Garmin now has a lifetime maps option. Pay about $100 and you can get free map updates as long as your GPS is breathing.
The GL family picked up a GPS (Garmin Nuvi) and I like it 10 times more than I thought I would. The Mrs. has a difficult time with directions, so this is an absolute Godsend for her.
Five minutes into an 8 hour return trip the highway we were supposed to get on was backed up for miles. The GPS recalculated, on the fly, a route for us that added a whopping 1 minute to our drive home. Pure delight.
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.
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I spotted the problem........ "Tom Tom " (I'm a Garmin Guy).
But usually there is setting to maximize use of highways.
I got to use Verizon's Navigator GPS free for 30 days. Up until then, I was very unfamiliar with GPS's. Pretty neat. I didn't renew it after 30 days; but it sold me on finding a portable GPS - Garmin seems to be the most recommended.
What do some of you think of this deal?......
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One problem I have with Garmin--even the updates refuse to call the road I live on by the right name. In the late seventies, a sign with the wrong name was put on it (the name of a road that lies in a straight line southwest of it, running the same direction.) The sign was removed a short time later and replaced with a correct one, but Garmin insists on calling the road by the old wrong name and calling the next road up what this one should be called.
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