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How many use a GPS when traveling? Why yes. Why no. Curious.

  1. GPSWorldTraveler profile image73
    GPSWorldTravelerposted 7 years ago

    How many use a GPS when traveling? Why yes.  Why no.  Curious.

  2. Moon Willow Lake profile image81
    Moon Willow Lakeposted 7 years ago

    The only GPS I have is through my cell phone. Though I rarely use it, I have used it when I was out of the state. That said, I always look at the map and write down my own directions before I go on the trip too. That is because I don't want to completely rely on GPS though I do find it helpful when I'm in unfamiliar areas. One reason I use it when traveling is because I think it's a bit safer than glancing down at written directions because I can listen to what it's telling me rather than trying to read directions.

  3. cottontail profile image60
    cottontailposted 7 years ago

    Yes. Absolutely. Have a gps in my car and then use the maps app on my iphone when I travel to get walking directions to restaurants and museums. smile

  4. tinaweha profile image65
    tinawehaposted 7 years ago

    I don't use a GPS, but I'm not afraid to ask random people for directions.  My husband uses a GPS and that darn squawk box talks all the way through two states.

  5. cheapsk8chick profile image54
    cheapsk8chickposted 7 years ago

    I couldn't find my way out of a paper bag without my GPS.  I use it all the time, even when running around town because it gets me out of my usual rut of driving the way I know how to get somewhere.  Usually my way is not the best or most direct way, and my GPS makes up for that.

  6. freecampingaussie profile image61
    freecampingaussieposted 7 years ago

    yes in the cities ! We find it very useful most of the time , sends us the wrong way every so often !

  7. maria.rose profile image36
    maria.roseposted 7 years ago

    Initially locking GPS signals when the GPS chip turns on to acquire your location (in Lat/Lon/Elevation) requires extra information that takes time to get directly through the GPS signal (its broadcast at set intervals or something). Cell phones can connect to a data network, so instead they request this information over the cell network instead of waiting for the information from the GPS signal. This greatly increases how fast your GPS chip on the phone can figure out where you are. This requires data, yes, but its not needed since it can get the signal either way, just quicker with the initial data assist.

  8. Ken Barton profile image56
    Ken Bartonposted 7 years ago

    Using a GPS goes against everything my Dad taught me when I was growing up.  We'd go for long drives way out in the country and then he'd pull over and have us point in the direction of home.  We learned to keep track of the direction we were going this way, to watch the position of the sun, look for land marks, basically to travel with more than using a map for direction.  Another way to say this is, "I'm a Guy" who by definition doesn't ask for directions or use a GPS.

    Do you know who the two most embarrassed men in History were?

    Luis & Clark,  why?

    Because they had to have Sacajawea, a woman, show them the way through the wilderness and on to the Pacific Ocean.  How embarrassing! lol!