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To celebrate the fact that they will be bringing their TomTom Via 135 sat nav to QVC as our Today's Special Value item this Sunday, TomTom are offering five lucky winners a prize of £200 QVC Credit!

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  1. Tamie & Mila November 7, 2013 at 12:34 am -  Reply

    The time when it was the wedding of a friend of mine from university. It was at Richmond Upon Thames, okay not very difficult to locate for some people, especially if you’re a resident, but it was for us. My sister and I drove around for hours since we couldn’t find the right place. Took a wrong turning and ended up almost driving into the River Thames itself, where was the river sign by the way? Besides it was in November so it was dark.
    Stopped to ask someone for directions and they walked off like we were some, er, don’t know deranged stalkers. Perhaps it was the Asian outfits since it was an Asian wedding, you know plenty of bright clothes and bling.
    Could have done with a TomTom then and been there in half the time!

  2. Stephanie Martin November 7, 2013 at 10:03 am -  Reply

    When driving around for an appointment with work and getting lost and being v late .

  3. Hilary Parsons November 7, 2013 at 10:08 am -  Reply

    One half term I thought it would be nice to take my brother, nephew and daughter to France to do some shopping in Calais. Friends told me that I could not go wrong – the shopping centre was so easy to find. I gave my brother the map and we headed onto motorway in Calais. He sneezed and we missed the turnoff. There then followed 2 1/2 of driving up and down somewhere between Dunkirk and Lille. The kids were singing Bonny Tyler – We were lost in France. We ended on a toll road and asked the toll gate person directions. He looked at me and mumbled something like idiot. When we finally found the Shopping Centre, we could actually see where we had come out of the tunnel!. Oh for a Tom Tom !!

  4. Jan Beal November 7, 2013 at 10:40 am -  Reply

    We had been to a wedding deep in the heart of rural Essex and were trying to find our way back to a main road for the drive home. We drove along very narrow, dark country lanes with few roadsigns so I tried remembering any landmarks I had noticed on the way to the wedding. Using this memory method I successfully managed to direct us back to the wedding venue after over 30 minutes of driving. If there was a room available we would have taken it! but no such luck. Needless to say it was a long rather stressful journey home which rather spoiled the day

  5. Helen Brooks November 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

    I was coming home from somewhere one evening, thought I’d be OK as I’d found the place no problem but I went the wrong way at a mini roundabout, I didn’t realise for about 5 or so miles when I found myself on the seafront! Not sure where to go I kept driving but unfortunately my petrol light came on! Eventually I had to phone home to help me find my way, my family and friends have never let me live it down

  6. Mrs Jean Hale November 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Many years ago we were traveling to Manchester Airport for the 1st time my husband decided to follow a line of cars saying they must be going to airport Well we finished up in a factory car park,nedless to say he never lived it down this must have been in 1968 before the Tom tom was thought of but we made our flight in time at least

  7. Tracy Clark November 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    When I was going to Bluewater in Kent and ended up taking a wrong turn and going to Dover. Took me ages to get back as this is the last major turn off before Dover. Then ended up getting stuck in traffic for two hours and never made it to Bluewater.

  8. Mary Baldwin November 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Driving round Leeds and getting lost in the one-way system. I could see my hotel every now and then, only to lose sight of it soon afterwards. It took me over an hour to get there and I was sooo glad to pull up. A tomtom would have saved me lots of time and stress and stopped my husband and son worrying about me.

  9. Heather Harrison November 7, 2013 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Many years ago, a friend and I were in beautiful Passau in Bavaria and decided to visit the museum high on the bank of the river. We seemed to be the only visitors until we got to the top of some stone steps, where several people were kneeling, which struck us as rather odd. Going further into the courtyard, it became rather apparent that we had, in fact, barged our way into a convent…we’d been holding the map upside down and the museum was on the opposite bank. And this is why I should use a TomTom and not a map.

  10. Diane Crimes November 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    We were only holiday in Cornwall, and had an inferior sat nav which sent us down a narrow farm track which we thought led us to our holiday cottage. We met a tractor coming towards us and had to back up half a mile. Needless to say, the inferior sat nav had sent us down a wrong lane and we were 2 miles away from our destination. I wish we had a Tom Tom then…….

  11. Mrs Jean Hale November 7, 2013 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    We was on our way to Manchester Airport for our First holiday abroad. It was 1968. When we was almost there
    we hit a lot of traffic,my husband saidOh this must be a tail back to the airport We followed the cars only to finish up in a factoty car park We did get to airport,but needless to he never lived it down with the kids even though they were very younge at the time If Tom Toms had been around then we wouln’t have finished up in that car park

  12. Karen Crawford November 8, 2013 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    We decided to go from Carlisle to Newcastle, nice easy route. On way there was an accident, there was a very long que of traffic. We could see other cars turning off at the next turning so decided to follow. Oh dear! There was a rally on that day and part of the route we were originally on was the road the rally was travelling on. Seeing the tail backs they too had decided to take the back road the same as us .Only problem was it was a single back road. This caused another major clog up on the back road that was so bad we had to back track and 2 hrs later ended up back where we turned off. What should have been an hours drive took us 4 hrs. Two children in the car that were not very happy and a very frustrated driver. What made it worse was we have a tomtom and I had removed it from the car the day before whilst giving the car a good clean out. Thinking this was an easy journey I had left it behind. I won’t make that mistake again!

  13. susan wardle November 8, 2013 at 12:32 am -  Reply

    My mum,sister and myself had had a fab evening playing bingo in york on the drive home we was diverted because of a burst water pipe,we ended up lost in the middle of nowhere it was cold,raining and dark and running out of petrol, it took us two hours to find the road home certainly could of done with a Tom Tom than.

  14. J Fleming November 8, 2013 at 1:04 am -  Reply

    I definitely could’ve done with a SAT NAV when in a blinding snowstorm I ushered up a complete stranger into my car instead of my wife, who was waiting elsewhere!! 🙂

  15. Marilyn Holland November 8, 2013 at 1:51 am -  Reply

    It was Halloween and I received a phone call to tell me that my partner Jeff had fallen off a roof at work and had been taken to hospital in Burnley. Not knowing Burnley my Son and I drove to Burnley town centre assuming that the hospital would be there. We found no road signs for a hospital and were about to go into a supermarket to ask where the hospital was when an ambulance passed with blue lights and sirens on. My Son decided to follow it to lead us to the hospital, where we actually finished up was back on the motorway. We came off at the first junction and returned to Burnley. We finally got directions for the hospital which was several miles outside of the town. Thankfully, Jeff wasn’t badly injured but spent 2 weeks there. It certainly happened on the right day, it was a real horror story.

  16. Marilyn Holland November 8, 2013 at 2:14 am -  Reply

    It was Halloween a couple of years ago and I received a phone call to tell me that my partner Jeff had fallen off a roof at work and had been taken to hospital in Burnley. Not knowing Burnley my Son and I drove to Burnley town centre assuming that the hospital would be there. We found no road signs for a hospital and were about to go into a supermarket to ask where the hospital was when an ambulance passed with blue lights and sirens on. My Son decided to follow it to lead us to the hospital, where we actually finished up was back on the motorway. We came off at the first junction and returned to Burnley. We finally got directions for the hospital which was several miles outside of the town. Thankfully, Jeff wasn’t badly injured but spent 2 weeks there. It certainly happened on the right day, it was a real horror story.

  17. Brigitte Leprince November 8, 2013 at 2:34 am -  Reply

    I went on a long drive from Bournemouth to Wales with my then husband. On the way back, we must have taken a wrong turn (I was not the map reader) and found ourselves miles from anywhere. This was before mobile phones and we were very low on petrol despite passionately trying to see a petrol station or any type of civilization to give us a clue on how to get back on the right track! We were exhausted had been driving for about seven hours! We decided being hungry and tired to pull over and sleep until the morning when things might be a bit clearer. I couldn’t sleep, thinking the police could turn up and assume we were up to something in the middle of the countryside which would have been very embarrassing, even though we were married. Thankfully, the police didn’t turn up but we did look a bit ridiculous parked there in the morning to all the passers by! A TomTom would have been incredibly useful on that night!!

  18. Paul Wilson November 8, 2013 at 4:14 am -  Reply

    Once I arranged to meet my new boss after work for a drink. He lived in the middle of Lincolnshire, only 5 or 6 miles from me and he gave me instructions on how to get there. I set off, and due to missing a turn, I ended up about 5 miles past his village, so I turned and went back up a different way, this time about 3 miles past. In the end I ended up circling his village two or three times and about two hours late. When I arrived he said he’d given up on me ever getting there, and I was mercilessly ribbed about it for weeks. Not the best impression I’ve ever made.

  19. Martin and Jackie Johnson November 8, 2013 at 6:17 am -  Reply

    My wife took me away for a surprise 50th birthday treat in Devon. My boss very kindly let us use his brand new BMW 6 series. I only found out when I got home from work and the car was outside and a case packed and we were off to Devon.
    All went well and we followed directions to the letter, hotel fantastic and next day we went for a drive, we found that we had driven down a tidal road the night before, we did think it was a little strange with grass in the middle of the road but carried on anyway. The next morning we set off to explore now it was like looking at a huge lake and we were lost , no map in car so we reset sat nav and were relieved to get back to hotel safely we thought at one time my boss was going to get his car back via the Sea Rescue rather than the AA. Great weekend worried about car all the time but thanks to sat nav we got there and back ok. Oh and by the way we got the Tom Tom from QVC which has been brilliant.

  20. anna November 8, 2013 at 6:18 am -  Reply

    My partner took our family for a summer holiday camping around Europe. He planned the routes, kept charts of etas and confidently set off. We did well until we came to Rome, which was a nightmare and all his little charts, maps and index cards literally went out of the window (well I was frustrated!). Being of the male persuasion he would not stop to ask questions, added to which we can’t speak Italian so a comforting English voice guiding us to ‘at the next intersection turn right’ might have saved some Italian style ROWS!

