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ViaMichelin.com: Free Online Driving Directions

Updated on February 15, 2009
Maps for both the USA and EU.
Maps for both the USA and EU.

I've driven all over Europe, and it can really be a nightmare. If the maniac drivers don’t get you, the bizarre road signage will. This can be particularly frustrating if you’re driving a car tallying mileage – but cruising down roads counting off kilometers. The same goes if you’re a European traveling in the US – must drive you mad, with “miles” and “gallons” written all over the place! Your best bet in these situations having GPS navigation of some kind – but even those can go wonky. And they can certainly break.

Which means you really have no business going anywhere without something on paper. Yeah, maps are great – but they won’t give you step by step instructions, unless they come with a tourguide. I honestly can’t remember how I found it, but ViaMichelin.com is an absolute Godsend. Yeah, that’s Michelin, as in, the puffy-tire-coat man. His site is fantastic, and let me tell you why. All you have to do is know where you are, and where you want to go – he’ll do the rest.

Goodies for you:

  • Want to make a detour on the way? He can swing that for you.
  • You can choose what kind of route you want: economic, scenic, fastest, etc.
  • You can choose to avoid tolls, border crossings, and congested areas.
  • If you have viamichelin on your GPS device, you can have the results sent to it from the computer.
  • It tells you how many hours it will take to get there.
  • You can get the results in miles or kilometers.
  • It tells you how much the road tax will cost.
  • It tells you how much the gas will cost.
  • It offers maps for each point where you’ll need to change roads.
  • It tells you how long you’ll have been driving – and reminds you to take a break!
  • It shows you both the local and national signage – important when traveling through the EU, as there are often 3 numbers for each road!
  • And – you can even program it to tell give you a route for walking or cycling.

If that’s not enough for you, the site does hotel reservations and restaurants, too. I’ve not used those personally, but I can definitely vouch for the directions. I love this thing, I can’t tell you how often I use it. It’s excellent on all levels – local, national and international. My only complaint is that sometimes there’s more than 1 particularly city in each country – Germany is notorious for this – and it’s sometimes difficult to know which to choose. But with a little effort you can usually figure it out. What are you waiting for? Try it, you’ll like it!

xx Isabella

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    • Misha profile image

      Misha 

      10 years ago from DC Area

      Next time I definitely will ma'am ;)

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile image

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Way to go, technology!

    • Isabella Snow profile imageAUTHOR

      Isabella Snow 

      10 years ago

      God forbid you should just agree with me, lol! ;)

    • Misha profile image

      Misha 

      10 years ago from DC Area

      Nice hub Isa :) I still like google better, though...

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