Sat nav errors wear thin for homeowner
A Somerset woman is pleading with her council to improve signage on her narrow road, after having her Grade-II listed home repeatedly struck by HGVs.
Coxley resident Caroline Cockman is fed up with lorry drivers blindly following sat nav devices and getting stuck in the 6ft wide lane that runs in front of her house.
The lane already has a sign warning drivers that the lane is unsuitable for large vehicles, but that hasn't stopped countless lorries getting stuck, with three stricken vehicles needing rescuing in the past week alone.
Aside from the inconvenience of the road being blocked, Ms Cockman estimates that around £50,000 worth of damage has been caused to her and her neighbour's garden walls by impatient drivers who have got wedged, and then attempted to force their way through.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the 54-year-old homeowner said: "Their sat navs direct them down the lane. They ignore the evidence of their own eyes that it's too narrow and just carry on until they get stuck.
"The worst incident happened in 2008 when a big lorry got stuck then tried to ram its way down, costing £13,000 in repairs.
"There have been so many incidents, I can't remember them all. Several have caused £5,000 damage.
"I've started claiming off my own insurance because it was so slow claiming third party from the driver's insurance.
"It's heart-breaking because as soon as something is repaired it's just a matter of time before it gets damaged again."
Ms Cockman is now urging the council to make signs warning drivers about the road's narrow width more prominent, in a bid to deter those who unquestioningly follow their sat nav devices.
A Somerset county council spokesperson told the Daily Mail that the current signage was adequate and that further notices were not necessary.