Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Maps, Apps or GPS?

Stephanie

I have a Garmin GPS unit that needs to be updated  – $65 for lifetime updates. I have two different map applications on my iPhone although the Google application is always telling me that it somehow doesn’t have permission to know my current location. I also think there might be a 10 or 12-year-old map of Pennsylvania in my car that I probably don’t even remember how to read because it’s been so long since I’ve looked at a paper map to get me from point A to point B.

A friend from western Pennsylvania recently came to visit. She arrived with paper directions printed from the internet and I looked at them as if they were leftover relics from the ice age because it seems as though everyone is relying on something electronic to get them from one place to another.

Admittedly, I feel more comfortable driving to, in, or around unknown destinations with a GPS. (And a phone) How about you? Do you require electronic assistance to get you where you are going or are you happier following your own directions?


30 thoughts on “Maps, Apps or GPS?

  1. While I do carry my phone with me just about everywhere and I use it for helping me find my way, I also always keep a road atlas in the car, just in case.

  2. While I do carry my phone with me just about everywhere and I use it for helping me find my way, I also always keep a road atlas in the car, just in case.

  3. I print out or use paper maps from the Welcome Centers at the state lines. Love the locals there as they can often sketch better routes to places I’m going or help me find those places when the GPS hasn’t updated to include them [or forgot they used to exist]. I’ve had too many inaccuracies out of assorted GPS machines and go too many places in the wild that they insist don’t exist, like the old 4 number roads in eastern Tennessee and Kentucky.

  4. I print out or use paper maps from the Welcome Centers at the state lines. Love the locals there as they can often sketch better routes to places I’m going or help me find those places when the GPS hasn’t updated to include them [or forgot they used to exist]. I’ve had too many inaccuracies out of assorted GPS machines and go too many places in the wild that they insist don’t exist, like the old 4 number roads in eastern Tennessee and Kentucky.

  5. GPS is always accompanied by a good paper map. Too many horror stories of people getting lost and ending up in very bad situations. Even is using the GPS, it is wish to have studied your route before you leave home, have a good general idea of where the road is taking you and always keep the paper map handy just in case the GPS leads you astray.

    Don’t the states provide maps at Welcome Centers anymore? Always got one there when entering a new state. I got maps from almost the entire Continental US.

  6. GPS is always accompanied by a good paper map. Too many horror stories of people getting lost and ending up in very bad situations. Even is using the GPS, it is wish to have studied your route before you leave home, have a good general idea of where the road is taking you and always keep the paper map handy just in case the GPS leads you astray.

    Don’t the states provide maps at Welcome Centers anymore? Always got one there when entering a new state. I got maps from almost the entire Continental US.

  7. Maps. OMG maps.

    Every time we’ve had to rely on a GPS we’ve ended up with wrong turns & a general sense of stress as it’s impossible to plan ahead in a strange area. No contingency plans like ‘if we come up on xyz, we’ve gone too far’…

    That, and every darned taxi driver who uses a GPS can’t find our apartment building. Whatever happened to the taxi drivers who knew the areas they served?!

  8. Maps. OMG maps.

    Every time we’ve had to rely on a GPS we’ve ended up with wrong turns & a general sense of stress as it’s impossible to plan ahead in a strange area. No contingency plans like ‘if we come up on xyz, we’ve gone too far’…

    That, and every darned taxi driver who uses a GPS can’t find our apartment building. Whatever happened to the taxi drivers who knew the areas they served?!

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