 2015 at 10:56 am -  Reply

    A friend of the family was having a party in Goresbrook Dagenham. Thought I knew where I was and where I was going so I did not even look at a map! After hours of driving around I returned home. Within minutes a phone call from my mum… “Where are you….” My mother was partying with my sister and brother! No one believed I could not find the place. I wished I had a sat Nav!!

  5. Julie April 22, 2015 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I could have done with a sat nav when we went to Wimbledon to watch the tennis a few years ago. We looked for a landmark on the way to know our way out of the place. We noticed a 4×4 garage so thought that’s it!!
    On the way home we looked for this garage. I saw a 4×4 so thought that was it. We headed towards it and ended up at a Tesco garage filling station! The vehicle was filling up! We are going again this year for ladies final day so could definitely do with some help!! As you know this is my favourite time of year.
    Hope all’s well with Lucy let me know.
    Things no different here unfortunately. I will keep you informed and contact you soon.
    Speak soon, take care
    Julie x the girls xx

  6. Jason Alakija April 22, 2015 at 12:23 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.

  7. Pauline Bell April 22, 2015 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    Packed car with balloons for a surprise party, all packed in a box . The lid of the box opened and ballons came out and blocked my view from back window.
    Opened car door to get to ballons and they all blew out , sailing down the road !!

  8. Glen April 22, 2015 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    This is a story from when I was a teenager. I am now 58 still getting lost and live in Lincolnshire
    My mate and I had arranged to meet up with some pals at Silverstone motorcycle racing.
    we got up nice and early and started our journey. packed lunch and drinks.
    throwing it down with rain on a Suzuki 750. we were well into the journey and saw all these long words, so we decided to pull over at the nearest petrol station.
    On asking are we far from Silverstone the garage owner replied
    you are going the wrong way nearer Scotland.

    were was Tom Tom when we needed it.

    we decided to pull over stop under the nearest bridge till the rain slowed down had our sandwiches and a cuppa.

    We still laugh about this to this day

    PS never made silverstone

  9. Linda spevick April 22, 2015 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    It was the first time I was driving without hubby to pick our youngest son up from Brighton Uni.Hubby gave me instructions ..Hammersmith…top of road turn right onto dual carriageway and take first turning left onto motorway..I duly followed his instructions and turned left at the first exit..problem was I ended up in Asda car park…I had to ring him and ask for instructions….I have never lived it down!

  10. pat mcmorran April 22, 2015 at 5:21 pm -  Reply

    I was returning from my sisters house in York going back to to Newcastle coming straight up the A1 as i do a nice straight road all the way. But not this time went 5 minutes up the road and a big sign was saying road closed for roadworks follow diversion!!! Well having never followed a diversion before i decided to follow the car in front thinking that it was probably going my way. Well i didn’t know where i was i went through country villages and over very small bridges still following this car that seemed to know where it was going for about 45 minutes i could see the A1 over on the right through the trees and wished i was on it. It started to get dark i was glad i had a full tank of diesel as that was one less worry still following this car i looked in front and it had disappeared, There was nothing in front or behind me i came to a junction and turned left (big Mistake) I was on my way back on the A1 heading for York. I decided to go back to my sisters and come back on monday morning when A1 was open. Surprised to see me back she said i had been away for nearly 3 hours i still don’t know where i was but i don’t want to go through that agin. Wish i had a sat nav.

  11. Samantha Vambe April 22, 2015 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    I would like to tell you about a time when I did not actually have a sat nav working!!
    I was trying to take my then 7 year old son to a football match as he is a keen footballer and had just purchased my first sat nav from QVC of course. I still had not registered anything on the item yet and was trying to find the address we were after. We were guessing and asking strangers in the street in an unknown area away from home and becoming increasingly frustrated. It then dawned on me ah why don’t I try the sat nav just purchased?. I turned it on and having never used one before I keyed in the address and wandered why the computer was talking to me. I then began to pull away from being parked and “dah” the computer then started talking to me. from that point on I now know to begin driving and by magic the computer will talk to you. Magic!!!.

  12. Mark April 22, 2015 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Using first Garmin GPS no map or voice guidance just a pointer telling you the direction, on one journey my passenger said its telling us to turn left my comment back I know its a 4×4 but a fifty foot drop is a bit beyond the limit

  13. Charles Harvey April 22, 2015 at 5:44 pm -  Reply

    On or way from the south coast to Gloucestershire we were diverted from the main road following an accident ahead. We noticed a lot of the traffic turning left at the end of the slip road but a guy ahead of us by a few cars was proudly pointing to his sat nav and waving that we all follow him. (or so we thought) Assuming that he would be doing the manly thing by get us back on the motorway ahead of the incident. . . we did plus afew more all trailed after him. After driving for about thirty minutes along narrower and narrower roads, despite my wife telling me not to, I continued to follow him even after everyone else had turned off, turned round, presumably to miserably retrace their tracks. It took another ten minutes before I finally pulled into the driveway of a wonderful looking country house complete with enormous in-out drive only to see the guy getting out of his car. He was home. . .He came down the drive smiling, asking us if we were lost. I refused to answer that on principle but he did admit that he wasn’t waving for us to follow him. . .he was trying to tell us not to trail after his car and got really worried when we all did. He thought we were after him. Suffice to say, we eventually, after a very scenic detour, managed to rejoin the motorway. . still three miles and two hours behind the incident! I have been told that we have to buy a sat nav before we go visiting friends again. . sigh. . If we win yours we can go out again :-)

  14. Penny Harper April 22, 2015 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    I visited a friend after she moved house quite a distance away and in the daylight found my way easily.
    On the return journey, however, I got on the Motorway and headed home in the dark. After about half an hour I convinced myself I was going the wrong way – not knowing my North from my South, pulled off at the next junction and headed back towards my original junction
    Another hour went by, after passing the turnoff to my friends house, and I realised that I had been going the right way in the first place!
    It took another half an hour to get to a junction and three hours after I’d left my friends house, I passed her junction AGAIN with another 3 hour journey to come.
    If I’d had a Tom Tom Start 60 that would NEVER have happened.
    Oh, and I was so embarrassed I have never told a single person this story – until now!

  15. Diana Modley April 22, 2015 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    I was sent by work down the M42-M40 to check over some parts sent to a customer.
    Not only did I have a blowout on the way down and had to wait for the AA (very nice man), I was 2 hours late and on the way back got lost and ended up in B’ham .
    Too top it all, it wasn’t even my car, it was my managers.
    He had wanted to get off early. I put a stop to that.

  16. John Draper April 22, 2015 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    The time I could have most done with a sat nav system was when my wife and I were driving through France on our way to a Christmas holiday in Italy. We had booked an overnight hotel just off the motorway on the outskirts of Reims. Unfortunately I overshot the entrance to the hotel and ended up in a one way system. It was dark and icy and uncertain which way to turn I spotted a Gendarme sitting in his car at the side of the road. Stopping to ask him directions proved frustrating as he claimed he did not even know where the hotel was despite the fact it was only about 200 metres away. After a long detour we eventually found our own way round the system and back to the hotel.

