A major Sat Nav glitch has added up to a thousand miles onto Europeans drivers’ journey time by taking them through a tiny Austrian mountain village.

Customers of the navigation system manufacturers Garmin have been rerouted through the picturesque village of Preitenegg, near the Styrian mountains in an attempt to avoid traffic.

Drivers from all over Europe have been voicing their discontent about the diversion problem since July – with the issue consistent whether motorists were driving from London to Edinburgh or Berlin to Munich.

Garmin has confirmed that they are working hard to rectify the embarrassing error, and despite protests from customers, there have yet to be any reports of anyone following the advice of the GPS and being stranded in the village.

The technological giants have vowed to rectify the mistake in time for the next update on the system and have been able to see a positive in a potentially disastrous situation.

In a statement they said: “Our engineers have found the problems arise particularly in devices where only one sub region, such as Western Europe, is installed. We are pleased though, that Garmin has helped Preitenegg to become better known, we will resolve the problem with the next map update.”

Consumers from the UK have been particularly vocal about the error and have been startled when an unknown place in Austria has shown up adding up to 2,000 kilometers onto their journey distance.

One forum user said: “When playing with it today to learn my way around I was investigating travel incidents and was surprised to see that the listing for all of them had the word ‘Preitengg’ at the beginning. Preitenegg is a town in Austria – I am in England.”

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

November 23, 2015

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