  21. SARAH WILLIAMS-THOMAS November 8, 2013 at 7:12 am -  Reply

    Several years ago I took a friend down to Brighton to meet up with our boyfriends who were competing in a London to Brighton bike race. We got to Brighton fine but drove around for ages trying to find where the boys would be finishing their race. Surrounded by bicycles we felt sure we must be close. We barely noticed the crowds of people on the pavement gesturing and shouting at us, not until 50 meters away from the finish line my friend shouted to me what was now so obvious, yes we were in the race, I was able to quickly detoir off down a side lane. OMGOSH, still cringing at the thought today.

  22. hannah oneill November 8, 2013 at 7:26 am -  Reply

    Travelling on holiday in France and the sat nav we had, didn’t have a clue where we were or where we were supposed to be going. Mum had to get out her map from 1986 (no idea why she brought it with her!!) so we could find where we were going!

  23. Caroline Clarke November 8, 2013 at 7:41 am -  Reply

    When we took our first family holiday with our 2 year-old son and 80 year-old mother-in-law to Butlins in Minehead from Nottinghamshire. What should’ve taken us 5 hours max ended up taking us 7 hours! It was such a nightmare! Roadworks diversions just ended without telling us how to get back onto the road we needed and it made our whole day that much longer and stressful. I told my husband he needs a SatNav badly but we don’t have the funds to spare on one.

  24. kendra florence November 8, 2013 at 7:56 am -  Reply

    I had to go to friends new house to pick up a parcel and I had never been there before,and had very vague directions. I persuaded by older sister to come with me, she had just been in the shower and had her pyjamas on and I told her we wouldn’t be long. One and a half hours later after driving around in what seemed like circles we ran out of petrol. I had to get my sister to push my car to the nearest garage clad only in her pyjamas she was mortified – we never did find my friend’s new house!

  25. Hayley Wakenshaw November 8, 2013 at 7:57 am -  Reply

    On holiday in Turkey, a little while before the advent of TomToms and smartphones, we hired a jeep to get away from the beach and into the mountains. We had no map, only road signs, and decided to take us wherever we ended up, driving towards the next beautiful mountain or valley. This worked well until we were on a mountain road that seemed to go on forever and ever, with only the odd house dotted here and there. We started to feel a little lost and the mountain road was getting narrower, and scrappier as we went.
    The day was gloriously hot. So hot that the tarmac was melting on the windy, steep, hairpin roads that went round the mountain. My husband took a bend a bit too sharply and we veered towards the edge of the road, the edge of which tipped over into a sheer drop hundreds of feet down. I think the only thing that saved us was the day on a skid pan I’d bought him for his birthday that christmas – he was able to steer back into the road with only a couple of centimetres to spare.
    We couldn’t wait to get off that mountain, and carried on until we saw, with great relief, neat white buildings and dazzling blue sea in the distance. Another resort! We decided to drive towards it, thinking we could make our way back along the coast to the resort where we had started. Oh the relief when we found ourselves on a main road again! But how strange that it was so quiet and relatively free of cars…
    The relief was short lived. We rounded a corner and found ourselves driving towards a man in military uniform carrying the most enormous gun I’d ever seen. We had inadvertently stumbled upon, not a resort, but, a military base. And were unstructed to turn straight around and leave or the consequences would be dire.
    I’m sure there was a smile just smudging the corner of that soldiers mouth, but we were scared enough to swing that jeep round and bomb it down the road as fast as we could, vowing never to pull the same stunt again without a map! This would never have happened if we’d had a TomTom!

  26. JOHN BRIGHT November 8, 2013 at 8:00 am -  Reply

    WE had driven up to Dumfries in Scotland for two days in November, about two years ago, to look at some property for sale and on the way to Dumfries we had taken the A1 ROUTE and across the A66 to PENRITH THEN CARLISE THEN DUMFRIES, but on the way back the A66 ROUTE road was closed to bad weather and we had to go with the flow and you get pushed along with the flow and had to go down the M6 and then the M65 AND THE M66 AND THEN ON TO THE M62 AND THEN ON THEN BACK ON THE A1 AND AN LONG ROUTE HOME and was a long way back home. If we had an TOMTOM there might of been an butter and shorter route back home and the route we took back home was full of stops and got stuck in the JAM of traffic a few times and cars pushing there way in from other lanes and all because the A66 was closed.

  27. Jo Jones November 8, 2013 at 8:33 am -  Reply

    I worked for an American company and had to attend an important meeting so needed to find my way. As a female I cannot comprehend an inch being a mile, so I got lost, and time was of the essence so I stopped and asked a road contractor directions to the hotel. On reaching the hotel, the said contractor was there waiting for me in the car park, much to my horror. Fortunately the MD, and Operations Director of the company was arriving so I ran (in my stilettos)to greet them and went inside the hotel escaping an embarrassing situation.

  28. Maria Mills November 8, 2013 at 8:34 am -  Reply

    A few years ago our friends had moved out into the countryside, on our first visit we had been given instructions to find their lovely `cottage`. Once we got into the lanes around where they lived there was only room for 1 car and if you did meet another you had to pull over to make room for them to pass. We spent an hour going up and down lanes that had no lighting trying to locate their turn, eventually we stopped at a pub to find out they lived only 200 yards from there. Definitely needed the TOM TOM on that journey.

  29. Stuart Dunlop November 8, 2013 at 8:42 am -  Reply

    I remember a couple of years ago, my children were going to two different schools. My son had just started his new school, but I have only visited this school once. I’m very busy at this time of year, always flying around. Anyway my wife told me it was my sons pantomime tonight, and it starts at 5 o’clock sharp. And of course as a man, I was only half listening! It was getting very close to 5pm, and I rushed to the school, arriving 5 mins late. I rushed into the school, only to find it empty! I had arrived at my daughters school instead of my son’s school! I quickly jumped back into the car, and drove to my son’s school, but because I had only been the once to this school, I could not find it in the dark. After stopping and talking to a couple of people, I eventually arrived 45 minutes late looking very embarrassed! Where was the Sat Nav when you most want it?

  30. Janice Papworth November 8, 2013 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    I was wearing a business suit with a wrap over skirt and matching jacket. I was driving a male work colleague to a meeting we were both going to. Although I was concentrating on the journey I became aware that he kept looking at my lap. When we stopped at traffic lights, I looked down to see my skirt had divided on the wrapover bit and was exposing my thighs. Even worse, I was wearing stockings and not tights so my suspenders were showing as well!

  31. rachael jess November 8, 2013 at 10:13 am -  Reply

    My friend and I had just passed our driving test so we went to check out (ok stalk) where these really fit guys that used to drive around town lived.
    We roughly knew the area and went driving down a round we didn’t know every well only for it not only to be a Cul du sac but WHERE THEY LIVED AND outside washing the car!!
    We turned around quick smart, promptly got lost and ended up back down the same (their) road!!

  32. Ellie Bromilow November 8, 2013 at 10:25 am -  Reply

    A TomTom could have saved me from when I had gone to pick up something I had bought from ebay from a town I didn’t know, I ended up lost at a cross juction which was very busy and wound down my window to ask someone why there was no traffic light on the road i was on and then I realised that I was facing the wrong way on a one way street, I was absolutely in shock and mortified! – it was too narrow to reverse and I had to wait ages before it was safe to turn out (which was a big amusement for lots of people at the junction who were laughing and pointing at me) Im sure my face was as red the car as I was driving at the time. I was frightened I would end up on youtube but luckily it doesnt look like I was!

  33. liz denial November 8, 2013 at 10:25 am -  Reply

    we were going on a hockey trip in Swindon (so many roundabouts) & we ended up in somebody’s rose garden

  34. Abby Bookham November 8, 2013 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    My Mum and Dad collected antiques and had arranged to go to visit a seller at their home. I was a teenager so mortified by being with them most of the time anyway. We got there and were welcomed in, it felt a bit strange when they started to ask us who we were related too. Fast track and it turned out a member of the family was getting married and that lots of guests who had travelled some distance were meeting at the house for a drink and bathroom break. In all the excitement the antique dealer had forgotten my Mum and Dad were coming. Awkward is an understatement so a TomTom would have been perfect to escape the moment.

  35. Ruth Lurring November 8, 2013 at 11:00 am -  Reply

    I am going through potty training with my little boy at the minute and a couple of weeks ago in Starbucks we were sitting having a drink when he stood up and shouted ‘pee pee mummy’ and pulled down his trousers in the middle of the place!! I could have used the TomTom to get me back out of the hole that I hoped had swallowed me up!

  36. Suzanne Cooke November 8, 2013 at 11:07 am -  Reply

    We were taking a ferret to the other side of Newcastle, the sat nav had no clue where we were and we ended going up a taxi only street the wrong way. There was no where to turn round until I got out of the street. There was lots of tears and taxi’s honking at me.

  37. Cris Curran November 8, 2013 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    When I was in Dublin I made alot of mistake with the one way system so there was a lot of beeping horn directed at me! A TomTom would have kept me in the right direction!

  38. Evelyn Grant November 8, 2013 at 11:37 am -  Reply

    Some while back, myself and two colleagues were invited to have a meal at another colleague’s house in Andover one evening. The gentleman concerned drew a very comprehensive map for us to drive from Portsmouth to Andover, and we made the journey without putting a foot wrong in less than an hour. We had a great evening – food was wonderful, and the drink flowed (although not for me as the designated driver!) The time came for us to leave around midnight, so my friend said it would be easy to follow the map in reverse. Off we set, and at the first roundabout, she said turn left. I thought it was straight on but she was adamant it was left. We went on to a dual carriageway and headed off, but I was still sure we were going the wrong way. After driving for a while we came across a sign which said “Exeter 111 miles” which confirmed my suspicions! We managed to turn off at the next exit, head back to Andover and try again. This time we did a little better and managed to find the A34 – again my friend said turn left. Heading along the road we came across another sign – this time for “The Midlands”. Eventually finding a turnoff, we got off the road, on to a country lane, where I promptly ran over a rabbit! We kept going until we finally found a road sign which pointed us in the right direction. We eventually got back to Portsmouth at around 3am, having taken nearly 3 hours to do a journey which had taken less than an hour in the opposite direction. Oh for a Sat Nav that night!

  39. Alison November 8, 2013 at 11:49 am -  Reply

    I used to be a taxi driver and once I was carrying some passengers and taking them to a wedding up in the sticks. They’d come down over from America and didnt know the area and I got lost and made them late and they were so grumpy and I had to give them a discount of their fare.