  17. Paz April 22, 2015 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    We had a plane to catch and had left home in plenty of time BUT as soon as we joined the M1 The signs said the motorway was closed ahead. We came off as soon as we could and headed across country for the M40. We joined the M40 only to se more signs saying that, too, was closed ahead! By now we were beginning to panic so came off for M40 had to go through all the towns and villages to the M25. It was a complete nightmare and we made the flight by the skin of our teeth!

  18. Anita April 22, 2015 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

    I was following some friends to a restaurant one evening when I lost them at a roundabout. Couldn’t find them or the restaurant so had to drive home as I knew where that was without a sat nav!

  19. Denise April 22, 2015 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Going to pick up something I purchased on line …….. For got to fill up with petrol derrr how stupid I felt when I was running on fumes ….never prayed so much in my life For a petrol station to pop up before my eyes …..
    Middle of the country side ……………
    and could I have done with a sat nav.

  20. christine jones April 22, 2015 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Me and my husband had been invited to a baptism celebration and then afterwards backto my cousins house for a buffet lunch… it was only 10 mins away… hold that thought!!!!! We set off from the church, but , we were nt familiar with the area and although we d found the church as my husband said he knew his way..( More by chance than intelligence ) .. He had a sat nav on his phone but guess what, there was no signal… eek!! So, we decided to follow my cousins car… as we had to negotiate through a queue of traffic we lost the rest of the party.. After passing the same supermarket at least 9 times and certain other landmarks appeared time after time.. we tried to ring my cousinn for direction but got no answer as she was busy preparing food etc at home..

    passing the same supermarket for the 15 th time.. I, usually very patient and controlled said, why dont we just ask the……… looking at my other half s expression, I realised that was a silly question even if he was needing his 4 hourly feed!!!! I ve known him since I was 12 and we are now 60+ No, he would find this place on his own, while I muttered a quiet prayer…. Finally, I got through to my cousin on my old phone and she navigated us til I was face to face with her on the drive, literally!!! It had taken us an hour and a half…. it took them 10 mins!!!!! Everyone cheered as we got through the door and it tur ned out that they had trouble getting the oven to light so the food was only just coming out.. YAY!!!!! LASAGNE NEVER TASTED SO GOOD.. Now about that sat nav…. I just imagined someone looking at us overhead circling round that supermarket waving their arms about going ..”THAT WAY, TURN LEFT, RIGHT, NO, LEFT RIGHT….. ETC… ” Maybe I ll win the Tom Tom for my beloved…

    lots of love christine xxxx

  21. Jane Martin April 23, 2015 at 9:40 am -  Reply

    My son has just passed his test 2 weeks ago and uses his phone in a phone holder to use ‘ maps ‘. Please consider my son for the prize draw .

  22. Ursula McDermott April 23, 2015 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Taking husband to Birmingham airport to meet London friend to go on ski holiday left York at 1 am to be there for 4am for 6 am flight. M1down to 50 miles an hour so far so good as hubby has built in sat nav in brain. 3.30am bang a puncture drove to where i could pull over pitch black. Open boot no spare wheel, i didn’t realise car didn’t have one. RAC gave me taxi phone number, very nice man took hubby off so that he didn’t miss flight. RAC took me and car to Kwik Fit at Ashby de la Zouce (exactly where’s that). I then asked the way to the airport where i was picking hubby’s friends wife up to come and spend a week with me. Arrived back home in York at 1.30pm and we both went straight to bed…………I definitely need a sat nav…………

  23. Sheila rolland April 23, 2015 at 10:12 am -  Reply

    I was taking a patient home to another town and she said when we got there she could direct me
    This town , like many now, has one way system
    She said it’s easy just turn right at the church and it’s not far from there
    Unfortunately there are quite a few churches in the town and we ended up going round and round the one way system until i finally said I WiLL have to ask someone
    Bless her
    We did find our destination but a Tom tom would have been useful

  24. Neil Sinclair April 23, 2015 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    The best present my wife ever got me was my first sat nav, a Tom Tom but archaic now. I needed it just before then when we got lost on a trip to Wales. The road map is no replacement in the dark for a quality sat nav.

  25. Caroline Cowles April 23, 2015 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    COULD HAVE DONE WITH A TOMTOM! A couple of years ago my husband and I were on holiday in Cornwall. We did actually have a sat nav, although it was not a TOMTOM! We were trying to get back to where were staying and the sat nav was just not cooperating with us! It took us down this country lane which was very narrow and a dead end. We tried to turn the car around and it would have been quite a long way to reverse back. While turning round my husband accidentally reversed into a parked car whose owner had been watching from their window! The lady then came out of her house and started shouting at us, who were, of course apologising profusely! Despite giving her insurance details and being very sorry, she would just not stop! Eventually we just left, but was a disaster!
    Needless to say, cheap sat navs are not worth the money! Would love a new TOMTOM so we can roam the countryside with confidence!

  26. James Sorrie April 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    At the courier firm I work for we had to bring in an agency driver to do a single delivery from Northampton to Heathrow Airport. We asked him if he was familiar with the route.
    “Oh Yes!” he replied. “It’s down the M1 Motorway and then round the M25″.
    He seemed confident enough so off he went to do the job.

    We got a bit concerned when it seemed to take him a dickens of a time to do the delivery. Not only that. It took him a dickens of as time to get back as well!

    It was only when he got back to the office that we realised what had gone wrong. That was when he asked to be reimbursed with the Darford Toll charges! We then knew that he had gone in the WRONG direction round the M25 both on the outward AND the return journeys.

    He had added almost 200 miles to the whole trip.

  27. Patricia Daly April 23, 2015 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    Well I don’t like driving in unfamiliar area’s I totally rely on my hubby to take me far and wide. So with that said I would love to navigate myself with the help of the Tom Tom to give me freedom and feel independent . I know how frustrating it can be to get lost.
    So if you want to find it a good home send it my way. sincerely Pat

  28. Mrs Linda Drake April 23, 2015 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

    I had a chauffer collect me from my hotel with the bridesmaids to take us to our church to our wedding at St. Michaels church, when we arrived we noticed there was a funeral and the polish chauffer had taken us to the wrong St. Michaels church, he had to phone his office to get directions to the correct church. I know the wedding vowels said to death us do part but I thought I have the wedding before the death. TOM TOM HELP?

  29. Pat Palmer April 23, 2015 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Would be great to have a new one. I have the old version (about 6 years old,never been able to update it) nothing wrong with it but it doesn’t have Europe on it and we have been on quite a few holidays to France.
    It’s helped me be more of a confident driver, I don’t panic anymore if haven’t been to a place before.
    My world has expanded and its given me carefree freedom.

