I got one for Christmas last year. We went to Hawaii. I was reading the
directions and programming in the addresses as we were flying over there.
We got to Lihui at 10pm on a moonless night. I plugged it in and slapped
the suction device on the windshield. It took us right to Lawai Resort,
which was a bunch of lefts and rights on curvy roads. We used it for a week
there, and it helped us greatly.
Back here, I use it a lot. If I was to go buy one, I'd get the one that's
the next step up, only because it has a larger screen, but for the dollars,
you can't go wrong for just helping you find places and navigate around.
GPS purists poopoo the TomTom, but if you don't need all those bells and
whistles, it's a great bare bones GPS.
I have a Garmin XL12 handheld that is the same way. Inexpensive, but bare
bones. It's so good, the USAF puts one in every flight survival pack. I've
left it out in the rain and snow for weeks. I've had it eight years or so,
and no problems whatsoever. Seen others that cost 5X, but just had color
and more bells and whistles. It all depends on your use. Same about car
Another good point. I was going to a place that was only a few miles from
home and had a pretty good idea where it was. As I got a little closer I hit
one of those torrential Florida thunderstorms. The visibility was about nil
and I knew I had to make a left turn soon. Problem: Can't see the street
signs. Fortunately I could see the traffic lights through the rain. My GPS
not only guided me into the turn, but into the development and finally right
to the right house. So I called the person I was to see and said I was in
their driveway and please open the garage door.
I love it!
I really like that where it shows on the screen the name of the upcoming
street. Nothing like driving on a busy street looking for a street sign
that is either not there, or behind an elm tree, and then you either slow
down and create a situation, or get into the wrong turn lane, or just drive
by it. Whilst watching out for all the other maniacs trying to get where
they're going, texting, yakking on the cell, watching DVD's, or doing God
Its not like watching TV. No more attention needed than looking for a street
sign. At least you know where the street name will be on the screen as
opposed to trying to find it on the street at some intersections. Europe is
even worse for street markings, a dingy old sign on a building maybe. Like
any tool, GPS can be use to help, or it can be abused.
Exactly. TV is a distration, a GPS does not have to be. No more
distracting than looking for a street sign. It does not make you oblivious
to your surroundings unless you want to be. People get distracted by the
radio, kids in the car, wife yelling, cup of coffee spilling and many other
things. It is the driver, not the device at fault.
Why needs to stare? Thats why you develop a scan pattern that includes
the mirrors. I'll take a GPS user any day compared to being in traffic
with someone who slows down, speeds up, slows down and looks like they
are pulling to a curb to park only to pull out again then speed up then
slows down and speeds up and swerves and then slows down and looks like
they are parking only to speed up and pull out and speed back up while
they are trying to find "Maple Ave."
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