A very tight junction and too much speed.

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  1. Dieselman

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    I nipped out last night to go to somewhere I had never been to before, so was following the SatNav.

    On the A40 I needed to turn off at Goodrich Castle. The SatNav showed the junction as a lead off from the A40, so I didn't think about slowing too much.
    At this point there are no streetlights and it was sluicing it down with rain, so visibility and grip were reduced.
    As I went to turn off the A road I realised the junction was a full on 90 degree bend.

    Thank goodness for driving a decent car with powerful brakes and good tyres. It was a heart stopping moment. :D

    Zoom in to the junction.

    https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?oe=u...9&gl=uk&ei=2S8sU8-RN-mS1AXepYFA&ved=0CJIBELYD
     
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    Kahneman would say that System 1 got you out of a tight spot.. where as System 2 would have prevented you from getting into trouble in the first place.

    And yes it is in these (luckily) rare moments that you appreciate the importance of choosing a good car, and maintaining it properly...

    But the most important thing as that you (and the car) are OK.
     
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    You were obviously in the Citroen then :D
     
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    After realizing it lied,and will again,much safer to read the road and reduce
    speed for adverse weather conditions.:rolleyes:
     
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    It wasnt sat-nav error it was driver error.

    Driving too fast for the conditions same as if it was foggy. :D
     
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    I was. :D

    I'm not sure the Merc would have been able to slow enough and turn into the bend without the back end going light.
     
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    No, because I was able to react to the changed situation. ;)
    I wasn't driving too fast for the conditions, simply wasn't aware of the acute turn. If I had gone off the road due to water, that would have been too fast for the conditions. That wasn't the case.

    The information was that the junction was a shallow bend, the reality was that it wasn't.
    If I had had lack of concentration (as Mr Foggy eventually accepted), I would have ploughed through the junction and off the road.

    Lightning reactions... ;) :p
     
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    You were misled by your sat nav that nearly caused an accident,and your lightening reactions saved you...Fantastic.:thumb:
     
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    That one would have been OK as it has a centre island to indicate how sharp it is.
    The one I took was the previous junction which has no markings, signs or island.
    Looking at the fence line, it looks as though the road has been altered, hence the SatNav error
     
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    How would you have fared if it was foggy Will ? :D
     
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    I'd have missed the junction completely...

    Or maybe I would have been driving slower due to lack of visibility...


    Boom, Boom. ;)
     
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    Since you've jumped on the bandwagon, you can explain how that is.

    The road has been altered so doesn't show correctly on the SatNav and I didn't miss the junction and was able to react in time.
    To confirm, I've just checked on a road atlas and it shows a shallow slip road junction.

    If you look at the previously posted map and street view, you can see the paint markings appear like a shallow slip road.
    Only when you get right on top of the junction is it apparent that it is a sharp turn, which I slowed in time for.


    Over to you. :)
     
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    I think you need to slow down a little ;)
     
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    You were obviously driving too fast for the conditions and were driving faster than you could see.

    An elementary mistake :D

     
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    And the fact that this road was unfamiliar to you...could surely be included in the term 'conditions' ?
     
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