  30. Mary Morphy April 23, 2015 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Me and hubby to be went to Scotland before we got married, I was map reading. I can’t read in the car as it makes me feel sick but I wrote the road names etc to keep looking at the map to a minimum. In addition to that I like to have the map facing in the direction we are moving in so I am always travelling up the page! Anyway once you get into the Scottish Highlands everything starts looking the same. We drove around this particular loch at least twice before hubby says,”We have already been round this loch twice” to which I replied,”Yes but not in the anti clockwise direction we are going in now!” Suffice to say he read the map and I wished for a Sat Nav. Ha ha. Mary xx

  31. Heather Amies April 23, 2015 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

    this was going to be a very short one Alison, but i have to confess to repeatedly going the wrong direction on the M6. Stafford is actually on junction 13, and i am fine knowing whether i need to go north or south when i get on the motorway, but it seems everywhere in the Midlands and several other areas, will have directions saying motorway M6 or M5. Once i get on, i sometimes have to travel forty miles or more, to be able to get off and then get on the other side… Is this just me or is it a female thing? P.S. please dont tell the guys, as i think they may take the Mickey! x

  32. bobbysgirl April 24, 2015 at 12:07 am -  Reply

    We have had several occasions when a satnav would have saved lots of time and petrol. The first was when we were taking my Mum and sister on a day trip to Skegness in the 70’s. We set off really early but when we drove through the middle of Leicester every traffic light was on red and hubby could not find the turn off we needed so he drove up and down several times and still all the lights would turn to red so after about an hour of this I suggested we ask someone but no he was too stubborn to do that so at the next junction I said turn left which he did and realised we were now on the right track at last. Years later we were taking our daughters to Dudley Zoo but could not find it so ended up at Merry Hill Shopping Centre. We left the picnic in the boot and hit the shops. On the way back I was dozing off and every time I opened my eyes I kept seeing the same stretch of road – hubby was lost and going around in circles! Ten years ago he started a job delivering groceries within a 60 mile radius and bought a satnav to help on the job. While delivering to a block of flats it was stolen. So he bought another which he still has but as it is so old he would really appreciate a new one.

  33. Eng Winter April 24, 2015 at 12:42 am -  Reply

    I was a BUPA sales representative a few years ago. Each time I received some enquiries I would be travelling to the enquirer’s house to discuss the benefits and answer any questions. Without a TomTom to guide me I had to start travelling earlier from my house. On one particular occasion which I will always remember, I had to travel from Cambridge to Letchworth. I had a map in the car so I was able to map out a route of some sort. while driving along 505 towards Baldock I was totally “stuck” in a traffic holdup due to an earlier road accident. It took over an hour on the 505 to get pass Baldock and time was not on my side! I tried to contact the potential customer without any success. Eventually I arrived at the address, 45minutes later than the appointed time. However I lost the sale because the customer refused to have any discussion even though I explained about the road accident. On the return trip, the only route I know was to go through Baldock then 505. Again I was held up on the 505 because there was an accident again! I was so frustrated because the whole trip took nearly half a day and I had not been able to achieve a sale! To top this event, a complaint was made to the office because I was so late with the appointment.
    If only I had a TomTom!! this would probably find an alternate route!

  34. Emma lewis April 24, 2015 at 1:25 am -  Reply

    It was December and my mam and I were going to Birmingham to pick up a very large Aquarium.
    We were guided by an old sat nav ( not a Tom Tom). We got up there with no problem in 1 hr 20 minutes. Thought this is great. So we went for a quick cuppa and noticed it was snowing heavily and as it was going dark the temperature had dropped to minus 4. Thought no problem we are only on the motorway down to Wales.
    On the way out of Birmingham there was a nasty accident and the sat av diverted us. Off we went down a minor road and thought we would then rejoin the motorway. The snow got so bad you could not make out the lines in the road. Then it took us up, what could only be described as a track with only room for one car and huge hedges on either sides. No lights anywhere. Could not see a hand in front. My mam on times had to walk in front with a torch to make sure we had room as the headlights were bouncing back off the snow.
    All the time this new aquarium bouncing about in the back.
    It was the most terrifying journey we both have ever had and to go from Birmingham to Abergavenny, a 3/4 hour journey took us four hours. We honestly wondered if we would make it home and of course the mobile wasn’t working because of the weather.
    The motto of this story. Never trust cheap makes and always get things delivered. Happy driving everyone.
    Emma and her Mam.

  35. Lorna Howie April 24, 2015 at 8:20 am -  Reply

    A few years ago I was driving to Scotland from the South with two passengers. we stopped at a roadside cafe for a leisurely lunch and feeling nicely refreshed I put my foot down and unfortunately drove 80 miles back down South without noticing I was going in the wrong direction. This added hours to the journey and woould have been prevented with a Sat Nav!

  36. Polly April 24, 2015 at 9:13 am -  Reply

    I had just moved to the area and was making my way to visit my son, usually a 50 minute journey, not long into my journey the main road was shut due to flooding. Not knowing where to go I asked one of the work men which way to go. He told me to take “the rabbit run” and gave me directions. Well I obviously went wrong because I ended up going down country lanes and 3 floods the last one of which a car went through and stopped to advise me not to try it. As I had no idea where I was I took a deep breath and went for it, luckily I made it to my sons. It took me 2 hours! Oh how I wish I had had a Tomtom, very scary.

  37. Helen casey April 24, 2015 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    I think I must have a thing about Hastings. Quite a few years ago I went from Margate in Kent to visit a friend in Hastings my husband printed out the direction to go there and reversed directions to get home. The journey to Hastings went very well and I was confident for the journey home but it all went horribly wrong and I went through every coast town including Dover deal Folkestone etc as I knew Margate was just past them on the coast it took me hours and petrol fill up. My other visit to Hastings was purely by accident. I went to Orpington to visit relatives and for the journey home I was taken to the correct road to head home. Unfortunately thick fog came down and I just kept on driving thinking I would see the sign for Margate. The next sign I saw was Hastings ten miles. I came off the motorway filled up with petrol and headed back. I was very lucky and eventually found the turn off for home. I really do love Hastings it is a beautiful plac but only if you intend to be there. I am so grateful to tom tom it has saved me not only time but a fortune in petrol.

  38. Mrs Juliette Scott April 24, 2015 at 9:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison ! ,my funniest or not so funny journey was about 20 years ago ! not too sure if Sat Navs where even around then! but if they where my husband could of done with one on the said day!! One of my best school buddy’s was getting married in my own home town ! I was my self engaged and do to have my own wedding in about a years time so it was a time when every one I knew was at the marring age! Myself and my finance lived out side the town now in a small rural farming village in Norfolk which was similar looking to the village in mid summer murders! Any way back to the story , my husband who was not a Norfolk dumpling like my self had a good knowledge of how to get around and about in near by kings lynn as he had been posted to R.A.F. Mahram for several years ! Infact he knew more about the roads than myself as I am not a driver. So we drove to kings lynn on the morning of my friends wedding to try to find the registry office and because it was not a place you often visit my fiancé was depending on me to find it as he had no idea , I said I think it’s somewhere on the key side but not too sure , so we looked and what I thought was the registry office was the magistrates court! . Oh no know we where gonna be late! At last we did find the registry office it was by fluk as we could see from the distance my friend coming out with the wedding party already been married! I felt soo mad to have missed her wedding and she still mentions it till this day!!! But we are still good friends and we can only laugh about now!!