  40. Chloe Greene November 8, 2013 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    In town one afternoon my husband had gone outside for a cigarette while I paid for my shopping. I noticed where he was stood and then drifted into a day dream as I paid and strolled out of the shop to where he was stood smoking looking in the window. I walked up to him and pinched his bottom.
    Only it wasn’t his bottom! And the poor man who’s bottom it was had a very cross looking wife on the other side window.
    I was utterly mortified. My husband in the meantime had seen what I was about to do and was laughing his head off from outside a different shop where he’d wondered for a nose while he smoked. I wanted to die with shame. Could have really done with a Tom Tom to find me the fastest route out of that one. Especially as everytime my husband looked at me he started laughing again!

  41. Heather T November 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

    When I had a friend in the car with me and a man stepped out into the road. I started ranting, swearing and shouting at him, then my friend said “Oh, that’s my son” #embarrased

  42. Cathy November 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm -  Reply

    Hmmmm… could prossibly have done with a TomTom up in the wilderness one late evening, when going to pick up a birdbath:
    We did have a SatNat… but it clearly didn’t take us to the right place. We knew it was in the countryside, but the SatNav directed us to the middle of no-where, stopping right bang in the middle of a little country lane.
    It was terribly dark, but we could see the lights from a few houses scattered about… So, I picked up the mobile and called the person we were picking up the birdbath from.
    Ohther half goes out to do a wee by the deserted country road, and I get through on the phone. The chap says – “yes, I saw you car light, I’ll be there in a tick, you’ll see my flashlight soon” – and next thing I know is this lightbeam engulfing my other half who was happily taking a wee – willy at hand! Hahahahahaha!
    Luckily the chap found it funny too, and luckily his wife didn’t come with him (she was the one having made the birdbath). 🙂 And we got the birdbath… it’s gorgeous, and still used by birdies in the garden 3 years on.
    Whether a TomTom could have saved other half from exposing himself to a stranger… I don’t know… but I certainly know the SatNav didn’t!

  43. Elizabeth Corrigan November 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    My husband and I was driving quite a distance to visit our best friend in hospital. We had an old sat nav that my husband bought second hand. It obviously had no updates. Half through our journey we were told to take an exit. This was onto a B road and we were following a big lorry and thought this must be a short cut to where we were going. Well, we ended up driving through a housing estate and kept following the lorry. When the lorry stopped, so did we as the road was closed for repair. The workmen were telling us by there hands, go back. How embarrassing. We were then stuck in a housing estate that we managed to get out of and managed to find a main road although the talking sat nav wanted us to do a u turn and go back to the closed road. We then ended up in the correct town, but again this sat nav was sending us up one way streets the wrong way and into more closed roads. Stress levels were rising to boiling point. We had to start making our own judgement and then we saw the hospital and guess what, the stupid old sat nav wanted to take us the wrong road again. It’s now in the bucket. Help. Could really do with winning this one. We laugh about it now, but it was the most horrendous, stressful journey we have ever had.

  44. Margaret Dunlop November 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Circumstances meant that we had to take our friend’s dog to kennels while they were on holiday.They gave us the address and postcode. Little did we know there were 2 kennels in the same country lane. The kennels seemed a little confused when we booked him in but it was a quiet time of year and there was plenty of room. All hell broke lose when they rang to check how he was doing! and then the story unfolded. I think we had just seen the sign saying Dog Kennels and not given it a second thought.

  45. Margaret Mason November 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Many years ago, long before the advent of SatNav, my husband and I were holidaying in France. It was the first full day and we were travelling from an overnight stay in Northern France to the Bordeaux area. The route had been researched and chosen by my husband and I was in charge of delivering the required directions as we drove.
    I had spent a great deal of time studying the maps and set off with great confidence that I could deliver the goods!!!
    Part of our route involved joining and then exiting the Rue Peripherique around Paris and my navigation had until that point been nothing but exemplary.
    We joined at the right junction but at that point I needed to put the map on the floor to get something out of my bag. Well, the next hour was one of the worst of my life. No information I gave my husband seemed to make sense, all the road signs seemed incorrect, he could not stop anywhere to look at the map himself and at last in desperation we saw a sign to Versailles and took it.
    Once we had stopped and my husband consulted the map it became very apparent that I had picked it up upside down and was directing him on a totally different part of the road to that which we were actually driving.
    It was a long, long time before either of us saw the funny side of the situation and to this day I will not take any route through France which involves the Rue Peripherique with or without a SatNav!!!

  46. Lauren November 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    When abroad with the whole family in Italy, we accidently drove up a steep, narrow road until we met steps….having to reverse all the way back with what felt like the whole town watching us was stressful and embarrasing!

  47. Sarah N November 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    On holiday abroad. Rather than pay the extra for renting a TomTom with our car, husband decided we could use a map. Obviously we got rather lost and ended up at an American Military base, surrounded by soldiers with guns. After a few tense moments and explanations they believed us when we said that we were simply lost idiots, and kindly sent us off in the right direction. Next time we go away, we’re getting a TomTom!

  48. Denise Sargeant November 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    A few years back, I had a job interview in unfamiliar territory, 200 miles away from the area I live in. I printed out driving directions from a well-known motoring website, and left in good time to get there. What I didn’t count on were unexpected road closures a few miles away from my destination, and of course the diversion was not sign-posted adequately to get me where I needed to be, and my printed driving directions at that point were useless. I drove around trying to make sense out of the map I had printed from the website with the directions, but it didn’t seem to have any roads on it that I was being diverted to. As the clock ticked on, I was getting more and more stressed out.
    I ended up having to phone the person that was interviewing me, apologise as I was going to be late for the interview, and ask for directions! Needless to say, I was extremely embarrassed, AND I didn’t get the job, AND it cost me a tank and a half of petrol for the whole horrible (and wasted) journey.
    I did get a TOMTOM XL not long after that (named him Ken after his Aussie accent!) and I don’t leave the house without him. He gives me confidence and peace of mind that I can deal with whatever my travels throw at me! Wish I could do that interview again now…

  49. CAROL PATTRICK November 8, 2013 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    We could have done with a Tom Tom when we had to take our african grey parrot to a specialist avian vet in Norfolk. It was very difficult to find, and my map reading skills are terrible. Hubby got really wild and starting swearing as we kept getting lost. Eventually we found the premises in a remote location, not even in an actual village.
    However, the embarrassment occurred later on when the parrot starting repeating the swear word hubby used and kept on saying it to anyone and everyone!

  50. Emma Reid November 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    I think I definitely need a Tom Tom as I am seriously useless at finding places and always end up totally lost! I had to pick up a parcel a while ago which shouldn’t have taken that long. But by the time I had been around the roundabout a few times after missing the exit and then getting completely flustered and lost I finally arrived (feeling very stressed and stupid!!) .

  51. Yvonne Mattin November 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    On holiday abroad, my partner drove will I navigated from a map. I insisted that we needed to come to a huge roundabout before turning off. A very long while on the road my partner pulled in to view this map. This huge roundabout that “we could not miss” was in fact a circle surrounding/indicating a town. OOPS

  52. Laura B November 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm -  Reply

    I was attending a training course… As it was an obscure IT type course, I was the only woman in the building apart from the lady who was training us.
    When it came to the break I went to the loo for a tinkle. The loo paper was in one of those huge round dispensers and the end of the paper was trapped somewhere in the top of the dispenser. In order to get the end out I had to bend right down and grope around inside the thing to try to get the end out.
    Just at that moment the cubicle door opened as I hadn’t locked it properly, and the trainer was greeted with an eyeful of my bare bum as I was trying to get the paper out!
    Did I mention it was a week long course and this happened on the Monday…. Needless to say I couldn’t leave quickly enough!

  53. Chocobicki November 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    I need a Tom Tom as I just can’t read a map and get myself so flustered when I have to drive anywhere that is not local.
    I once spent a couple of hours trying to find a venue, that should have taken 20 minutes. If I need to go somewhere out of my comfort zone, I take a taxi or public transport as I get so panicky about getting lost if I drove.

  54. Miss Anne November 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    It was my sister’s graduation 3 years ago in London. The ceremony was over and we were headed to dinner at a restaurant near Selfridges. Now anyone who knows that area of London (Picadilly Circus, Regent Street leading up to Bond Street) knows how many one way streets there are! I had my niece and nephew (who was running a temperature) in the car and was making my way from Holborn. All I’m gonna say is thank Gawd I didn’t get any tickets because I went on bus lanes, got some unpleasant stares from Black cab drivers who told me the coppers could nick me for driving down a one way street and had my little niece asking if we were lost!!! #uglycry
    But we eventually got there and managed to snag a parking space before joining everyone for some good foooood! Only drove for nearly 45 mins for a trip that should have been 15 tops!
    If I had a Tom Tom, I would have been the one staring down the cab drivers because I would drive like I owned those streets!

  55. Kayley Northover November 8, 2013 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    We decided to drive to Paris a few years ago using a printed route planner, bad move. We made it to Paris reasonably easily but then spent 4 hours in Parisian traffic trying to find the hotel!

  56. Susie M November 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    I could have done with a Tom Tom the other week while taking a particularly difficult elderly relative to an out of town shopping centre. She talked all the way, asked questions about everything we passed and constantly started sentences with “Mind the . . . ” Trying to listen to her and remember where I had to go meant a wrong turn and a bit of a detour. Fast forward to last Sunday at a family birthday and everyone was told of my “terrible sense of direction” and how traumatic the whole thing was.

  57. LAURA HUDSON November 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    New to the world of singledom, I decided to turn to internet dating. I hoped that my date wouldn’t notice me repeatedly driving past him as he stood waiting outside a Leeds bar, right in the middle of a one-way street. My bright yellow car and bright red face when I arrived made it rather obvious though so I looked like a crazy lady! We never had a second date (and I’m still single). Please help me TOMTOM!

  58. jen english November 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    I went on a course for work a few years ago to a town I wasn’t very familiar with. I wasn’t a particularly confident driver and was very nervous about getting there on my own (I was meeting a colleague there). I made it almost to the front door, but took a wrong turn and ended up on the A1M heading south toward London! I was driving along crying!!
    I found a turning off the motorway and somehow managed to find my way back to the town and venue for the course, if a little late.

