Yes. I don't even own a map book anymore. I have a Tom Tom and it goes everywhere with me in case I need to go somewhere I don't know the way to. I absolutely love it. I dread the day the network is down and I'm stuck somewhere and don't know my way - it has definitely made me a lazy navigator.
I wouldn't leave home without it. I have terrible sense of direction, so it's always been my lifesaver. Plus I like getting lost, especially on road trips and discovering new places. A GPS gives me peace of mind that no matter where I am, it will get me back on track.
anytime I am someplace I don't know well, I use the maps app on my iphone, even though it doesn't use real-time GPS. My old iphone 4 used to lag about a block or so behind my location, but my new iphone 5c is much better.
Hi Finy, I can't read a road map either, so I'm very glad there's other people out there who can't, My husband used to get very annoyed with me, & before Tom-Tom, he'd have to keep pulling over to the side of the road, to read the UBD himself! (But we're still married!)
I like to use a GPS when traveling to a new destination. However I always check a road map as well so they I know in my own mind where I am going. Sometimes the GPS route is not always the best route to take.
I do not own a GPS and would not buy one. i google the address i'm going to before i leave the house, write i down in my own code and i'm off. i very really get lost. i have outstanding sense of direction (especially for a woman) if i'm out and i need to find a place i use a map! Gasp! shock! yes people still use paper maps
I'm not good at using street directories, but I'm not crash hot on the GPS either. It takes forever to find a signal and sometimes takes me the longest route possible. I like to use Google Maps before going somewhere I am not familiar with and printing out a paper copy of the directions I need.
I think GPSs are a great idea. However, mine seems to have a drinking problem and the directions I receive from it are often insane. So I've gone back to prayer (Please don't get lost) and Street Directories.
If it's a new place, I make it a point to check on Google maps before leaving. Always prefer trusting my instincts if I'm lost. The GPS is not reliable always and it clouds my instincts. Often a reason for arguments with my tech savvy hubby.
When my husband drove a lot, we used a Tom-Tom. The 'voice' would send us the wrong direction a lot of the time!
Now he only drives 5-6ks from home, for us to do the weekly food shop & see a movie on Sunday afternoons, so we don't need it anymore. The rest of the time we go out on public transport, but our suburb doesn't have a bus service on Sundays or public holidays.
The unit in my car is pretty good as I can select preferences for shortest route, with or without tolls and when I go a shorter way not in its program, it's pretty quick to pick up where I am and continue on with its directions. I do also carry a UBD in the boot in case I ever need to refer to it. The only negative is when I constantly go MY way and it won't retain my direction.