  39. Jill rolfe April 24, 2015 at 10:20 am -  Reply

    Hi . Alison . The time that I could have done with a sat nav was when I started a new job delivering car parts to garages. After I had had my interview and got the job they sent me out one afternoon with the girl who was finishing so she could show me where to go . The area we was delivering in was Leeds and a didn’t know Leeds at and the job was in hudd . Arrived at work on my first day loaded the van up and set of to Leeds . I dilivered the first 2 orders with no problem but the next few deliverys I could not find the garages I was surposed to go to.I stopped at petrol stations asked direction they told me I was at the wrong xside of Leeds . So off I went with the direction’s they gave me .still couldnt find them asked people on the streets I was been sent all over the place . I got into a right panic got lost completely. Got so worked up pulled up at the side of the road crying started banging my head on the steering wheels a couple off times decided to give up trying to deliver the parts and find my way back home . Just before I got back to where I worked I pulled up put the parts that was in boxes under the van seats so nobody could see them went back to work dropped the van in told them I had dilivered everything left saying I would see them in the morning . But I was that worked up I decided not to go back next day as I could not face Leeds again . I didn’t ring them to say I wasn’t going in as I was worried what they would say . Anyway a bit later that mornings they wrang me asking where I was and and also they had there customers ringing up asking why they had not had there deliver’s the day before . They asked me what I had done with them I had to own up where they was and I apologised but did not go back again . It was the shortest job I had ever had . But at least they saw the funny side off it .

  40. Maureen April 24, 2015 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Every journey with my husband is never funny and always frustrating as neither of us has a sense of direction I would rather do anything than go on a long drive with my husband he is very critical. OH BUT ONE THING IS FUNNY HE CANT DRIVE.We realy do needa sat nav

  41. Katherine Grant April 24, 2015 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    Trying to find the beautiful country hotel my friend was having her 25th birthday at (I hadn’t seen her for 10 years) we ended up going through a Ford, going down single track roads – I honestly thought I’d get there in time for her 35th birthday not her 25th!

  42. Rosalind Bell April 24, 2015 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

    Many years ago when I was an air stewardess for BA, I was driving to Gatwick for a late night flight. It was December and snow was falling, the nearer I got to Gatwick the heavier the snow, eventually traffic ground to a halt on the M25. I was stationary surrounded by lorries, vans other car drivers all of us stuck not going anywhere. Time ticked on, seconds, minutes, hours. BA had just updated their livery colours and we had all been given new uniforms which included a navy blue felt hat. This hat came with its own hat box made out of plastic and shaped like the hat and whenever we were not wearing the hat we had to keep it safe in its own hat box, it was a pain carrying this hat box around airports, hotels etc but these hat boxes flew all over the world with us. But this one time I was grateful I had my hat box with me having been stuck in my car for 12 hours straight on the M25 surrounded by others. Not sure where everyone else went to the loo but I was sorted.

  43. JO Woodward April 24, 2015 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    went to visit my son who was living in Edinburgh city centre. Did the long haul from Inverness and all was well until I came upon the tram roadworks at the end of princes St. So there I was sitting at temporary lights right at the front… Lights turned green, I turned right… Directly in to the path of three lanes of traffic all facing me waiting their turn at their red light, oops… Facing entirely the wrong way , no way to turn with a thousand eyes willing me to get out of way. Their light turned green and then red again… Uber oops. I may as well have been naked in a crowd. Thanks to the workman who moved all the cones to allow me to get out of there sharpish. Haven’t driven in Edinburgh since, amazing how good mega buses are these days xx

  44. Anthony Butterworth April 24, 2015 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    I am 67 years old and have never driven abroad, but last year we were planning a trip to Holland to visit our son, his Dutch wife and our grandchildren, and I decided that rather than waste time in airports and then catching a train from Amsterdam to Eindhoven and then a 50 euro taxi to our sons home, that I would buy a sat navy with European maps and I would drive, needless to say it was a different make than Tom Tom, I had used it locally and it was fine, but because I knew the way to the ferry port at Hull, I did not bother connecting it, for some reason whilst waiting to board the ferry I connected it and found that it was not working, having never driven abroad I was getting a little worried, so whilst on board we found a map and decided that this was the only way forward, and I can honestly say that the hour and a half drive was not the easiest in the world, but I had the next best thing to a Tom Tom, it is called Jocelyn Butterworth – my wife of 40 years this coming July

  45. LEAH ANDERSON April 24, 2015 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    My husband & I would really love a sat nav. This story sounds dark but at my Nan’s funeral a few years ago ( I told you it sounds dark !) The funeral cars set off to the crematorium & my husband took some extra family members in our car. Several cars followed my husband because he is a Black Cab Driver & they assumed he would know the way. Unfortunately, my husband lost the procession of funeral cars in traffic & went the wrong way with a procession of family cars behind him. My husband eventually stopped & asked someone in the street after he realised he was lost. The whole procession of cars had to turn around & go back in the opposite direction. Thankfully when they artived at the crematorium there was a delay so we all went in together without anybody in the funeral cars knowing what had happened !! This was like a sketch from only Fools & horses except it really happened & my family still remind my husband about it today because he’s a London Black taxi driver – but he couldn’t find his way around outside of London !! If he’d used a sat nav there would have been no embarrassing moments

  46. Debbie Jayne McLean April 24, 2015 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    I have very fond memories of Cornwall my mum and dad used to take all our family every school main holidays camping first then in a caravan when we obviously got better off.
    It was fabulous and when I was about 14 yrs old I was pushed off the swings by some much older boys and unknown to me I landed banging my head and was knocked out,they pushed me high and I flew through the air and landed with a right bang and remembered nothing until much later that night when I started taking a turn for the worse.
    My mum and dad played cards every night in our caravan and I suddenly started being very sick and feels ng funny and apparently funny colour and my mum and dad found a Dr on the site luckily and my older sister and friends said i had come off the swings and hit my head but nobody dare tell anybody they thought I was ok.
    The Dr rung an ambulance and we were at watergate bay and they were taking me to Truro hospital which is an hour away I don’t know why I couldn’t have gone to Newquay?? Perhaps because I had head injury, no space anyway I wanted to go to sleep and they kept keeping me awake and the journey took for ever and ever and I remember when I woke up all screaming kids!!! I was 14 what am I doing on kiddies ward and needed the loo and they gave me a bedpan because I might pass out if I go on my own! I thought was last night a dream seemed to be hours in the ambulance even though was an hour away from our campsite.
    No wasn’t a dream I was in hospital a week although was only concussion and that hour which it should have been was hours because I found out afterwards the driver had got lost!! How bizarre that would never happen now,or if it did be big inquiry and
    Lucky I only had concussion what a long ride in an ambulance and just shows 35 years ago how pre technology we were and so lucky now and thankful to sat navy of all types in cars ambulance fire engines etc how did we manage!!!

