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Do you use a GPS or the good old fashion map?

Discussion in 'General Automotive Talk' started by Soulwatcher, Jul 3, 2014.

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  1. Profit5500

    Profit5500 Member

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    Hi Greg it is good to see you here too LOL. I prefer the GPS it is just more technological and quicker than a map. I mean I never knew how to read a map in my life. My dad knew how to read maps when we would go to places. GPS would adjust to the direction you are going to your destination.
     
  2. pascual

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    When I drive I usually check out Google Maps and map out the route in my head ahead of time. I find GPS to be a bit distracting for me. My girlfriend uses that Waze app which also warns you of police speed traps and she swears by it. She uses it everyday. I prefer Google Maps if I do use GPS the rare time I have to. Usually on longer road trips I'll have a GPS on board.

    I remember the old days of paper maps taking road trips with my family. My dad always put me in charge of the map because I was the best at giving directions.
     
  3. Profit5500

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    I never used maps so do not ask me how to LOL. I would probably get people lost in the wilderness. I do not go on road trips since my family does not travel very often.
     
  4. Gelsemium

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    LOL, you know that this exists for quite a while you know? :p Sometimes it just takes a while for us to try new technologies, but when we do we wonder how we have been living before that.
     
  5. chrisfromwa

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    GPS all the way, I actually travel more now because of them.
    I hated maps, they get outdated so quick and really can't use them while driving so you had to reply on your passenger to tell you where you are.
     
  6. Peninha

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    I found the GPS really convenient, no more need to ask people around or to be lost, the machine simple tells us everything we need to know.
     
  7. Dez97

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    I prefer to use a GPS mainly because I'm the new generation and I prefer to get told step by step where to go and how to get there rather than trying to figure it out myself.
     
  8. Strykstar

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    I've used a GPS only for quite a few years now, so far it hasn't failed me.
    I do keep a "regular" map in the glove box though, you never know when you might need it and it takes up almost no room at all.
     
  9. Profit5500

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    GPS are always convenient when traveling. I think that the whole technology of the GPS is just improving. My dad has two of them but hardly uses them at all.
     
  10. shay

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    I've never learned to use a map so I stick to using a GPS. I'm terrible when it comes to directions so I need to depend less on a GPS and spend some time learning areas. I only memorize what I absolutely have to.
     
  11. mcjonesqwe

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    The GPS app on my phone is really slow and freezes a lot so I hate to use it. I do like maps, but the big problem with it is, some roads aren't always marked with their name. I was riding my bike one time over 8 miles with written down directions, and I passed a street 5 times because it was just marked with a "One Way' sign. Because of this alone, I usually opt for a GPS instead. I should really get a new phone or app though because it seems like I'm always fidgeting with it to work for me.
     
  12. Soulwatcher

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    Wow I am totally shocked lol! I thought for sure there would be more old schoolers like me who prefered a map. I guess its a sign of the time that I am getting too old and I need to get with modern times lol.

    Greg
     
  13. Peninha

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    Haha, you still using a map soulwatcher? So just try the GPS to see if you will go back to it, I doubt it! :p
     
  14. elmarianexx

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    Omg a map? Seriously?! Of course that I use a GPS. I couldn't imagine myself with a map in my hand and searching for a right track.
     
  15. May102014

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    Same here. I use the old school method of printing directions from Google or Yahoo. I have a good memory and sense of direction of where I am going to find a destination. However, I wouldn't mind using a GPS if that option was available to me.
     
  16. Peninha

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    I have used google maps a lot of times, I think it's pretty good, but once we have a GPS google maps is something from the past or at least there is no longer the need to print them.
     
  17. Livvy

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    Not to mention that a GPS might try and drive you into a field. But then a map will do the same unless you're constantly buying update versions of it, which is something people often forget;maps go out of date
     
  18. ic3squid

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    I've always used a GPS, I just can't use a map for the life of me, I must be dyslexic or something, it just seems so hard to pinpoint where you are and just follow it. But, of course like everyone has the GPS has failed me.

    I was driving on the motorway, heading back to London after a trip, the GPS suddenly goes off, no questions asked, my car still was running, so I pulled over and tried to see the problem, couldn't figure it out, it just turned off. Luckily I already knew the way back home, so I drove back home and emailed the GPS manufacturer and they asked to mail it to them, once I had got it mailed to them they couldn't figure what was wrong with it, so they just sent back a replacement. I still got that GPS today, serves me well.
     
  19. JoshTheboss

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    Not only does my phone have great GPS, but my car has a built in navigation too (incase my phone is dead and I'm lost).

    As a boy scout: Always be prepared.
     
  20. Flexin

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    Maps are good but a lot of people have smart phones now. Not everyone but a lot do. So for them, if the need to find something they can press a few buttons on the phone and find it. That is much easier then finding a store that sells maps. I ran into that problem driving from Indy to Rosemont, Illinois. I ended up stopping at about 5 stores or so. Not one had a map. I ended up calling my buddy in Ontario and he found me on his computer after telling him some of the streets I drove past. He stayed on the phone and gave me directions right to my hotel. That was an expensive phone call but it got me to my destination. If I had a smart phone or GPS it would have been great. A map would have been nice too and would have done the job. I would just have to stop to check it every now and then.

    So it doesn't surprise me how many use a gps or a phone now.

    James
     
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