Perspective | Dangerous driving? Some people think there’s an app for that.

6/6/2022 10:40:00 PM

Don't let bad GPS instructions steer you the wrong way.

Dangerous driving? Some people think there’s an app for that.

Don't let bad GPS instructions steer you the wrong way.

Dave sees cars making the same dangerous moveAlan BoydAdvertisementVDOT’s“As we have done in the past, we reached out to Waze, who verified that drivers who enter I-395 at Boundary Channel Drive are not instructed to immediately cross multiple lanes of traffic to use the Route 1 exit ramp,” she wrote in an email. “We also reached out to Google to request that that movement be prevented in Google Maps.”

“We take a wide range of factors into account to deliver driving routes — including road size, directness and estimated travel time,” Google emailed in a statement. “After investigating, we’ve updated the route in question on I-395. As always, we encourage everyone to stay alert and attentive when on the road.”

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Who are you gonna believe? GPS or your own two eyes? Dave Statter sees this play out every day from his high-rise apartment in Crystal City. The former newsman has video cameras trained on I-395 below. (Include those details on the proposed guest list you send to them. In March, I wrote about how, time and time again, Dave sees cars making the same dangerous move : cutting nearly perpendicularly across four lanes of interstate traffic to get from Boundary Channel Drive to a left exit onto Route 1 South.m. He thinks a lot of those drivers are steered wrong by their GPS. DEAR ABBY: When my boyfriend found out I have the money to do it, he asked me to pay off his car. Dave has re-created driving directions on Google Maps that suggest taking that route." Narumon Bowonkitwanchai / Getty Images / Via Getty Images —u/ shim_sham_shimmy 13.

I’ve done the same with Apple’s Maps app. I have helped him in the past, but he continues to ask me for money.” The blog did not identify any of the rescued, believed to be Cuban nationals, and said that they were transferred to the Coast Guard Friday afternoon. Waze apparently addressed the issue long ago, in part thanks to a man named Alan Boyd . By day, Alan is a contractor for a Navy program. He tries to make me feel guilty by accusing me of not caring about him because, “if I did, I would pay off his car. In the evenings, he’s among the volunteers who keep Waze as updated as possible. Advertisement “There’s a small little group of people who help out in the area,” said Alan, who is a Virginia state manager for Waze. I told him as much, and he still insists I should help him with his bills. "Listening to bad advice and taking it instead of thinking about it for themselves, especially when it comes to decisions based on jobs, careers, and love.

Alan said Waze has not recommended that dicey, four-lane move since 2014. VDOT’s Ellen Kamilakis said the agency is aware of Dave Statter’s videos and is working to improve that stretch of road. What should I do? WELL-OFF IN THE SOUTH DEAR WELL-OFF: There are worse things than being lonely (for a while). “As we have done in the past, we reached out to Waze, who verified that drivers who enter I-395 at Boundary Channel Drive are not instructed to immediately cross multiple lanes of traffic to use the Route 1 exit ramp,” she wrote in an email. “We also reached out to Google to request that that movement be prevented in Google Maps. What you “should” do is kick him to the curb and not look back.” Though Waze is owned by Google, Alan said it can take some time for the changes he suggests to the Waze app to show up on Google. "Marrying the wrong person.

A Google spokesperson tells me its routing has been updated. DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are having a hard time navigating a recurring situation in our marriage. Advertisement “We take a wide range of factors into account to deliver driving routes — including road size, directness and estimated travel time,” Google emailed in a statement. “After investigating, we’ve updated the route in question on I-395. They hang out often and sometimes drink. As always, we encourage everyone to stay alert and attentive when on the road.” Apple did not respond to my requests for comment. I’m uncomfortable with my husband getting drunk when she’s around. And yet most of us never learn and continue avoiding taking those shots for one reason or another.

Alan lives in Lorton and drives throughout the D.C. Last night, he was at his friend’s house from 11 p./Maryland/Virginia area. When I last checked, he was the fifth-most active volunteer editor on Waze, which relies on crowdsourcing. until 6 a. He’s always monitoring the latest traffic wrinkles.

Friday evenings are reserved for sitting at his computer and poring through news releases issued by VDOT about various road closures and detours. She was there for part of the drinking and partying. While Alan is helping other Waze users, he’s also helping himself. Advertisement “It helps me by making it so that it's more efficient for me driving around in the area,” he said. What should we do? UNCOMFORTABLE IN THE WEST DEAR UNCOMFORTABLE: Although coming home at 6 a. “I don't go to an exit and it's no longer there.” Waze users can report problems they encounter by clicking the orange circle in the lower-right corner of their screen, then clicking on “Map issue. is awfully late, it may have happened because he was too drunk to drive home earlier.

” Dave Statter hopes alterations to GPS programs will cut down on that cross-lane maneuver. “I think it will particularly affect those who don't know the area at all,” he said. Has your husband done anything to cause your insecurity? If not, you need to work on your jealousy and trust issues. Even so, he’s noticed that some of the worst offenders are the drivers of hotel courtesy shuttles, who should know better. What seems to help, Dave said, is when an Arlington County police car parks in the gore zone near the Route 1 South exit. Related Articles. That dissuades the risky behavior.

Bad design should get some of the blame. Left exits are always tricky, since that’s where the fast lanes are meant to be. There’s only about a football field’s length between the Boundary Channel Drive entrance and the Route 1 exit. That’s doable if there’s absolutely no traffic, foolhardy when there is traffic. It’s just enticing enough for some drivers.

Advertisement Changes are in store for this nasty bit of pavement. “In the long term, the Boundary Channel Drive at I-395 Interchange Improvements project will reconfigure the ramps at I-395 and Boundary Channel Drive, extending the distance between the Boundary Channel Drive entrance ramp and the Route 1 exit ramp from 300 feet to 1,150 feet,” wrote Ellen from VDOT. “This project is set to begin construction this summer.” Alan thinks map apps get a bad rap, scapegoated by drivers who have only themselves to blame. “In all truthfulness, it’s a lot easier when they do something silly to say ‘My GPS told me to do it,’ even though the GPS doesn’t do it,” he said.

What all drivers should remember is: If it looks like a bad move, it probably is. Comment .