  47. Elizabeth Shannon April 24, 2015 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    I go out and do craft parties and classes in people’s homes. Before I had a sat nav I had SO many bad experiences. I would get there ok — in the light, with a map, but I would come out, it would be too dark to see the map, I would be tired and I can’t tell you how many times I have driven round and round confusing estates! I also recall driving up to gatwick to collect my husband from the airport at night – and they had closed the motorway junction. There were no diversion signs and it took me 40 minutes to find the airport – mostly by luck.
    I had one of the first Tom Tom’s and would love a new one with maps that show the new housing estates :)

  48. Lynn April 24, 2015 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    One summer, my husband, daughter and I decided to drive from our designated Spanish airport to Valencia. I was a bit hesitant of the drive at first, but my husband reassured me that we would be fine because he had brought the Sat Nav along for the journey. I was fairly relaxed until he was directed by the Sat Nav to turn down, what appeared to be, a one way system. At this point we were inches away from a head-on collision with a bus! I was trembling in the passenger seat.
    It wasn’t until we returned home that my husband finally discovered that he brought along a Sat Nav designed specifically for UK roads only. Rule number 1, always check the user manual before making a long journey in a foreign country!

  49. Margaret Miller April 25, 2015 at 1:10 am -  Reply

    We set out on our very first trip in our new motorhome and wanted to reach our destination before dark……..sadly we didn’t, we ended up on a very narrow road near Foolow in the Peak District. It was a nightmare, as it was pitch dark and we were on a single track road and not heading in the right direction! Being right in the country there were no street lights and we wished we had a sat nav at that point……..

  50. Helen Brunton April 25, 2015 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    I really needed a sat nav when I picked up my nan, who is in her 90s. I was driving her back to her friend’s house when she started telling me where to go and giving me “helpful” directions. I ended up coming off the main A10 and at the back of a refuse area surrounded by rubbish, dustbins and old wrecks of cars. My poor old nan just couldn’t understand it – she and her friend always “used this as a little cut through when they walked to the town” Walking is fine but it seems that cars just can’t seem to get through narrow alleys!!

  51. Linda Ash April 25, 2015 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    After dropping my son at Gatwick airport, returning home on the M23/25 I was in the wrong lane so instead of turning off onto the M25 found myself going in the opposite direction on the M23!! Plus I joined the end of a rather long tailback. Once I got moving I took the first exit that I could but had no idea where I was going. I went round in a big circle (looking for signs to get me back to the motorway) and unbelievably found myself joining the same traffic tailback and still going in the wrong direction on the M23!!!
    To this day I don’t know how I managed this. This is where a Sat/Nav is worth its wait in gold – saving time and heaps of frustration.

  52. alison keenan April 25, 2015 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ann, Great story! Thank heavens your son was sleeping – that’s a long way out of your way! I’ve missed my home turn off on the M4 and ended up in Reading which is 12 miles further on than I need to be and then I got caught in the one way system! As you say, nightmare! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed you get lucky! wish I had one for all of you :) Love Ali xx

  53. alison keenan April 25, 2015 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Jill, I’m not surprised your blood pressure was raised! That sounds awful! Even worse when you can actually see where you should be but can’t get there! :) Thanks for writing to me, and I’ll be drawing a winner out at the end of the week! Love Ali xx

  54. alison keenan April 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Dear Amanda, I have to say I was torn between laughing out loud and crying with pity for you! What a ghastly journey! And how dreadful that you missed the wedding too! What did your husband say?! I will keep everything crossed for you, and I hope that this summer you will not only get to the wedding but have a fabulous time there. Love Ali xx

  55. alison keenan April 25, 2015 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Poor you Christopher!! I never rely on my sense of direction – even locally! Colin is like a human sat nav and can find his way anywhere! I hope you manage to get another opportunity to party with your family, or will be lucky in winning the sat nav here – just wish I had one for all of you! :) Love Ali xx

  56. alison keenan April 25, 2015 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Julie, and thanks for your travel tale! I’ve only ever been to Wimbledon once, but luckily was driven there and picked up! I do though remember trying to find parking for the Red Bull Racing at Ascot last year, and we could see it all happening and just kept driving round!! :) I’m so sorry things haven’t improved for you – just try to take each day at a time and hopefully things will change in time. Lucy is good, and I’m hoping to see her on Monday – baby due on Wednesday! ~With love, Ali xx

  57. alison keenan April 25, 2015 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jason, I had to read through your comment twice, as it is really the most amazing story! I wonder if the thief was trying to ease his/her conscience having stolen your car, buy delivering all the presents and even posting the cards! Extraordinary, but I am glad that not only did everyone receive everything you bought for them, but you also got your car back! Thanks so much for writing to me :) I’ll be making the draw at the end of the week – sat navs clearly having been lucky for you in the past, I’ll keep my fingers crossed :) Love Ali xx

  58. alison keenan April 25, 2015 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Pauline I’ve just read your story to Jill Franks and she and I are both laughing out loud! Thanks so much for this, and I hope you will have enjoyed your weekend, love Ali xx

  59. alison keenan April 25, 2015 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    Glen that is hilarious!! Thank heavens you’d packed a picnic! :) When I was working for the BBC’s Watchdog I had to make a film at Silverstone, and allowed 3 hours for my journey, but having drawn it out on a large piece of paper I actually got there in half the time – not very safe looking at the paper the whole way there though! Nice to know you’re still in touch with your mates though, and I hope maybe one day you’ll get to Silverstone! Love Ali xx

  60. alison keenan April 25, 2015 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Linda, a brilliant story! I know exactly where you turned right, and where you should have gone too! It’s not a million miles away from us here in Chiswick! I bet he’s never let you live it down either, but thanks for sharing it with us :) Love Ali xx

  61. alison keenan April 25, 2015 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Pat, still tittering about your story, although I do feel your pain!! That is a very long way and a lot of diesel to have used, just to turn up exactly where you’d left 3 hours before! Glad your sister was able to let you stay the night though, and I’m sure the motorway was clear for the journey home. As you say, a TomTom would have solved that problem for you instantly! I’ll be making the draw at the end of the week, and thanks for writing to me, love Ali xx

  62. alison keenan April 25, 2015 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear Samantha you are funny – I love your story, and am very glad that you’ve purchased a sat nav already, and that it got you and your son to football safely. Journeys with our children when they are due somewhere and we’re running late are always truly stressful – great that all’s ok now. Thank you very much for writing to me, love Ali xx

  63. alison keenan April 25, 2015 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    Mark, I can completely sympathise as had an early sat nav and it kept telling me to continue in a northerly direction when the road had come to an end, and there was nothing but a lake in front of me! Thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  64. Alison keenan April 26, 2015 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    Charles, what you did is so what I would have done! Shame the chap in the big house didn’t invite you in for a cup of tea before you had to head all that way back again! :) I very much hope you’ll be lucky and your wife will allow you to head on out again! :) Love ALi xx

