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Krummhorn
Jan-19-2010, 19:08
Finally took the plunge and bought a GPS for my travel navigation. After about 6 months of researching, good or bad, I decided upon the Garmin nuvi 1490T. It came with lifetime map upgrades and a traffic updater (FM transmission) as well as a host of other useful features.

So far, very pleased with it, including "Jack", (sorry, David :lol:) the Aussie voice prompter who informs me of upcoming turns or lane changes on the freeway.

Anyone else use these electronic wizards?

Dorsetmike
Jan-19-2010, 21:16
I look at a map if I'm going somewhere I've not been before, but it's getting to the stage now that I would have to go quite a long way before running out of places I've been before (within the UK that is); I cycled from Poole to London (105 miles) when I was 15 without a map, just knowing the route from having travelled it with my parents.

Never wanted a GPS, I do sometimes look at Google or other map services on the internet and print out a local street map of a town I have not been to for some time, but that's about as close as I get to "electronic wizards" for driving

Contratrombone64
Jan-19-2010, 23:09
I have an uncanny knack of knowing what time it is and where I'm headed, always use a map.

wljmrbill
Jan-20-2010, 00:31
DO not own a GPS unit but have used them before and do like it. Mainly less hassle while driving.

JHC
Jan-20-2010, 06:31
We don't have many alternative routes here in NZ so I rely on memory or a map, my wife is very good in Cities and I am a wiz on the open road, I do get a bit confused now when in a City it comes with advanced years.

Contratrombone64
Jan-20-2010, 12:02
Advanced years inDEED (again with a certain Lost in Space quality). You're only as young as the woman you're fondling, isn't that how the phrase goes? Nevertheless, I'm sure some of those roads that traverse your beautiful country must be hundreds of kilometres long (especially from the Bay of Islands down to the southern point of the North Island).

JHC
Jan-20-2010, 21:24
I'm sure some of those roads that traverse your beautiful country must be hundreds of kilometres long (especially from the Bay of Islands down to the southern point of the North Island).
So you must have visited us, so long as you follow the main road and can read the sign posts you can't go wrong :wave: a bit different on some minor roads

teddy
Jun-15-2010, 16:02
GPS would have been useful some years ago when I might be trying to find a particular house down an unmarked road in the dark 100 miles from where I live. Generally I believe that I am quite capable of driving into a river on my own without any help.

teddy

Contratrombone64
Jun-16-2010, 00:51
My partner Geoff has a GPS and it got us spectacularly lost on the way to dinner last Saturday night. I suggested tossing it out the window, this was met by a stoney silence and "cat's bum" lip posture.

JHC
Jun-16-2010, 01:58
I have just replaced our sedan work horse with a smaller coupe which has GPS, took a bit of getting used to but surprisingly accurate and quick it comes as part of one of these on board computer thingies c/w TV, 6 CD stacker mp3 compatible etc, also can adj to check fuel consumption in mpg instead of L/100k which I just can't be bothered with

Contratrombone64
Jun-16-2010, 12:02
LOL @ Colin - your candor is fetching.