  59. Caroline byass November 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    When my boyfriend said his old university friends were coming down from Scotland to watch a match at Stamford bridge I planned a surprise. As it was my birthday that weekend my boyfriend said he couldn’t go and leave me alone (awwwwww!). Imagine his surprise when we got in the car that morning ( with an overnight bag in the boot!) and I said we were going to Stamford bridge! I had spent ages writing out directions to get us there and thought we would both really enjoy the time in London as I could go shopping while he watched the football and caught up with his old friends. As I headed towards M1 south signs my boyfriend asked why I was going that way? To get on the motorway to London? “No!” He said. “Stamford Bridge in Lincolnshire!” Well we laughed and laughed! We ended up in Stamford bridge Lincolnshire to watch a cricket match and had a fantastic weekend. My boyfriend hasn’t let me live it down! A tom tom would have come in very handy!!

  60. Heather mckechnie November 8, 2013 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    After a very long journey through France with two small children in the back and pulling a caravan I was at my wits end trying to navigate using a map while entertaining two children. We were trying to find a campsite outside a small village in rural France. After directing my husband down many windy roads and stopping to ask directions in my Del Trotter style French I thought I had got the right road when all of a sudden we were surrounded by hundreds and I mean hundreds so sheep! An old Shepard was hurdling his sheep as we sat there in 90 degree heat as my children through sweets out of the window for them! The smell will never leave me! We got to the campsite in the end but bought a tom tom as soon as we got home!

  61. vandervaulk November 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    I Could Have done with a TomTom last year when me and my family were on holiday in Ireland . We pianned to go to The Giant Causeway for the day, but ended up In the middle of nowhere. by the time we got to our destination it was near closing time, so we only got to spend a hour .

  62. Jane Rawe November 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    York Uni open day taking my daughter and friend. Diverted off A1, got to York after much delay. Car park attendant on outskirts of York advised us to go straight to the campus, it was late in the day and there would be plenty of parking. In fact you should follow that bus he helpfully said. We did! BUT it wasn’t the Uni shuttle bus, it was a completely random bus on a local school run. We dutifully followed it out of York and ended up in the countryside at a primary school Aghhhh! Gave up, drove home to Essex after 10 hours fruitless driving. Embarrassed that I drove the girls around all day so pointlessly, SHOULD HAVE USED A SATNAV, daughter graduated this year from Leeds!

  63. Heather Ellis November 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    We were in our old MG Midget in the middle of Arras in France desperately hanging onto the coat tails of friends who knew the town. Needless to say we lost sight of them through roadworks, one way systems, diversions and gesticulating locals. A SatNav would have saved us from raised blood pressure, raised voices and alot of….. shall be say….. anglosaxon!!

  64. sarah addley November 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    A few years ago I had to drive from my home town Southend up the M25 to Ruislip to see my then boyfriend & I was quite near Ruislip but needed the toilet so I pulled off into the services place, when Id finished & got back on M25 i was driving a while & then to my horror i see signs saying Chelmsford which meant 1 thing to my horror….Yes..i had got back on wrong bit of M25 & done a full circle. So i turned off.. started heading all way back toward Ruislip in dark & rain so nervous as 1st time on M25 alone i then missed my junction to Ruislip & before i knew it i was heading over Qe2 bridge into Kent, was only 19 at the time & iv never attempted motorway since lol

  65. Wendy Brown November 8, 2013 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    it was on my way to my local waitrose that i discovered how badly i needed a tomtom. i was taking a diversion to show my brother in law around the area where i live… i could only have been 3 streets away from my destination, but i just couldn’t work out how to get there. pitiful really!

  66. leanne November 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    I nearly missed my kids birth!

  67. Angela Doona November 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    On a cruise holiday a few years ago my husband and myself really needed a sat nav. although we were on foot. We were on a cruise holiday and had gone ashore in France. We walked and walked and then when we wanted to go back to the ship we could not find it. HOW CAN YOU LOSE. A CRUISE LINER. We had to ask two men sat on a bench who spoke no English and we spoke no French, but eventually one of the men motioned for us to follow and showed us the way!! Oh for a tom tom x

  68. Jacqueline Richardson November 8, 2013 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    A few years back, a few days before Christmas, and after being in a VERY long queue at the Eurotunnel, we found ourselves behind an elderly couple struggling to input details into the checking in machine, after 10 minutes I got out of the car to see if I could help, after a very confused conversation, I found out they were trying to pay into the machine, what they thought was the toll for the DARTFORD TUNNEL !! They were completely and utterly lost…we used our Tom Tom to set directions, to enable them to get back on course, which we could’nt have done if we had’nt got one, they were sooo very greatful. Since then our granson now just 18 and VERY recently passed his driving test, has “borrowed” our one to help him get about on his week-end job, Sooooooooo, we are now on the look out for a new one, and it HAS to be a reliable TOM TOM…..hope I’m lucky 🙂 x

  69. Alan chappello November 8, 2013 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Hello, a friend had gone to gatwick from essex for the first time to drop a family member for a flight, on the return journey he came up the M23 and filtered onto the M25 heading for the Dartford tunnel , as the junction numbers were going down , he thought he was travelling in the wrong direction, he came off the motorway at the first junction possible and was happy to travel in the clockwise direction round to junction 28. He was shocked to learn that the Dartford junction was junction 1 and that he would have been just a few junctions from 28 if only he had continued on his original route.

  70. Laurina scott November 8, 2013 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    We were heading for Bournemouth with no idea of the route, I thought it would be simple, Swindon has no road signs for Bournemouth so we bought a map . It took us up a road which kept getting smaller and smaller until finally it opened on to a race course. Fortunately there was no meeting but the people at the entrance gave us some weird looks when we finally found our way off! I’m sure a TomTom would have saved us from our scenic detour!

  71. Kirsty tierney November 8, 2013 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    A few years ago myself and 3 colleagues were attending a wedding at a well known hotel which was approx a half hour drive away. I think between us we had all been to this hotel at some time or another, but could we find it?? Oh no!! Now we were 4 fairly intelligent people, however after stopping and asking numerous people for directions we ended up on an industrial estate, various car parks and at one point took a wrong turn and drove up a long driveway towards a very grand looking house. After resorting to phoning our partners for assistance (much to their amusement) we finally arrived at our destination about 2 hours late, it was a funny night but we definitely could have done with Tom. Tom assistance that night.

  72. Geraldine McCambridge November 8, 2013 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    It was a sunny day and my 2 young sons were being dropped off at Aldershot Lido with their friends and I was to collect them at 6pm. Ok I left at 5 and followed the sign posts as best as I could. Problem was I had left from Camberley and ended up in Ripley, approx 60 miles further away from my destination. After several frantic calls home and hubby directing me the way back, I got to Aldershot Lido to find it closed! More panic, I got back home asap to find my boys at home playing on the xbox, they had actually hitch hicked back home. So I still do not own a satnav and am not trusted to go anywhere in case I end up in Timbucktu.

  73. Georgia McAllister November 9, 2013 at 12:03 am -  Reply

    After crossing on the ferry from Ireland to Wales we set off for the long drive back home to London. Unfortunately we missed a vital left turn and even more unfortunately so did four cars behind us. We ended up leading a convoy of bewildered fellow travelers into the Brecon Beacons. We eventually managed to shake them off but it took us eight hours to get out of Wales.

  74. Jenny Long November 9, 2013 at 1:08 am -  Reply

    When I was very young
    Going in the car was much not fun
    Mum and Dad would always fight
    About which way to go – left or right?
    They always missed the exit for the blasted M25
    Mum getting angry, Dad shouting ‘Shut up and drive!’
    Then one day it got unbearable
    I think mum said something quite terrible
    Cos dad bailed out of the car
    Walked off in a huff, got quite far
    Everyone around us, pointing, staring
    Horns honking us, noisy, blaring
    I curled up in ball, going foetal
    Trying to hide in the back foot well of Mum and Dad’s old beetle
    Oh TomTom, such agonies you could have saved me
    If I’d been able to buy you from QVC in 1980.

  75. Alison jones November 9, 2013 at 5:13 am -  Reply

    I am notorious for getting lost and have had many Miranda style moments. I remember travelling back with my now ex husband from Carlisle to West Sussex. I was doing the navigating and was very proud of myself that I had got us onto the motorway and we were making good progress on our journey home. I thought it really strange that I didn’t recognise any of the place names but feeling tired had a little nap only to work out an hour later we were on the wrong motorway heading in totally the wrong direction. It was a little awkward telling him of my slight error!

  76. Christine Bray November 9, 2013 at 9:15 am -  Reply

    We never owned a car & walked everywhere, one day a minibus driver asked my then aged mum directions to our local church. “We’re lost & running very late for a wedding” he said. “Oh! I’m going that way it’s only a few minutes from here” mum said absent mindedly. I could see the relief on their faces. She hopped in and proceeded to give direct! After a few minutes they came to a dead end in the road. Mum still indicating onwards “Its just a couple more minutes straight on” as she pointed through the woodland. She told me later “they were very displeased” I laugh to myself as I imagined her trudging them through the muddy woodland in all their finery!

  77. shazz November 9, 2013 at 10:16 am -  Reply

    It was a school reunion.
    Bumped in to my ex who had dumped me after telling me he was gay- we all shared a chauffeur driven car.
    Only to find out he had married one of mean girls at school and now had a couple of kids.
    It was so embarrassing as I got pity looks and laughter from others- I wish I had a TOM TOM to help me escape that situation. It was a cringe worthy drive and all my excitement for the reunion turned to get me out of here situation. Especially when the driver took ages to find the school because it was his first job.

  78. mark fairhurst November 9, 2013 at 10:30 am -  Reply

    Worst thing i have done is follow my wifes instructions when we went to Muncaster Castle. The castle was packed with Halloween festivities (yes a week ago), she preceded to instruct me to follow the signs into Muncaster Castle grounds then follow a small road on my right, when i realised i was in the loading area for the stables (now cafe and gift shop) i became suspicious, moving slowly what appeared to be a valid road to my wife was actually a wide path from the main gates of Muncaster castle to the castle itself, needless to say you are not allowed to drive down here, quickly turning round and then back to the main road as the women with the horse and cart did not look too pleased!