  65. Alison keenan April 26, 2015 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Penny that is brilliant! Although I do feel incredibly sorry for you having had to drive ALL that way not once, not twice but in effect three times! So strange the way you are convinced you are doing something wrong, when infact you were right all the time! Bless you for sharing your story with us, and as I’ve already mentioned I wish we had enough TomToms to go around, but will keep my fingers crossed for you :) Love Ali xx

  66. Alison keenan April 26, 2015 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Diana, there’s bad luck and there’s incredibly bad luck, and I think you definitely hit the second category! Thank heavens for the AA though – I too had a blowout – on the M1 junction with the M25. Terrifying the speed of all the traffic passing me, but a lovely chap from the AA came to my rescue, and I managed to hobble to work where my lovely Colin met me and got the tyre changed for my journey home :) Your manager should have perhaps made the journey himself! Be lucky, love Ali xx

  67. Alison keenan April 26, 2015 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Ooh John that sounds horrid. Not just frustrating, but worrying when you are in a foreign country. I do hope you made it on to Italy safely? Well, if you win this, you’ll never got lost abroad again! wonderful to have the channel tunnel now as I am terrified of ‘big water’and ferries! Love Ali xx

  68. Mary Morphy April 26, 2015 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali..forgot to say….nice car..very posh interior! First cricket match of the season today and a two hour trip to Twickenham… It was absolutely freezing and I was wrapped in my slanket for the entire innings! Got home an hour a go..a good win for us …hot shower and a bowl of porridge to warm me up! Hope your Sunday was warmer. Love Mary x

  69. Kim W April 27, 2015 at 10:17 am -  Reply

    Every journey ends up as a nightmare because my partner is brilliant at getting to a particular town or place, but the last 5-10 mins we end up driving around for up to an hour without him asking anyone! He deserves to have one of these so he doesn’t feel he has to end up asking a stranger!

  70. Liz April 27, 2015 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Decided to take a NZ relative on a day trip to France from Dover. Missed the turning off the M25 and drove for miles and miles before being able to turn round. Were then travelling in opposite direction so had another long distance to go before we were finally going back the right way. Missed our ferry. NZ visitor not impressed.

  71. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    Dear Paz, Your story is probably my worst case scenario! I dread being late for a flight, and I know how tricky the M40/M25 corridor is! Thank heavens you got there in time for your flight – I am sure the TomTom would have made things a lot simpler for you! Fingers crossed, love Ali x

  72. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Oh Anita, this sat nav has all the necessary programmed in when it comes to restaurants etc, and so it would have got you there. Thank heavens you found your way home safely from there! Thank you for entering the competition, love Ali xx

  73. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

    Dear Denise, I sooooo empathise with you!! I remember having to drive into London to pick up my then stepson, who had flown in from America and apparently had no money at all to get from Euston station home! I was driving a new car, and I too ran out of petrol, but knew I had to get there otherwise he would be stranded (with no money)! Like you, I was running on fumes, and when I picked him up he produced a huge roll of US dollars and said he could have easily got the train home!!! Hey ho- we found a petrol station quite soon after that, so luckily the day wasn’t a complete disaster. Love Ali xx

  74. DIANE HARWOOD April 27, 2015 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Several years ago we were travelling long distance, and my toddler daughter told us she needed the loo. We had of course packed her potty, so we handed it to her. She proceeded to fill it with….. not just a wee wee. Unfortunately we were in an unfamiliar place, and sat navs weren’t invented to tell us where we could find a loo to empty the pot. The nearest public loo turned out to be miles away :( If you’ve ever been trapped in a car with a full up potty of poop, you will know, that it was the most smelliest journey we have ever undertaken!

  75. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Christine I just loved your story, and I am certain there are MANY women who can empathise with you, and your suggestion of asking someone for help… Men just won’t go there! Your cousin sounds like a good sport, and I bet you were mightily relieved to be on terra firma after that horrendous journey! A very worthy winner of our TomTom, I hope you may be lucky! love Ali xx

  76. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Jane, congratulations to your son, and may he have many years of happy and safe motoring ahead of him! We will be making the draw at the end of this week, but it is purely random as to whom will win – I do hope you can check out the winner in my next blog, and you’ll be lucky for your son, love Ali x

  77. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Ursula, never mind you needing a sat nav, you deserve a medal!! I don’t think I could have even kept my eyes open long enough to get myself and my husband’s friends wife home safely! I hope she was fully appreciative of your horrendous journey! I will be announcing the winner of the sat nav in my next blog, next week – many thanks for taking part, love Ali x

  78. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sheila, it’s all well and good using someone else’e intuition, but if it’s no better than your own sense of direction, it’s a little like the blind leading the blind! I think you’re right a TomTom would have been, and probably still would be, very useful. Be lucky! Love Ali x

  79. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Neil, I am pretty sure that wherever you get lost, be it Wales or England, it’s no fun! My archaic sat nav always lost the signal when I was in a city, and was most frustrating! And you’re right the road map is no alternative to a sat nav! Thank you for entering the competition and we will be drawing a winner next week, love Ali x

  80. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Oh No! Caroline that sounds awful! I hate it when people carry on creating even though you have apologised and offered to put things right! Just after I made the little film above, a lady in a company van drove right into the back of me! Cracked my neck a bit, but I had to stop suddenly and she wasn’t watching…. My lovely car is now at the garage and I have this very sweet little thing that looks like a tennis ball on wheels! So long as it gets me from A to B and Lucy in between all will be well. Thanks for writing and sharing your story, love Ali xx

  81. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    James that is a woeful tale! Can’t quite believe how you wouldn’t realise you were going around this system the wrong way and try to get off! I was once diverted onto the wrong section of the M25 and ended up near Chelmsford when I wanted to go to Bedfordshire! Nightmare! I can’t imagine you were all that chuffed at reimbursing him with his petrol and toll fees either, love Ali x

  82. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Pat, as I’ve already mentioned, I would love to have sufficient sat nag’s to give to each of you, as you’re all worthy! Like your husband, Colin has a terrific sense of direction, but on the occasions when I am not travelling with him, mine lets me down! I hope you’re lucky, love Ali xx

  83. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Linda! Still LOL!! That sounds like something from an Only Fools and Horses sketch! How did you stay calm?! I think as a matter of course, all cabs should now have a sat nav set up – although it will eventually make a mockery of The Knowledge!!! You take care, love Ali xx

  84. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    Pat, I am very much hoping that TomTom will be reading your responses, as your words mirror what so many folk have said to me, and indeed even our Jill Franks! It it helps to make you a more confident and adventurous driver then hear hear! How lovely to know that your ‘world has expanded and given you carefree freedom’… not much more we could ask really :) Take care love Ali xx

