There's mud in your eye, Google Maps followers.
Think you've had a bad day? On June 23, several drivers thought they found a traffic loophole, but soon found themselves mired in mud, mud, and more mud.
A traffic jam on Peña Boulevard caused many drivers to find an alternate route to get to the airport. Google Maps came through with a suggestion to get around the traffic, which while technically an actual road, turned out to be a real-life example of the saying, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."
Turns out GPS sent about 100 drivers to a dirt road through a field that was a muddy mess thanks to rain.
"It eventually took me to a road that...became dirt," Connie Monsees of Highlands Ranch said on ABC News' Start Here podcast. "I was not the only one, there was probably a hundred cars out there." She related that she felt that because other cars were taking the route, it would be ok. It didn't take long to see the flaw in that assumption, and there was no way to turn around.
Dozens of drivers had been lead way, way off-road and gotten stuck in the mud or slid into ditches. Monsees related that her all-wheel-drive vehicle was able to handle the terrain, but drivers who were stranded asked her for a ride. For those who didn't get stuck, the detour ended up taking upwards of four hours to get out of.
Dozens of drivers were directed down a muddy dirt road in Colorado this weekend, resulting in a backup nearly 100 cars deep. So why did Google Maps point them there in the first place? https://t.co/It5qvwA6NQ pic.twitter.com/BP7Q1Cugfo— Start Here Podcast • ABC News (@StartHereABC) June 26, 2019
For its part, Google made the following statement to ABC News:
"We take many factors into account when determining driving routes, including the size of the road and the directness of the route. While we always work to provide the best directions, issues can arise due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather. We encourage all drivers to follow local laws, stay attentive, and use their best judgment while driving."
In this case, the best judgment may be to just be patient, according to Monsees.
"I don't know that it's so much about Google, it's about us — that we want so badly for life to be efficient that we try to take shortcuts that aren't really necessary," she told ABC News.