  79. Frances Heaton November 9, 2013 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    Along with a couple of friends, my husband and I were visiting a major city where we hadn’t been before. It had been difficult to find a free parking space and we eventually managed to slide into a vacant space that someone had just reversing out of.
    We spent a long day shopping, having coffees, a meal, all loaded with heavy parcels and shopping bags, absolutely exhausted we headed back to the car.
    Only we couldn’t find the car-park we thought we had left the car! We searched each street and alleyway walking for ages trying to find our car. Night was beginning to fall before we eventually managed to discover it at last.
    It was so embarrassing, particularly as we were with friends we hadn’t seen for a long time.
    If we had carried the car’s portable Tom Tom with us and set the postcode, we would have found the car straightaway.

  80. Emma North November 9, 2013 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    My husband is useless at directions. On a past visit to the world renowned Glastonbury music festival, I got a phone call at work because he was lost. “I’ve crossed the Severn Bridge, but I can’ t find it still”. Crossed the bridge I questioned. Why have you crossed the bridge when you are heading from Shropshire to Somerset? He was actually heading for Glastbury in Wales rather than Glastonbury in Somerset! Massive map reading fail!

  81. Sarah Parker November 9, 2013 at 10:45 am -  Reply

    I need a Tom Tom my internal compass is faulty, my late Dad used to say I couldn’t find my way out of a paper bag!!

  82. Jo Tulloch November 9, 2013 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    It was a beautiful, sunny May Saturday and I was all dressed up ready for a friends wedding (wearing ridiculously high heels). My dad, in his suit, with the carefully written sermon in his breast pocket, was the driver for us. We left in what we thought was plenty of time form Worthing to head for a tiny village not far from Bournmouth.
    Journey started well, map out on my lap, radio on. Happy days. Then came the A31 and the traffic.
    To say that the atmosphere in the car turned from joyful anticipation to tense, buttock clenching anxiety is putting it mildly. If only we had had a tomtom sat nav to suggest alternate routes, perhaps we would have avoided the wheel screeching down the country road to the church, the wild dash from the car to the church (yes, in the heels) and the embarassing out of breath entrance to the church where all the guests were quietly assembled. #awkward

  83. Teresa Maxwell November 9, 2013 at 11:03 am -  Reply

    As a child my dad used to do all the driving and was awful at directions, we used to go round and round roundabouts several times until he would choose a direction and most of the time it was the wrong way! And then we would have to keep going until he could find somewhere to turn around but if it was another roundabout we’d usually end up going another wrong way!
    This would be bad enough but my dad used to drive really embarrassing old cars, all my friends parents would have nice cars with radios etc, but we had a succession of old bangers including the vomit coloured vauxhall viva! So I would be ducking down in it in case anyone I knew saw me!
    Luckily now my dad has retired he has a brand new!! BMW and a wonderful Tom Tom so he no longer gets lost!

  84. Laura Bailey November 9, 2013 at 11:06 am -  Reply

    I worked to the nhs and had to attend training where i hadn’t been before. Using the ‘trusting’ internet i went along in my car with my map and turned into the trading estate i believed the training centre was. There were no signs on the site or even when i walked in. I stated i had come for training to which the lovely lady asked me to follow her.
    I was told to put on some protective clothing which i thought was strange! Next thing im being shown have to make sandwiches! Looking embarrassed i said i had come for nhs computer training. She said ooo no you need to go down the road., turn left and its down there!
    Never been so embarrassed in my life. Deffo needed a tomtom then.!

  85. gary rood November 9, 2013 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Whilst on holiday in sarigerme, turkey, we met up with new friends and hired cars for a sightseeing trip to ola deniz, the journey there was uneventful as we followed each other without a care. after several hours of bliss and feeling exhausted – the return trip. My new found best bud was competitive and decided he knew the fastest way back to the hotel some miles away – after the need for speed chase for a few miles – we split from the norm and I chose what appeared to be a direct route ( not the outgoing route) after several miles it was apparent we were lost and we stopped locally to ask directions – in broken English these directions were given and we floowed them but ended up driving around a local lemon grove and our moderate hire car transformed into a hefty 4×4 despite the bottom almost beaching a few times – confused and by now dizzy with constant circling the grove i broke off what i now made as an escape track to end up in some back street – again we asked directions – we were sceptical but followed them with determination – 5 minutes later we came out of the area onto the main road leading from ola deniz ,we weren’t as far away from civilisation as we first feared – needless to say we didn’t get back first, had a remarkable indianna jones tale of courage and determination to find our way back to the land of the living but would have been so much easier if we had a tomtom

  86. Denise Bevan November 9, 2013 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    I was driving my Aunt and me from Taunton to Weymouth on a very foggy night. Unfortunately ahead of us had been an accident on the A303 and a policeman was waving his arms and diverting the traffic onto a very small road. Having no idea where I was I said to my Aunt “that guy in front drives like he knows where he’s going so I’ll keep him in my sights & follow him” We drove for a good few miles wending our way on this tiny road, left, right, left. On one left turn his brake lights lit up so I immediately braked and stopped behind him. He got out &asked where I was heading & I replied “Weymouth and you?” to which he replied “home and I’m here, this is my drive!” As you can imagine I was mortified and if I’d had a Tom tom I would have avoided such an embarrassing moment!!

  87. Sarah Page November 9, 2013 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    When my little boys grandad drove the wrong way in mcdondalds drive in

  88. Sandra Schofield November 9, 2013 at 11:43 am -  Reply

    We had reserved a table for my birthday dinner at a lovely restaurant whose website I had seen on the internet. I was dressed in a very posh dress and was wearing my Butler and Wilson jewellery – unfortunately having no SatNav we ended up getting lost and asked a passerby for directions. Following the directions we were given we finally arrived at a very scruffy pub … Stood there in the bar area in all our finery, feeling very confused and embarrassed (and looking very out of place) was told that they only did bar food and that our booking must be with another venue with the same name at the other end of town. We had to phone the correct venue for directions – and also had to apologize for arriving late due to confusion. 🙁

  89. Louise Cropper November 9, 2013 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    A dentist at work was leaving and we booked a table at a restaurant for his leaving meal, about 15 of us, we needed so we needed at least 3 people to drive, I volunteered as I don’t often drink anyway, we were all given the address and time to be there, I had the dentist who was leaving in my car and 3 nurses, long story short we were driving around completely lost in Denton Manchester for 2 hours! Could not find the way out and had to stop and ask a Police man in the end, we arrived just as everyone had finished eating, I made the dentist miss his own leaving meal! I could have really done with a sat nav on that night. It’s still mentioned every time we organise going somewhere, that was ten years ago!

  90. Anne Huxter November 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    About 15 years ago we were going to Great Yarmouth for the weekend, a journey that should have taken us around 3 hours took us just short of 9 hours, cos hubby was insistent that he knew where he was going and didn’t need to ask for directions. We could have definitely done with a Tom Tom then, as you can imagine, the air was blue in our car. x

  91. Penelope Harper November 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    My most embarrassing journey was when I took my kids from London to Bournemouth – via The Severn Bridge!!!! The worst of it was, I didn’t know I was actually lost until I saw signs for Wales – even I knew that was wrong.
    It took me over 5 extra hours to drive cross-country (following random peoples instructions like “follow this fence to the end and turn left where the church used to be”) from Wales to Bournemouth and the kids bought me a car sticker which said “Don’t follow me – I’m lost too” It’s a family joke and I’ve never been allowed to forget it. Oh! And I was a Driving Instructor! 😀

  92. Sue Kennedy November 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm -  Reply

    I was in Newcastle city centre and was trying to find a parking space so my (now ex) husband could go to a particular shop. I turned into a street where there was parking in the middle of the road, found a space and waited in the car while he went to the shop. As I was waiting a police van full of – unsurprisingly – policemen drew up alongside and the driver wound his window down and signalled for me to do the same. He leant across and said, “Madam, have you wondered why all the cars are facing in the opposite direction from yours?” I looked around (I hadn’t even noticed!) and he was right! “Make sure you go the right way when you leave, this is a one-way street”. With that they drove off. By the way, this has nothing to do with the divorce 🙂

  93. sherbie November 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

    sooooooo many to choose from, seriously! but one that pops in my mind, is when i was a nurse in a&e. i needed to check a patients temp, so i asked a student to pass me a tympanic. its a thermometer that you pop into the patients ear. well, i thought i said tympanic. i actually said tampax. the patient was a teenage male. he looked pretty worried! :o)

  94. Sarah martin November 9, 2013 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    My mum and I were driving back from Cornwall and we went to London Conley and not london. My mum insisted it was London and not London Conley, and would not back down…..a Tomtom. Would really have helped.

  95. Lisa Rowsell November 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    A few years ago I ended up in a very embarrassing situation at a church. I was on my way to my best friend’s wedding dressed as the queen of hearts (Alice in Wonderland theme). I’d never heard of the place, but didn’t doubt that my sat nav would get me there in time. One flat tyre, and far too many pee stops later I arrived. I went flying into the church shouting “off with their heads” only to quickly realize that somehow I’d got the wrong church. I made my apologizes, and went on my way. My screwed up sat nav had other ideas, and took me round in a circle back to the church where some of the guests were outside roaring with laughter. I eventually got to the right church, and soon after got rid of my very bad sat nav.