  85. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Mary, I can always rely on you to make me smile! Great story – your husband must be a tad more patient than Colin, as he would have noticed the fact we were going the same way twice and would have grabbed the map! it’s the ONLY time we ever get stressy with each other, and so I take my hat off to the pair of you, for keeping things calm! Love Ali x

  86. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Heather your secret is safe with me!!! But seriously I do think it is a woman thing! A bit like parking – although I am now far better than I was before – but I used to dread someone watching me whilst I was manoevouring especially in those narrow bays in car parks!! At least my car is quite small, so not that difficult to line up! Suffice to say, you are not alone, and I am certain that many uneccesary miles have been clocked up unwittingly! Have a great week, love Ali xx

  87. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Bobbysgirl, you certainly have a valid reason for needing a TomTom! And what made your memory even more entertaining for me to read was the fact that Dudley Zoo and the Merry Hill Shopping Centre were my stomping ground when the children were small and we lived in Wolverhampton! I can’t believe that your husband along with so many others in these comments wouldn’t ask for help!!! I have done many times, although to be fair, regretted it, as invariably they’re only visiting the area themselves!!! Love to you and I hope that if you win, your husband will find the sat nav useful!! Ali x

  88. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Emma and Mam, crikey that was some journey! Not just the snow, but the thought of the Aquarium with all that glass in the back of the car! I have to say you’re right, there are a lot of sat navs out there, but you definitely want one you can trust. So glad you got home safely, and many thanks for having written to me, love Ali xx

  89. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

    Lorna, this has had me laughing out loud this evening :) Bless you! 80 miles back the way you’d come before realising! That said, I came off the M4 as I needed petrol, and couldn’t find my way out of the Heston Services!! I ended up somewhere near Slough, many hours later, and had to be back at the Q about 8 hours later! Nightmare :) I’ll be drawing a winner at random next week – please do check the blog to see if it’s you!, love Ali xx

  90. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Polly, this ‘rabbit run’ wasn’t by any chance in the West Midlands was it?? I do remember a road with the same nick name, and I like you, found it pretty hairy to drive down! So infuriating when a journey time is twice as long and especially when you know the person you are visiting will be worrying about you. A sat nav is definitely the answer! love Ali xx

  91. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Helen, thanks so much for taking the time out to write to me, and especially as your tale centres around Hastings, where Colin and I had a lovely weekend with our friends Ros and Chris a few years back! We too have traversed the coastal route, but luckily in the right direction, and I can completely understand how with the fog you got muddled. Thank heavens you found petrol! Great to know that you now have a sat nav and need never be lost again! love Ali xx

  92. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

    Juliette your story still has me chuckling and I’m imagining your soft Norfolk accent while I read it! I too would have been really mad to have missed a friend’s wedding, especially if she still mentions it to this day! Still, great that they’re still married, and you are still with your fiancee who become your husband – a happy ending to your story, love Ali xx

  93. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Jill bless you! I definitely think that a sat nav may have saved you the job, and got you there on time, but I’m a great believer in fate, and maybe you weren’t meant to have the job, and have been happier since, because of what happened. I had a job years ago, after I presented This Morning, and that was driving around in a little van delivering print jobs! I loved it, but like you had to rely on my somewhat poor sense of direction! Take care, love Ali xx

  94. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Maureen you are funny!! :) I wish I could wave a magic wand and give ALL of you sat navs as you are so deserving, but to know that you are like my mum and Joe who HATE driving together, and always fall out, I know you’d benefit from one. Take care and be lucky, love Ali xx

  95. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Katherine, just read your comment out to Colin who is tittering away in the corner of the room! So glad you eventually got to the party safely – although they may not have remembered you arriving by that time! Love Ali xx

  96. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    Rosalind, I think you may well have invented one of those ever necessary things for female drivers!!! I can’t imagine how else you would have coped being stuck in your car for 12hours straight – sounds like an absolute nightmare! I think you have had the harder deal of the October snow that I drove into and my 1.20 journey took me 5.30 hours!! Unbelievably I didn’t need the loo, but had been mentally thinking through all the possible receptacles I had in the car! To be honest I was happier that I had enough petrol to keep the engine running and the heating on – it was minus 5! Thanks so much for writing to me, love Ali xx

  97. alison keenan April 27, 2015 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    My dear Jo, I would say that the Megabuses are the way forward! You poor thing! I would have absolutely hated that – even reversing with someone waiting for my parking space puts me under stress altho I consider myself a good driver, and love driving! So glad the workmen came to your rescue! Love AIi xx

  98. Carol S April 27, 2015 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi ya alison, glad you enjoyed your holidays. Your photo’s were lovely. You look really well. Can’t believe Lucy’s baby will be here soon , sending you all the love in the world at this special time. Carol. S

  99. Tina S April 29, 2015 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I did reply to your previous blog but I think I’ve had some gremlins on my laptop this week. I think I would be an ideal candidate for a Tom- tom. I have no sense of direction as my poor hubby will substantiate! I think I must get it from my father. Every year we used to go to the same place on holiday and every year we would end up getting lost! My nana used to love going out in the car with us because we would always end up on a mystery trip. She loved it! I’m the same if I go to our local shopping centre. If I come out of a shop I end up not knowing which way to go.
    We had a bit of a sad week this week. I went to the funeral of the daughter of a family friend on Monday. Emma was only 37. She had been diagnosed with having a brain tumour when she was 12 years old. She was so courageous with what she had to endure. The chapel was packed out as she had touched so many lives. It was so emotional. Her parents and Emma had a book written a few years ago entitled ” Just an Orange” as that was the term used by the consultant to describe it. Unfortunately it was inoperative because of its location. I re-read the book Sunday and it brought it home again what they have all gone through as a family . We will always remember her smiling face.She loved to meet people and give them a big hug.
    Well I must make a move and do some tidying up. Hope you are keeping well and not getting too overwhelmed with your forthcoming wedding plans.
    Take care, best wishes Tina S (South Wales) x

  100. Sue Kirk April 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    We were on a family holiday on one of the Greek Islands and my husband was driving us to a water park, it seemed to take forever and then I noticed we seemed to be passing the same places. He said it was fine and he knew where he was going. It was really hot and we were getting hungry and thirsty but he wouldn’t stop telling us we’d be there soon! I tried to persuade him to ask someone but no he knew what he was doing. Seven hours later we arrived just as the park closed for the day!!! The irony is that he tells me I’ve got a bad sense of direction.

  101. Sheila Lewis April 30, 2015 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    Quite a few years ago, thank goodness my car was a mini. It was pitch black and I didn’t have a clue where I was going. I turned into a street that was a dead end and went straight down a hole. It was actually a very large trench that had been dug up by a utility company right across the road. I never needed men before in my life. Thankfully I had two in the car and they had to get some more people and they had to lift my car out. I can laugh about it now but I couldn’t then. I have never been so embarrassed.

