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Mapquest Driving Directions

Updated on December 26, 2014

These days, it is not at all uncommon for someone to have to visit a place they have never been before. This often happens when individuals have medical problems that require them to visit a specialist. If they are not familiar with the neighborhood where the specialist's office is located, they can easily get lost. One of the easiest ways to prevent this is to print out a set of Mapquest driving directions.

If one knows the address of the destination and where he/she will be starting from, Mapquest can generate a set of turn by turn directions that include distances and an approximate time the trip should take. These detailed directions should make it more difficult for an individual to become lost.

One point that should be made is that these directions will only show the main routes between two points. There may be some secondary roads in between that could make the trip faster or shorter, but if one is unfamiliar with the area, these roads are not really a viable option. Mapquest takes this into account when generating directions and ignores secondary roads that could make the trip more confusing that it already is.

Mapquest Driving Directions
Mapquest Driving Directions

It is also important to note that the times listed on the directions are for estimation of drive time only. Several variables come into play when estimating drive times. Time of day, traffic volume, and individual driving habits all play a major part in how long a trip can take.

In addition to the directions, a map is usually created with the route traced out. Sadly, this map is usually not detailed enough to be of much use when seeking a specific destination in a city or town. The directions, though, will always get one to the address one is seeking if followed precisely.

When a medical condition requires a doctor to refer patients to a specialist in another area or city, the office staff normally prints out a set of directions and a map for the patient. It is important to realize that these directions usually have the doctor's office as the beginning point. It is a good idea to check this before beginning the trip as the staff does have access to one's home address and could put it in as the starting point.

Road maps
Road maps

If directions are not provided, it is not at all difficult to obtain them. All one needs is the address of the destination and a computer with internet access. A visit to the Mapquest website where one fills in the required information will produce a map and driving directions from one's home at no cost.

Aside from medical referrals, there are many reasons for people to need Mapquest driving directions. They may be setting out on a cross country trip for a vacation or for business purposes. If the trip is expected to take more than one day, reservations may be made at hotels, motels, or campgrounds, depending on the nature of the trip. A complete set of driving directions would include turn by turn directions to reach these places where one plans to stay the night. The next day's directions would use that as the starting point.

One could also decide to visit a friend or relative whose house one has never been to. As long as one has the correct street address for this person, one can generate a set of driving directions that will end at their home. The software that generates the directions does not care if the destination is a business or a residence. It just needs the physical address.

It does not really matter what reason one has for traveling outside his/her normal area. As soon as one is out of familiar territory, getting lost becomes a possibility. Mapquest driving directions can be a great aid in preventing this. They stick to main routes and show distances between turns. The directions are very specific and detailed as to which direction one should turn, what street or road one is turning onto, etc.

Mapquest driving directions have greatly improved the lives of those who travel outside their own familiar territory. Regardless of the reason for the trip, business, pleasure, visit with family, or visit with a specialist in the medical field, these directions make finding the location one seeks a great deal easier than it used to be. They are far more detailed than road map ever could be and provide important information such as distances to the tenth of a mile between turns and approximate driving time. These features make getting lost a thing of the past.

The value of Mapquest driving directions can not be overstated. If one knows where he/she is starting from and where he/she is going, a complete set of turn by turn driving directions can be generated that make finding the destination simple and efficient.


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      tom clay 7 years ago

      why do you need my phone use mapquest

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      Milla Mahno 7 years ago from Florida

      I usually double check or even triple check the directions using all available online services - if the trip is important :)

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      Origin 7 years ago from Minneapolis

      Mapquest has been great for when I have job interviews. The only downside is that it's not always accurate, sometimes the mileage is off (I keep track of it, tells me when to turn), and sometimes it skips street names (or possibly the street names have changed since then - and not updated yet). Anyhow, great hub!

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      Blake Ford Hall 7 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Cute photo and info essay.

      Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      Jennifer Bennett 8 years ago

      Mapquest is a valuable asset for me because I can't lost often.

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      Trusted Marketing 8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      A lot of folks have bad things to say abut Mapquest's actual directions. I have usually found them to be OK. I do jot have a GPS yet and with options like Mapquest might not need one.

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      Milla Mahno 8 years ago from Florida

      Mish, sure I will x

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      Cool hub Milla. Let me know how it works for you :)