Re: Car GPS Devices
I did eventually get one, but my opinion is somewhat mixed. It is really nice at night when it's hard to see street signs, but there are times where it doesn't always choose the best roads for a commercial vehicle. I don't really want to run through every county road and deer path on the way to my destination. I probably should have spent a bit more money on one with truck routing. So what I do is use my atlas to figure out the interstate routing into the town I'm delivering and then I use the GPS to find the specific street once I get close.
Here's an example of how messed up it can be at times. I put in my house from downtown and it wanted me to take I-74 to Colerain and go up Colerain to 275 east to Hamilton Ave. and then to my house. It's a bit faster to stay on 74 to 275 east to Hamilton, even though it's a little farther. The Tom Tom simply sees a US Route that is shorter and it doesn't know that the route it's wanting to run involves traffic lights and slower driving.
Funny enough though, the feature I use the most is simply finding points of interest near where I am. I have all the major truck stop chains listed in there and most of the major grocery store chains as well. That comes in handy on the road, just punching in and looking for the closest grocery.