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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2009 1:26:24 PM

When driving to an unfamiliar place, what do you mainly use for detailed directions to your destination?
Printed maps or an atlas
MapQuest, Google Maps, or other Internet sites
AAA / CAA or other motor clubs (non-Internet)
Other prior verbal/written directions
GPS
I call or ask along the way
Other (please note in the discussion)
NA - I don't drive / someone else navigates

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april4
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2014 6:29:43 AM

My experience is that either MapQuest or AAA are more reliable that GPS.
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GPS
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MAP
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Google Maps and printed maps.
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2013 2:38:20 AM

mapquest
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thorman52
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Google maps. Found MapQuest to be inaccurate more than once.
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US_ICEMAN
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2013 4:29:02 PM

GPS
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:59:42 PM

GPS
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achung53
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:02:50 AM

MapQuest, Google Maps, or other Internet sites
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iwannavet
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2012 7:41:43 AM

gps
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coffeebrake1015
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Google/Map's.
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gut feelings
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2012 7:10:39 PM

mapquest
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candyhappygal
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My Magelan GPS
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GPS!
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 7:38:37 PM

When doing delivery work as a courier, I rely totally on a Garmin GPS.

When planning ahead for a scheduled trip, I look at a Google map on the computer to get an overview. But I always depend on my very reliable Garmin.

I regularly download the quarterly updates, so my maps are the latest. I report discrepancies so the electronic maps are as reliable as possible.

Recently I have used my iPhone on occasion. Pretty good usually, but not as nice as my 2005 Garmin Model 2820. The Garmin simultaneously displays arrival time, distance, and travel time. Also, has a screen for average speed, average moving speed, moving time, travel time, and lots more.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2012 7:58:40 AM

GPS backed up by a state map or Atlas
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gps
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Printed maps and MapQuest
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gps
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gps
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TOM TOM GPS
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GPS
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2011 10:01:39 AM

Tom Tom GPS
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GPS
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cell phone gps
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Google Maps on Blackberry
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GPS
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compass
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GPS
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mapquest
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1)GPS, 2) folded maps, and 3) Gas station workerbees
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GPS
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ask Mr. Google
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2011 10:01:57 PM

Portable GPS, Garmin in this case, and iPhone, with paper maps still in
the door side pocket, just in case, as long as AAA provides.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2011 5:45:23 PM

map
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2011 10:46:47 AM

Non GPS Car, mapquest or google, GPS car, GPS
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2011 9:21:04 AM

For my most recent trip (on Friday):

It was primarily Mapquest and Google Maps. (For the "planned" part)

For the return trip I was told to take a different (direct?) route... which I hadn't printed out.

In that case I went off of "prior verbal directions" and partially using my Smart Phone's Google Maps (with GPS function) program to make sure I was on course.

(Sidenote: Moderator GM... The Venture Brothers Rule!)
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2011 11:35:35 PM

GPS
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2011 10:09:27 PM

The North star.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2011 3:24:45 AM

MapQuest.
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GPS
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Map Quest
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Magellan, GPS
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2011 6:45:02 PM

I have a Garmin but Google Maps turn-by-turn Navigation on my cell phone is the most convenient.
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2011 3:39:27 PM

GPS
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2011 11:03:21 PM

I use combination of printed maps and Google Maps.
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2011 4:35:38 PM

GPS - I do not leave home without it.
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I'll try my nevagation
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dslxcur
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2011 1:05:53 AM

Dang! .........................

Started about 7 or 8 years ago exclusively.........................

using Mapquest then as well as the Google engine now that both now powers internet commerce.................

still keep and refer too the Thomas Guides ............................

Every bit Helps ......................................

Don't have GPS .......................

Maybe until they start having close to real pictures and ....................

[Edited by: dslxcur at 1/24/2011 2:08:46 AM EST]
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