  96. Carole Alexander November 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

    It was the early 1980s (ie before Sat Navs or mobile phones!) when a friend invited me to stay with her in Aberdeen for the weekend. She told me it was easy to drive from Edinburgh to Aberdeen – just drive to Perth, then take the Inverness road until I saw the turnoff for Aberdeen. The drive should take about 3.5 hours. I arranged to meet her and her friends in a pub (where else, considering we were students?!) about 6.30pm. After I finished lectures for the day I left Edinburgh looking forward to my trip.
    After a couple of hours or so I still hadn’t seen the turnoff for Aberdeen but thought I must be getting impatient, so just kept going. I would have consulted a map but I hadn’t taken one with me considering the simple instructions I had been given. Eventually I turned off the main road and went into a hotel in the Aviemore Centre to ask for directions. I asked the receptionist to help me and she couldn’t stop laughing for about 10 minutes until I managed to get the information I required! From Aviemore to Aberdeen there was no motorway nor decent A roads, so I had to travel cross country on lousy winding roads and eventually arrived in Aberdeen about 10pm.
    My poor little Mini arrived covered in muck, overheated and exhausted, so you can imagine the state I was in! I did get a very warm welcome when I did arrive though, as my friend had been worried sick and of course I couldn’t contact her. Two G&Ts and I was plastered!
    The drive took more than double the time it should have done – I could almost have driven to Dover on today’s roads in the same 7 hours! Thank goodness for the invention of Sat Navs and mobile phones!

  97. kate andrews November 9, 2013 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    I would of loved a TomToM when my parents started quizzing me & my boyfriend about our relationship on the way back from dinner. My dad was so into the interrogation that he missed our junction and had to turn around at the next one. That added an extra 15 mins of uncomfortable journey time!

  98. Carole Alexander November 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    Having worked away from home for the week, I was driving home for the weekend when I got stuck in very bad road works on the motorway. The delay was very considerable, and as time went by I started frantically wriggling in my seat, desperate for a toilet stop. I thought I would burst by the time the traffic had cleared, and I couldn’t think of somewhere with facilities I could get to in time.
    In utter desperation, I managed to drive to the car park of an office I used to work at, drove round the back, threw the door open and squatted to relieve myself just in time! Thankfully I had just managed to collect myself when a security guard appeared who clearly thought I was up to no good! I didn’t want to tell him what I was really doing there, so ended up fumbling some nonsense about how I used to work there (true!) and how I missed it (untrue!) so I thought I’d drop in on my way home for old times’ sake (another porkie!). By the time I left the security guard seemed to have been pacified as I did mention the names of genuine staff members that he knew.
    I got home and went for a shower while my Mum made dinner. I was interrupted by my father frantically knocked on the bathroom door telling me the police were on the phone and wanted to speak to me! (Actually to make matters worse, they’d actually asked for my Mum as I had borrowed her car that week!). Clearly I wasn’t a convincing liar and the security guard had phoned the police with the car registration number! In the end I think the police were canny enough to realise I really wasn’t a hardened criminal who had been “casing the joint”! No further action was taken, but I’ve never had a more embarrassing and uncomfortable dinner with my parents who could barely contain their hilarity at my antics! They have forgiven me but occasionally like to remind me of the incident – gee thanks! If only I’d had a Tom Tom, I’d have found a far more suitable location to answer the call of nature!

  99. Joyce Davies November 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    A few years ago I was attending a course in Macclesfield travelling from Manchester in our party were two other nurses like my self, and a rather airy fairy psychologist with absolutely no sense of humour. As I had been to the hospital we were going to once before I was elected navigator whilst our psychologist friend drove. The trip there was easy, broad daylight I was very pleased. However when the course ended it was dark and there had been a heavy snowfall, everything looked different, and we got lost down a country lane ending up in a farmyard. Ok this happens, but the psychologist stopped the car and was almost crying, he turned to me and said “this appears to be a farm yard then he started wailing ALAS ALAS WE ARE DREADFULLY LOST HOW COULD YOU GET US LOST” there were giggles from my fellow nurses in the back whilst I sunk lower and lower into the front passenger seat wishing I could disappear.

  100. Morag Will November 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Just this summer, while visiting Loch Garten in the Highlands, a place we have been to many times before, I managed to give my husband wrong directions four times! This was made more embarrassing as we were travelling from our home in Aberdeenshire, to Loch Garten then on to my home town near Inverness for a few days. It really seemed like we were in a black hole as it is a familiar journey!! Seeing the majestic ospreys at Loch Garten only served to heighten my embarrassment – they manage to fly from Scotland to Africa and back every year, even when they have never made that incredible journey before!

  101. Linsey Pavsic November 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    I drove down a narrow road which then became little more than a dirt track which led to a dead end.
    I was in a hire car and had no idea where reverse gear was and how to get into it so ended up having to keep getting out of the car to push it backwards while I did a many point turn. so embarrassing, thank god no-one was there to see me thought I could have used some help pushing the car

  102. ann ryan November 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    I could do with a tom tom as travelling in Italy in a hire car, my husband followed the map and his nose – we ended up in a dead end alley way that was so narrow it was literally about a 20 point turn to get the car out-thank goodness he was driving as I would still be there now! All the locals came out of their houses to watch and the little kids stopped playing football to watch the daft foreigners! I truly thought we would be stuck there, if we had gone any further into the alley we would have been! And of course we were going in completely the wrong direction!

  103. Jane Willis November 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    On family holidays, I was always the map reader in pre-satnav days. I was fine when we were out in the countryside, but navigating through towns was a different matter 9especially as shop window displays kept distracting me). One day we got hopelessly lost, and finally in exasperation I threw the map on the floor and said to my husband “Oh, just go left then left then left again and see if we’re right”. The children thought it was hilarious and now they are grown up still taunt me with it.

  104. Jan Leona November 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    In the town centre, I met a woman I know from our Church, I offered her a lift home, and as I did not know the little village where she lives, she gave me directions as we drove. Well, We went twice round the Shopping Centre, in increasing circles, then we had a quick nip in and out of the ASDA car park, then we did a tour of 2 separate housing estates, we then entered the hospital grounds, down to the main entrance, then past A&E. We next began to leave town, heading towards her village, but wait for it- we had a quick visit to a country park, and finally we made it to her house, via the local library and primary school. All in all it took about 45 minutes, because, bless her soul, she is about 76 years old, and the only way she knows how to get home is via the way the bus takes her! It only took me 12 minutes to get back home.

  105. Michaela Braisher November 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    I’d just started driving (so around 11 yrs ago) and I was at an away game (chelsea v West Ham) with a friend…we lost the game – obviously – but it wasn’t stopping us (well, me) from being cocky little gits that couldn’t resist having a bit of a mouth off at the Chelsea fans on our way to where the car was parked. What we didn’t know was that the road we chose to ‘escape’ down was a dead end (no sign!) and that we had to come back out the other end of the road to the group of fans (and more) laughing at us where we then had to sit at the traffic lights and in traffic for what felt like hours.
    If we’d had a TomTom we would have known not to get ourselves stuck down that road and then we’d also have been able to find a quicker way to get ourselves away from the laughing.

  106. T. Lathwell November 9, 2013 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    many years ago, we were in a remote part of Southern Spain, we were well off the beaten track, the heat was dreadful and we were desperate for a drink. we walked for miles until we found a small village. We headed to the village and and we were all flagging and wilting, but I said that I would go on ahead and find a bar, shop or somewhere to get a drink.
    I went ahead and found down a winding road a little bar, I ran back and told the others that I had found somewhere, we all rushed in and asked the man behind the bar for 4 bottles of Cola.
    The man backed away looking terrified, I again asked for the drinks, he raised his hands up above his head, I looked around and saw an elderly lady in black sitting in the corner looking most concerned, it then hit me, we were not in a bar at all we had bowled into someones kitchen in their home!
    we apologised and couldn’t get out of there quick enough!
    a TomTom would have saved this happening and would have got us to somewhere selling refreshments much quicker, as it was it was another 30 minutes until we found a place to get a drink.

  107. Jacqueline Williams November 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    My first experience of driving on the M25 was with a friend, heading off to a health spa. From the M4 we needed to take the exit towards Tring. It didn’t seem like it should be far and we were busy nattering away when I noticed an exit for Brentwood in Essex. Knowing my auntie lived there, I knew we’d long since missed the turning. About three hours later we were back where we started. I’m still teased about it now, Tom Tom would have been so useful…

  108. Geoffrey Fortt November 9, 2013 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Many years ago (25 Years)when i first started driving an HGV i always seem to be delivering along the M4 corridor.
    The wife’s friends had moved from Bristol to Cheltenham and one Saturday we decided to visit them,i checked my map and had to get of the motorway at junc 11,it should had taken us about 1 hr.We left Bristol and 2 hours later i was still driving,i came of at junction 11 and pulled into a garage to get more petrol,i asked the attendant “how do you get to Cheltenham from here” as soon as she said “someone else asked me that last week” i suddenly realised what i had done ,i had only driven along the wrong motorway.
    Not one to give up i still decided to get to Cheltenham,what should had been a 1 hr drive and 45 miles turned into a 4 hr drive and over 150 miles.
    I never made that mistake again…..

  109. Danika Lloyd November 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    I thought my sister who lives 45 miles away had a tomtom, she didn’t, and I turned up with our 7 year old cousins in the car ready to head for a holiday another 60 miles away that I had planned…. ooops! We got on the motorway the wrong way and ended up adding 20 miles to our already long trip!!

  110. maria ellis November 9, 2013 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Years ago before Sunday opening of shops my flatmate and myself decided to visit a DIY store but we were so busy chatting not realising we were going in the wrong direction by the time we realised we just turned around and drove home still chatting as everything had closed

  111. ashley smith November 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    for my friends wedding in leeds, my mam was sure she knew where to go but we ended up missing the cermeony but luckily made it for the evening celebrations, a tom tom would of been very handy that day!

  112. Emma Lewis November 9, 2013 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    I was on holiday with my Dad in Cornwall when on our way home from an evening out he took us down a wrong way. It was a typical country lane, too small for a car. We broke down and had to walk quite a few miles to the nearest house, because my mobile had died.

  113. DIANE HARWOOD November 9, 2013 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Me and my teenage daughter were on our way to the Rocky Horror Show, dressed in stockings, suspenders and Basques, and yes, I took a wrong turning and ended up in a small village and having to get out and ask for directions. I don’t know who was more embarrassed, me, my daughter, or the poor farmer who didn’t know which way to look!

  114. Sharon H November 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm -  Reply

    First day in new job was given company car and told to head down from Midlands to Barking to start my induction in a company distribution centre. Everything was going ok until reached M11 which was closed and diversions were in place . Didn’t have a clue where I was going and I eventually arrived at 6.30 when I was expected at 12.30. I was never allowed to live it down and one of my leaving presents was a Sat Nav.