  102. Melissa M April 30, 2015 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

    February last year…, my partner and 2 sons were returning from Disneyland Paris. Before leaving Calais my youngest son (15 months) contracted the noro virus. He slept on the ferry and we arrived in the UK desperate to get him home to be seen by a local doctor and just to be comfortable. My other half was driving and managed to miss the junction we needed to take us from the M25 to Cornwall. We ended up trapped in traffic during rush hour going through Dartford tunnel…..then we were headed the wrong way around the M25. We stopped at every service station trying to find a hotel just so we could get out of the car with our poor little boy…..vomit and poo a plenty…..but there was no room at the inn anywhere!!! Finally…..after a never ending journey (or so it felt!!), and a never ending stream of vomit and diarrhea, we got a hotel in BRISTOL!!!! What was already a mammoth 9 hour journey took closer to 24 hours!!! Just to add to our woes….we were due to move house 3 days after our return and one by one we all came down with the sickness……needless to say it was the house move from hell too!!

  103. Alison Keenan May 5, 2015 at 9:40 am -  Reply

    Hi there Carol, and thanks for writing. So glad you enjoyed the holiday blog and my photos. It’s seems like a lifetime away, although all that’s occupying my mind at present is the imminent arrival of Lucy’s baby! Hopefully not just news of our winner in the next blog, but also my brand new grandchild! So excited  Wasn’t the little princess stunning – just like her mum  Love Ali xx

  104. Alison Keenan May 5, 2015 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    My dear Tina, I was so sorry to read your comment and to learn of Emma’s passing.. So many years knowing it was there, and yet being unable to do anything about it, must have been so very difficult for her and her family. I watched the BBC Drama ‘The C Word’ last night, and found it very sad, although inspiring too…. The girly who died found her blog to be a lifeline, as this one has always been to me, and I thank you for your constant updates. Your story of your dad and his poor sense of direction made me smile – your Nana no doubt loved the fact that a different way home each time added variety to her life! You take care, and I hope you have a happier week, with love, Ali xx

  105. Alison Keenan May 5, 2015 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Mary, Glad you like the car – spoils of my life insurance payment I got after I was diagnosed – some lovely lady drove into the back of me the other week though so I have been driving around in a Toyota Aygo – Which was fab! Yes it has been freezing hasn’t it – I had my onesie out of mothballs just the other night, so no my Sunday wasn’t any warmer than yours! Have a good week, Love Ali xx

  106. Alison Keenan May 5, 2015 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Dear Liz, OMG that sounds like a total nightmare! Once you’re on the M25 it’s a devil to know when to get off it!! You could probably have driven to New Zeland in that time!!  I hate being late and missing things – trains, planes etc, but have learned over the years, you’ve just got to go with it! I hope things are good with you, and that you have a holiday to look forward to? Love Ali xx

  107. Alison Keenan May 5, 2015 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Dear Sue, I think you’d have been quicker and more successful to have got out and walked quite frankly!!!! Luckily my Colin does have a remarkably good sense of direction, and so we rarely get lost. The same cannot be said for me – I got lost at The Heston Services trying to get back on the M4! I’ll be announcing the winner of the TomTom in the next blog – thanks so much for taking part though, love Ali xx

  108. Alison Keenan May 5, 2015 at 9:45 am -  Reply

    Hi Sheila, you poor thing! That could have been a real disaster. Hardly your fault if they had dug up the road and not left any signs!! Where’s a street light when you need one eh? Thank heavens you had two strong men in your car who were able to help – it would have been a nightmare trying to get out of the hole otherwise!  Love Ali xx

  109. Alison Keenan May 5, 2015 at 9:45 am -  Reply

    My dear Melissa, I feel that you are most definitely worthy of winning the TomTom, and was so sorry to hear of your journey from hell. Nothing worse than when the little ones are ill, and you are so far from home – never mind missing the turning. Dreadful but not unexpected that you all came down with the virus next – I can’t begin to imagine how awful your house move was just three days later! I pray that you are now happily settled in your new home and have all been in rude health ever since. I’ll be announcing the winner in the next blog – thanks so much for taking the time to enter this one! Love Ali xx

  110. Alison Keenan May 6, 2015 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear Anthony I loved your story, and you and your wife have broken the mould as i haven’t ever come across a couple who don’t fall out when trying to reach a destination without directions!! It was very brave of you to attempt the drive anyway, but would no doubt have been easier if the Sat Nav you had invested in, had worked!!! I will be announcing the winner tomorrow, but happy travelling to you and Jocelyn – and many happy wedding anniversary wishes this July :) Love Ali xx

  111. Alison Keenan May 6, 2015 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Leah your story is a corker! Although I realise if you had to pick an occasion when punctuality and calm were essential then a funeral is one of them! Not surprised you still rib your husband about this – is he still a black cab driver ?!!!! :) Check to see if you’ve won in the next blog, love Ali xx

  112. Alison Keenan May 6, 2015 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, and thanks so much for sharing your story with us. You poor thing, and how very worrying for your mum and dad at the time! You’d think an ambulance driver would know the way to the hospital wouldn’t you! Thank heavens it was concussion and nothing more serious. As you say, that certainly wouldn’t happen nowadays, and my only blue light ambulance ride was with my son travelling 130 miles an hour down a single road overtaking all and sundry! I didn’t think we’d even GET to the hospital but the driver was brilliant. I hope you’re lucky and thank you again for reading the blog and taking the time to write! love Ali xx

  113. Alison Keenan May 6, 2015 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Elizabeth I completely understood the problem you faced when leaving wherever you were in the dark! It’s a bit like being driven somewhere by someone, and then having to find your own way back! I always get lost that way. The new TomTom would certainly stop that from happening any more I am sure! Thank you very much for writing – be lucky! love Ali xx

  114. Alison Keenan May 6, 2015 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Lynn, that sounds like a close call!!! One way systems are confusing enough in this country let alone abroad! I remember driving across Spain to stay with Julia Roberts, and using the written map she’d given to us to help navigate! We did pretty well considering :) It does of course help if you have the European maps eh?! :) Thanks so much for writing, and I’m glad you enjoyed the little film too! love Ali x

  115. Alison Keenan May 6, 2015 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Margaret, I have to say trying to navigate in the Peak District I found pretty confusing in daylight, and a bit scary with windy roads and so high up! No street lights either would have made it even harder! Nightmare – I hope you’re lucky! Love Ali xx

  116. Alison Keenan May 6, 2015 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Helen, I loved your Nan’s tale. Good of you to respect her years and do as she bid, although unfortunately buildings crop up all over the place, and it’s no surprise things had changed since she was last there. I had an old sat nav that hadn’t been updated, and it kept sending me to a mews that had a dead end! Where I wanted to be was just the other side of the wall – infuriating! I’ll be announcing the winner in the next day or so – do make sure you check! love Ali xx

  117. Alison Keenan May 6, 2015 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear Linda I know exactly where you are talking about – that junction is very difficult to navigate, and not easy to lane change into either! I don’t think the signs off the motorway are particularly helpful either! You poor thing – just what you didn’t need having done a good turn by taking your son to the airport in the first place! I’ll keep my fingers crossed :) Love Ali xx

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