Is there a REAL reason, besides the technogeek idea for a GPS. I'll get a lot of OMG's but what is it that people have forgotten how to read a map? We carry a current map for each state, and a US map,and when down there Mexico maps.
City maps are usually available at the chamber of commerce or you can order then ahead of time.
I have heard and I do believe it that a GPS has lead a lot of people out of the way , on the wrong road and with some of the equipment on the road.
Kind of hard to back out of a one way street?
Just a thought. Oh yes I have one. More of a novelty to us,and usually shut it off until we get to where we are going.
We find there VERY helpful when navigating major cities where we're not familiar with them. finding a restaurant in San Antonio, for example is made pretty easy. Getting advice about which lane to be in is another big advantage in major and even smaller metropolitan areas.
You're right we COULD go to the chamber of commerce for a map but without the GPS it could be difficult to find the chamber of commerce. It's very difficult in a large city for ONE person to both drive and read a map but GPS takes you there without any additional help. They really serve no real purpose while on the highway.
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Ever try to read a map while you're driving down a busy freeway looking for the right exit, and making sure you're in the right lane for that exit? Try to read one at night while on an unfamiliar two lane twisty road? Have to double check to make sure the next intersection is the right one, and not run into the car in front of you?
AFAIC a GPS is one of the best things since sliced bread.
If you are inclined to take the fastest, quickest route there, then go by the maps... but if you want to explore the road ahead of time, and find the side roads to beaches and sites that go past, or just to the sites, then get the GPS and learn to use it.
Last year we travelled the Oregon coast, and we kept picking VIA points that took us off the fastest most direct route, but that made us stop and smell the roses as we drove along. Without the full detailed map that is installed within the GPS, and a little advance planning, we would have missed many side roads that went in the right direction, but made the trip a lot more interesting.
The GPS plotted our path, told us when to expect to turn, and led us through to the other side.
Having said that, if you are towing, or have limited ability to turn around should things go wrong, consider all diversions carefully. Sometimes they appear much better than they really are.
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