  115. Missy Sparksx November 10, 2013 at 1:03 am -  Reply

    I was going on a first date with a friend of a friend and arranged to pick him up and drive to the restaurant as I knew the area better than him (and I wanted to impress him with my local knowledge).
    Everything was going fine when suddenly we came across a diversion which took us very far from the normal route and I started getting lost as the diversion signals seem to magically disappear.
    I tried to act confident and my date was very polite but after 40mn drive and passing three times the same roundabout, I had to confess that I didn’t have a clue where we were!
    By that time, we were too late for our reservation and decided to stop at the first place that took our fancy.
    We ended up in a charming restaurant and by the time dinner was over we had laughed so much about how I was so foolishly trying to pretend I was NOT lost on the way that we agreed to go on second date (thankfully the bill that night came with directions to go home!).
    Thirteen years later, we are still together, maybe because I did get lost that evening, but having a Tom Tom would have saved me 13 years (and counting) of my other half thinking I was rubbish at directions! 😉

  116. Carol Shedden November 10, 2013 at 1:56 am -  Reply

    I have absolutely no sense of direction. So deciding to work as a roving reporter probably wasn’t my smartest move, but I was sure I could convince my editor that Tom Toms in the company vehicles would be a great idea. ‘Learn to read a map’ was the blunt response. Now anyone that knows me knows I don’t do maps, why? They’re always the wrong way round, obviously! So, in the early part of my career (before I could afford my own Tom Tom) I’d be filled with dread each time I got sent out to cover a story at an unknown location. So I had to come up with a strategy, ashamed as I am to admit it. If I got really lost, I’d flag down a taxi and turn on the waterworks to persuade the driver to head to the location and let me follow him. I always had money at the ready, but (more often than not) they’d feel so sorry for little girl lost facing the wrath of her editor, that they’d let me off. A Tom Tom would definitely have spared my blushes back then, big time! God bless taxi drivers though!

  117. Honey November 10, 2013 at 2:36 am -  Reply

    First day of uni, I left my halls to attend my very first lecture. I got turned around on the streets but then found the building number I was looking for. I confidently entered the building and went into Room 2.1, where a tutor was conducting an intense seminar. I entered and said that I was sorry for being 5 minutes late to puzzling looks, only to find out I was in the wrong building. Turned out that I was on X street instead of X garden road. A Tom Tom would have saved me the embarassment.

  118. Dee November 10, 2013 at 2:44 am -  Reply

    I dropped my husband off at a pub for a boy’s night out in Stratford on Avon, I wasn’t familiar with the town but was sure I could find my way back to my friend’s house where we were staying. The one way system in a nightmare, I drove round and round and went past the same pub three times before I found the road out – I was just hoping they weren’t looking out of the window and saw me!

  119. Sue Scheide November 10, 2013 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    It must have been 30 years ago now. In the days when Tom Tom meant you knew two guys with the same name. My husband and I decided to go to Milton Keynes for shopping from Heathrow. So far so good. Could not get a parking space. So decided to go shopping in Oxford. We were very spur of the moment back then. I was in charge of the many map books we carried back then. Anyway some how ended up in Cambridge ….. went shopping there instead. Now days we have a TomTom, I don’t like her much – she takes control and is bossy but we do get to go shopping where we want to be.

  120. Sandra Heppenstall November 10, 2013 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    Several years ago we hired a jeep on holiday in Cyprus and drove up into the Troodos mountains.The road got narrower and became a dirt track,then finished altogether!We were completely lost and almost out of petrol. We just kept on driving until we spotted a shepherd who didn’t speak English very well but pointed us in the direction of another track.We eventually reached a road and had to “coast ” down the hill out of gear to save the bit of petrol we had left – we just made it to a garage!

  121. sue November 10, 2013 at 9:24 am -  Reply

    We were on our way to a friends wedding and could not find the destination. Luckily, we arrived within a couple of minutes of the bride arriving and the ceremony starting.

  122. Anne B November 10, 2013 at 10:07 am -  Reply

    Travelling home (in my defence it was in the dark!) after dropping my daughter off at a party in another town, I somehow managed to take a wrong turn. Don’t know to this day how I managed it, but the back way to our house is through a country lane – I did think at the time the road I was on looked a little narrower and windier but I carried on regardless. Ended up having to brake quite sharply when there was a barrier across the road – I’d somehow managed to get myself onto an old private army owned road – didn’t notice the barbed wire or any signs!! I carefully manoeuvred a multi-point turn (6 at least…) and turned round – eventually arriving home safely. If I had broken down or had an accident on that lane, my husband certainly wouldn’t have thought about looking there for me.

  123. Clare doherty November 10, 2013 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    On holiday my best friend has the map whilst I drive, it doesn’t help that she a)can’t read a map. b) doesn’t know her left from right! One example is the day I spent over a hour going around and around trying to find the on ramp to a motorway. We stopped and asked locals with no success, even turned into a one way street the wrong way! How I wish we had a tom Tom, not just so our friendship will survive but for the safety of other road

  124. Stephanie Whitehouse November 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm -  Reply

    I’d booked three colleagues and myself onto a training course. The driver airily said “A1M, that’s the same as the M1….” We finally arrived in time for the closing comments, took advantage of the hotel facilities, and had to sound convening to our boss about all we’d learned.

  125. Louise D November 10, 2013 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    I was on the way to a job interview but managed to get totally lost, meaning that I was running late. In order not to look totally disorganised, when I had finally got close to my destination I dirtied my hands and claimed that my lateness was due to a tyre puncture that I had to fix at the roadside. I still had my interview but didn’t get the job!

  126. Tammy Tudor November 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    Me and my family decided to drive to a theme park but we got seriously lost on the way back. My dad being a stereotypical stubborn man refused to ask for directions for 3 hours straight while we drove around tiny country lanes splashing through huge puddles and getting our white car brown.
    We eventually stopped at a local petrol station where we asked where we were and found out we had drove in the opposite direction so where now even further from home!
    Day was turning to night and people had started to look at us for driving past them for the tenth time as we just kept going in circles.
    At this point we were embarrassingly desperate trying to ask every passer by how we get to the correct motorway when a kind lady said she’d give us an escort. It was cringe worthy to say the least and how a TomTom would have been a lifesaver!

  127. Andy S November 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    We’ve been visiting the lovely City of York for years and have never had any problems knowing which way to go into the city. However, on our last visit this year we didn’t realise that one of the main routes into York which goes over ‘Lendal Bridge’ had become a ‘Restricted Area’ to cars (taxis and buses only) between the hours of 10am and 5pm. We went over the brige (as we have always done on past visits) not realising the new rules as the new signs do not stand out well and came home to a £60 fine. This really put a cloud over our Yorkshire holiday.
    People who had Tom Toms have said that their Tom Tom had warned them well in advance about this new traffic system and the new ‘Restricted Area’. If we had a Tom Tom…….we would never have went over the bridge and we wouldn’t have came home to a £60 fine…..and the fact that it has totally ruined the memories of our last visit to the beautiful city of York!!

  128. Diane Mayhew November 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

    Whilst visiting my daughter who had moved to Yorkshire we decided to do some sightseeing. On the way back I took a turn (which according to the map was heading home) I proceeded to drive along this road and realised it was getting narrower. Turning a corner I came across a horse, the there’d to the verge but standing in the middle of the road. Hubby got out as the horse refused to move. After trying to tempt the horse out of the way he resorted to dragging the very indignant animal by its tether whilst I drove past. The horse had a look of incredulity on its face. Back in the car we continued. The road began to turn into a track with raised centre, complete with foot high grass/weeds. Then in front of us sitting smack bang in the middle of the track was a collie dog. Obviously a friend of the horse as he too refused to move, just sat there staring at us. Hubby was ejected from the car again, muttering and puttering to coax the dog out of the way. On we went, by now the bushes at the side of the road were brushing against the car it was so narrow. Determined not to give in to hubby’s moans of turn around I continued. But 50 yards later I came to a footbridge!!!!!!!!!! Defeated at last, only problem was that I had to reverse for over a mile. Passing the collie who was now off the road on the verge and I’m sure he was grinning as if to say I tried to stop you but you wouldn’t listen. We reversed all the way to the indignant horse, no longer on the road, I’m sure I saw him just shrug at us as I finally managed to turn round and drive back to the main road. As we reached the main road we saw a bent sign almost hidden in the bushes saying NOT SUITABLE FOR VEHICLES – tomtom now purchased!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  129. Vic & Vaneesa Oddy November 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Whilst driving our new motorhome with our old Tom Tom sat nav as a guide to a new campsite in the Bere Forest our ‘old’ sat nav took us on what we found out to be one of the narrowest routes around. You try driving a 7’6″ wide 10′ tall motorhome down a lane only just wide enough for a small car! And the branches of the trees on both sides hitting the windscreen (which left the other 4′ of the motorhome in the trees!) After 10 feet of driving into this thinking hopelessly that it would get better, my wife shouted at me and said we’ll reverse back. “Oh yeah I said how do you get out?” With which she squeezed out, squeezed down the side of the motorhome and with me using the rear view camera got us out of a ‘narrow and tricky’ situation I wish Tom Tom did ones for motorhomes that allowed for my girth and height (motorhome’s not mine 🙂
    Took us another 2 hours driving with the old Tom Tom telling me to turn around and go back down that narrow lack of height lane all the while! Got there in the end and had 5 glorious days of relaxation (and a map to take us back home!) along with helpful advice from the Caravan Club!

  130. Jules H November 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    Years ago on our first big family holiday to Cyprus we hired a couple jeeps and had a ride up to the Troodos mountains. We had a great day and my Brother In Law said he would navigate us back to our resort (Protaras). Anyway he got us hopelessly lost then my daughter who was 15 months old at the time decided to projectile vomit all over me – believe me I was covered! We actually ended up in Pathos which was 3 hours away from our resort and I had the most miserable journey of my life travelling back, smelling disgusting and wearing only a bikini as I had no spare clothes – and yes it was cold as it was September!!! I still shudder to this day when thinking about it!!!

