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Today I took a deep breath and bought myself a GPS.   This evening I installed it, charged it  and tried to read and understand all the instructions. Tomorrow I'm going to set it
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Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/5/2011 9:21 PM EDT
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Today I took a deep breath and bought myself a GPS.   This evening I installed it, charged it  and tried to read and understand all the instructions.
Tomorrow I'm going to set it for an address in the neighboring town and see what happens - if I can understand it.  Tongue out

Do you have one?  Are you happy with it?  What are pluses and drawbacks?

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/5/2011 10:15 PM EDT
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My husband has one in his SUV.  It is built in....was with the car when he bought it.  We really like it, as if you do something different than what it tells you, it will figure another way to go.  The GPS has a female voice.  We have named her "Glinda" the good witch in "The Wizard of OZ".  The only bad thing is that  she has trouble pronouncing Spanish street names.  Of course the car is made in Japan...maybe that is why!  Hope you enjoy yours!

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/5/2011 10:37 PM EDT
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Thanks Barbara --- I've never even been in a vehicle with one - lol. 

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/5/2011 11:14 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Driving with a GPS:
Thanks Barbara --- I've never even been in a vehicle with one - lol. 
Posted by Nancy G


Hi Nancy my son and DIL have one in their car and I don't think she goes anywhere without it.They love it.

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/5/2011 11:26 PM EDT
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My son in law got one for my daughter last year. She used it a few times but, it doesn't work great out in the country. Also, there is so much construction around here with detours, it doesn't recognize them. She had to subscribe to a service for it and it had to have updates downloaded regularly for new roads, streets, one ways, etc. I like to just look up stuff on Google before we head out. I get pictures of buildings, etc. near turns and it really helps.

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/6/2011 7:29 AM EDT
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Today I'm going to give it a try ..... wish me luck.

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/6/2011 8:38 AM EDT
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Never program your own home address in your GPS - instead program the address of a store or mall near your home.  If your GPS is stolen, theives won't have yuor home address.

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/6/2011 9:14 AM EDT
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I don't have one,not sure if I would need one. Let us know how it works for you.
I think the prices are going down and more are available in newer cars

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/6/2011 9:38 AM EDT
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My daughter and has one. We go tho National Bowling Tournments for the last 14 years.
We drive everywhere and have been lost several times. We say we take the scenic route.
My daughter got a GPS last year when we went to Texas. It was wonderful. We will use it
when we go to New York in June. We have seen a lot of this beautiful country.Some of our team flies.
It is nice  to have a car when we are there so we can go sight seeing also.

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/6/2011 9:51 AM EDT
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My daughter and has one. We go tho National Bowling Tournments for the last 14 years. We drive everywhere and have been lost several times. We say we take the scenic route. My daughter got a GPS last year when we went to Texas. It was wonderful. We will use it when we go to New York in June. We have seen a lot of this beautiful country.Some of our team flies. It is nice  to have a car when we are there so we can go sight seeing also.
Posted by Sara S

I don't have one but one of the girls in our group have one and she brings it when we rent a car on our trips together there are 5 of us and we go to national bowling tournments together

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/6/2011 12:00 PM EDT
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My husband's car came with a built-in GPS and it has saved him several times. But it's not fool proof - puts you in the wrong place sometimes. I enjoy having the list of restaurants to look through when we're traveling and don't know where to eat.

I think you can select either a male or female voice, whatever you prefer.

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/6/2011 12:53 PM EDT
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I have one and I like having it.  However, I usually always have backup directions in case the GPS can't get reception where I am goiing.

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/6/2011 2:14 PM EDT
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I have one, really 2.  My phone has GPS and my last trip I used my phone.  It was great until I got into an area that had no coverage then the GPS would go away.  So when I got home I got a "real" GPS but have not had to use it yet.
I have mixed feelings about it.  I LOVE maps and reading all the great little places that are near where we are traveling.  Problem is now I am driving and my husband does not understand maps anymore.  (another sad realization!) So I had to get the GPS for any trips we intend on taking. A word of caution though a GPS unit  is just a tool.  Use it with caution and common sense.  I have heard a lot about people that followed the directions and got lost.  The GPS will tell you to go where there should be a road only to find out there is not a  completed road.  Doesn't happen real often but don't leave the maps at home.

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/6/2011 3:28 PM EDT
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I DID IT!!! I actually did it.  I got it all finished (very easy - no problems at all) and told it the address of my dentist's office in the neighboring town.  OH, it worked  .... and, just as incredible, I understood  what "she" was telling me.

What's really funny is that I supposed she would give me the main street route to the office - not the short-cut I usually take.  lol  She sent me down a different and very much better short cut.  Incredible!!
And, when leaving the address she told me another short cut to get back on the highway!!  In 18 years I'd never been down that street.

She asked where I was going and I clicked "Home" then turned off at a shopping center to see how she reacted. She told me a couple times she was refiguring then shut up.  I went shopping and when I started up again she knew I was in the big parking lot and told me how to get out and back on the road home. 

I just can't get over this.   I'm naming her "Kitten" ... she acts like the boss.

Thanks for listening.

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/6/2011 5:35 PM EDT
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Nancy, don't you have enough cats in your household?
At least this one won't sleep in the sink, eat cake or unroll a full roll of toilet paper.

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/6/2011 5:39 PM EDT
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LOL LOL LOL   but she'll never be warm and furry either.

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/6/2011 6:19 PM EDT
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Ihave a gps and I dont like it.

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/6/2011 7:46 PM EDT
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Gee Nancy, sounds like your new "toy" is a winner lol.  I brought back a gps when I went to visit my sister in Georgia but it didn't have any software with it.  Unfortunately it's also an older model so I can't even buy new software for it for Illinois.  Have fun and stay safe.

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/6/2011 9:34 PM EDT
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H.M.   displaying my ~blush~blush~ total ignorance .... what software?  I couldn't handle anything like that. 
This little thing is incredible.  When I finally got the stupid plastic parts stuck on my windshield I carried the important stuff, that little flat box, outside and turned it on.  I waited maybe 3 or 4 minutes while it powered itself up.  Then it knew where it was - exactly!!!  I didn't have to tell it anything - it knew!
  
Later, when I was telling it the dentist office address, it did ask for "home" address name and numbers.
I am so impressed with this thing I think it's magic.

The written instructions in the very short, tiny, tiny booklet are too ... hmmmmm.... they think I know more than I do.

Re: Driving with a GPS

posted at 4/10/2011 9:12 AM EDT
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I have not tried a GPS.  But when husband was working in other states, it would have been very helpful.  He and I got lost more than once!
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