  131. Gemma Urina November 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    I have always been terrible at directions and have always needed someone by my side to help with the navigation. For years people had said “Gemma for goodness sake get a Sat Nav, if anyone in this world needs one it’s you!” On this particular occasion 2 years ago I was on my own travelling to a friend’s wedding in The Cotswolds. It was the middle of winter and it was snowing. As always I was nervous about getting there and surprise surprise, I got lost several times but luckily got back on track. The wedding was in a barn in a field and I was told that the entrance to the road that led to it would have balloons attached to the signpost. Well, I thought I’d got to the right village and to my relief came accross the signpost with the balloons, hurray! I was quite late but the wedding ceremony hadn’t started but everyone was seated so I went in found a seat and sat down quickly trying not to draw any attention to my lateness. Suddenly the wedding theme started and I saw the groom stand up, then I turned the other way and the bride entered the room. I gulped and my heart started to race! I was at the wrong wedding! Clearly, I was in the wrong place, but I had no choice but to stay for the ceremony. I crept out after and then eventually made it to the right place but only made the reception. My friend (the bride) and everybody found the whole thing utterly hilarious, and although I saw the funny side too, I ofcourse felt sad that I’d missed my friend getting married. I wish I’d had a Tomtom and this certainly wouldn’t have happened! For that reason I bought one from QVC a few months ago and although it sounds so cliche it has totally changed my life! Thanks Tomtom!xx

  132. PATRICK McCABE November 10, 2013 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    A number of years ago, my wife and I obtained tickets for a sell out Bruce Springsteen Evening Concert at Sheffield United Football Ground. Wanting to get a good viewing point and knowing that the traffic and parking could be a problem we left early to try and avoid this. On arrival at Sheffield it was quite chaotic with traffic and queues everywhere, We eventually were directed to a large park which had winding ascending paths and were told to pull off onto the grass to park up. It was bright sunshine and we just noted approximately where we were as there were no Parking Block No’s. We started to walk and mingle with the thousands of fans heading towards the stadium. We queued up and got good viewing seats. We had to wait 3 to 4 hours before he came on stage. Well worth it though a brilliant concert (Bono of U2 was in the audience only a few rows away from us.) Bruce’s concert lasted for nearly 4 hours. We eventually got out of the stadium into the street amidst all the thousands of fans. Somehow things looked very different to earlier in the day – It was dark!!. Eventually we arrived back at the park. OMG no lighting only headlights of hundreds of cars trying to weave their way out of the park. Which pathway?? Thousands of cars parked all over the place – we hadn’t got a clue where our car was parked. We walked around for hours trying to find the car. We were now very tired, thirsty and hungry. All we could do was to wait around until many of the cars had left and then start searching around the remaining parked cars. Eventually we found it. After some wait we managed to slot into the queue and slowly edged our way out of the park. At the exit we were directed by the police. Alas in the direction we didn’t want. We had no idea where we were and found ourselves lost amidst masses of traffic. Eventually after some considerable time of driving around Sheffield we saw a sign for the M1 and at last we on our way home.
    Now had we had TOMTOM then, we would have been able to have logged the location of our car to find it and easily have found our way out of Sheffield. It won’t now be happening again!!!!

  133. Gemma Urina November 10, 2013 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    I have always been terrible at directions and have always needed someone by my side to help with the navigation. For years people had said “Gemma for goodness sake get a Sat Nav, if anyone in this world needs one it’s you!” On this particular occasion 2 years ago I was on my own travelling to a friend’s wedding in The Cotswolds. It was the middle of winter and it was snowing. As always I was nervous about getting there and surprise surprise, I got lost several times but luckily got back on track. The wedding was in a barn in a field and I was told that the entrance to the road that led to it would have balloons attached to the signpost. Well, I thought I’d got to the right village and to my relief came accross the signpost with the balloons, hurray! I was quite late but the wedding ceremony hadn’t started but everyone was seated so I went in found a seat and sat down quickly trying not to draw any attention to my lateness. Suddenly the wedding theme started and I saw the groom stand up, then I turned the other way and the bride entered the room. I gulped and my heart started to race! I was at the wrong wedding! Clearly, I was in the wrong place, but I had no choice but to stay for the ceremony. I crept out after and then eventually made it to the right place but only made the reception. My friend (the bride) and everybody found the whole thing utterly hilarious, and although I saw the funny side too, I ofcourse felt sad that I’d missed my friend getting married. I wish I’d had a Tomtom and this certainly wouldn’t have happened! For that reason I bought one from QVC a few months ago and although it sounds so cliche it has totally changed my life! Thanks Tomtom!xx

  134. Patricia Daly November 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Do you know my husband loves the fact that I depend on him for going anywhwere out of my comfort zone which is about 10 miles square, yes i know thats nothing . so I would love a Tom Tom so I could do my own thing and drive Blackpool from Stoke Yes that would be an achievement for me. Pat

  135. Katie Rutter November 10, 2013 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Like the time when I went shopping to a new outlet centre and insisted I didn’t need directions as I’d seen the add on TV and knew where it was !!!! I should’ve known better … I never did get to that outlet centre and what’s worse the (very smug) hubby had to rescue me several hours and no petrol later!!! A tom tom would not have only have for me there but found me a petrol station to boot !!

  136. Ian Dawson November 10, 2013 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    As a professional wedding singer I do a lot of travelling around the country and have always relied on the old paper maps, a good sense of direction and a bit of common sense to get me to my destinations. A year or so back however I got hopelessly lost en route to a wedding venue located in the middle of nowhere, at which I was performing. I quickly pulled in to a layby to consult my map, stored in the boot of the car, only to discover that a bottle of screen wash had sprung a leak and turned my UK Atlas into a gooey pulp! I tried desperately to peel the pages apart, but they simply disintegrated in my hands.
    Overcome with a stomach churning sense of anxiety I set off again down impossibly narrow country lanes looking for any indication of where I was. I drove for what seemed like miles. Eventually and with time running out, I found my destination, more by luck than judgement.
    Unfortunately, not only was the embarrassment of nearly being late bad enough, but the worst thing of all was having to perform to a packed wedding reception with blue and red hands! Yes, the gooey ink from the UK Atlas had taken hold on my palms and fingers, and refused to budge. Mortified, I had to perform the whole wedding cabaret looking as though I was wearing badly knitted gloves!
    Since that night, I now have a TomTom … and clean hands!

  137. Wendy Clayton November 10, 2013 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    My sister was at uni in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and I set off from Yorkshire for a visit, a journey of about 120 miles and I had told her I would be there at tea time.
    Off I went up the A1, well I don’t know what I did wrong but after 3 hours driving and me thinking I should be nearly there I saw a sign that said Carlisle, my geography isn’t that good but I know that it is the other side of the country.
    I had to stop, get the (out of date) road map from the boot and try and work out where I was and where I needed to go. It was getting dark and raining so I had to ring my Dad to get some directions, drive for a bit, stop, ring Dad, drive, stop, ring Dad, you get the picture?
    Needless to say my next birthday one of my presents was a TomTom, which now stays in the car and is used regularly. I need a new one though with free lifetime updates.

  138. chris calvert November 10, 2013 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

    Im usually not bad at directions, but this one time i had arranged a special evening for my partner and it was a surprise but i had never been to the place before i had only head good things about it, so we drove around and around, but i couldn’t stop and ask anyone as he would know where we were going. This happened for hours and in the end i had to tell him what the plans were, the funny thing is that he said we had gone past the place about five times.. so i defo need a tom tom to avoid this happening again and disappointing him to arrange a better surprise without getting lost.

  139. Lesley McFadyen November 10, 2013 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

    Some years ago we set off on our summer holiday. My aunt, uncle and 2 cousins were also coming with us – our destination a small fishing village on the east coast of Scotland. We live in the south west of Scotland and we opted for the scenic route. My cousin volunteered to read the map, I’m a Scout I’ll manage that easily. Well after THREE times through Glencoe and a puncture ( with NO spare ) so had to navigate to neatest village. A six hour journey took us TWELVE HOURS that day!!!We wished we had had a TOM TOM then. Incidentally my cousin now borrows our TOM TOM when he travels away from home, saves sending out a search party!!!!!

  140. Zara November 10, 2013 at 11:49 pm -  Reply

    A few years ago my sister and I were visiting friends about an hour from where we live. We decided to take A roads instead of the motorway and had neither a map nor a Sat Nav. On the way my sister took a wrong turning and managed to end up on a very steep hill in the middle of nowhere! On one side there were no fences but a very steep drop into a river. I pretty much closed my eyes and prayed at this point! We finally managed to get onto a country road which we hoped led us to the main road. We got closer to a farm and realised the road had been blocked because a farmer was moving cows in to be milked – this took an hour! We also had to explain how we had ended up there to the farmer and several other people waiting around which was totally embarrassing and they pretty much thought we were insane. The road we had turned into had not been used in years! At one point one of the people waiting pulled out a map to show us like we had never seen one before!

  141. Marcella Mends November 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm -  Reply

    A few years ago I worked for a party decoration company.
    We received a booking from a gentleman wanted the outside of his house decorated to welcome the birth of his new baby, the plan was for me and a colleague to decorate the outside of the house with balloons and a banner whilst he went to the hospital to collect his wife and new baby. This was a simple enough job, I had done it few times before. We drove to the address and proceeded to decorate the house with gorgeous balloons and a ‘welcome new baby girl’ banner, the job took around 45 minutes to complete. We finished and drove back to the shop, when we arrived at the shop I received a call from the client who had booked us, he sounded confused and slightly angry, he was enquiring why the outside of his house was not covered with decorations as he had requested. I was adamant that we had been to his house and completed the job, I couldn’t understand what had happened I thought decorations wouldn’t just disappear like that. I got back in the van and returned to the house we covered in decorations, on my arrival I was met by a very bemused elderly lady who had arrived home to find her house covered in balloons, luckily she saw the funny side of it she even joked that her child rearing days were long behind her. I apologised and removed the decorations. It turned out that the address of the client and the wrong house we went to had the same street name but different endings, his was 37….Lane, but we had incorrectly gone to 37….Avenue both of which confusingly are in the same town. Luckily the client also saw the funny side as well. Having a TomTom would have definitely saved me from this very embarassing situation.

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